Hartford HealthCare (HHC)

Empowering Members "to Speak Out and Win"

Collective bargaining agreements reached over the past six weeks with multiple employers for thousands of working people represented by AFT Connecticut-affiliated local unions share much in common. The individual contracts certainly included gains designed to meet the needs of the union members who ratified them. Each was also the product of collective efforts demonstrating that the "U and I in Union" is how to achieve that which cannot be accomplished alone.
 

Honoring "Heroes" for Going the Extra Mile

Five Connecticut caregivers this past weekend were recognized at our national union’s biennial convention for volunteering to provide assistance following the devastation of two hurricanes. The registered nurses in April had joined a team of mainland health professionals for a relief mission to the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). Together they performed vision and hearing screenings for over 9,000 public school students in the territory, an accomplishment that earned them accolades as "AFT Heroes" for 2018.
 

Telling Hartford HealthCare Union Members Are Not "Pawns"

Countless Connecticut residents are currently caught in a power struggle between a health network and an insurer, restricting access to preferred doctors and spiking medical costs. In response, leaders of the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) took action on behalf of impacted union members and retirees. They are collectively demanding that Hartford HealthCare (HHC) immediately resolve its ongoing contract dispute with Anthem, Inc.
 
Click here for union leaders' letter to the network's CEO.
 

Windham Hospital Caregivers Protect Community Access to Vital Services

Nurses, technicians and healthcare workers at Windham Memorial Community Hospital (WCMH) last Thursday approved a mediated settlement for new three-year contracts with their employer following nine months of negotiations. Members of two AFT Connecticut-affiliated local unions ratified collective bargaining agreements covering economic and working conditions for approximately 350 caregivers at the 130-bed facility owned by Hartford HealthCare (HHC).
 

Advocates, Leaders Call for Greater Scrutiny of Windham Hospital Service Changes

Hartford - Community leaders and Windham Hospital staff yesterday delivered approximately 3,000 names of residents opposing planned changes for the facility to the state's Office of Health Care Access (OCHA). The legislators, caregivers, and advocates on behalf of a coalition formed to save vital services threatened by Hartford HealthCare (HHC) hand-delivered individual cards to a Department of Public Health (DPH) representative. Each included a name on a petition launched in July by the unions representing Windham Hospital's caregiver workforce urging HHC leadership to drop planned service cuts for the facility.
 

Comments on Hospital Executives and Lobbyists' Call for Special Legislative Session

John Brady, RN, executive vice-president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks in response to comments by health network officials at today’s Republican legislative leaders' Capitol news briefing:
 

Caregivers to Offer "Better Choices than Proposed Shutdowns" at Windham Hospital

Willimantic - Nurses, technicians and healthcare workers at Windham Hospital are responding to management's agreement to enter formal talks over planned patient care and hospital staff reductions at the acute care facility. Wednesday's announcement followed three weeks of community engagement efforts led by caregivers and the region's legislative delegation designed to save services slated for closure by the hospital's non-profit owners.
 
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