AFT Local 5051

Caregivers at L&M Hospital "Won't be Bullied," Remain Committed to Patients and their Families

New London - Bedside patient caregivers are responding to their employer's attempts to intimidate the workforce into accepting proposals that fail to protect community access to healthcare services at Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital. The CEO of Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC), the acute care facility's operator, on Friday threatened to lockout employees in the event of a strike, harming efforts to reach a mutual settlement. The CEO also announced indefinite plans to rely on replacement workers to treat patients, raising questions about management's commitment to the hospital's reputation for delivering high quality care.
 

Comments on L&M Corp.'s Rejection of Offer by Hospital Caregivers to Avert Strike

Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital registered nurse (RN) Lisa D'Abrosca and L&M Hospital Sleep Lab technician Stephanie Johnson made the following statement on today's negotiations session with representatives of Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC):
 

L&M Hospital Caregivers Prepared to Strike to Move Corp. to "Put Patient Care First"

New London - Registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and healthcare technicians at Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital today voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike to protest their employer's violation of federal labor law. In a secret ballot election, the hospital's caregivers ratified a plan to hold accountable Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC), which owns and operates the community hospital, for tactics that impact patient care. In addition to a possible work stoppage at the region’s largest acute care facility, the caregivers will ramp-up public education efforts to expose LMC's unfair labor and community practices. 
 

LMC "More Interested in Strike Preparations than Mutual Negotiations"

New London - Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital nurses, caregivers and healthcare workers yesterday learned their employer has initiated hiring procedures for temporary replacements in the event of a strike at their facility. An online advertisement follows a pattern suggesting that Lawrence and Memorial Corporation (LMC) management has no interest in mutual agreement on contracts that expire next month for 800 of its employees. The news also followed the delivery last Thursday of a letter from Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy critical of the corporation's labor and community practices to LMC's chief executive officer.
 
 

"I Am L+M" Campaign Unites L&M Hospital Workforce with Community for Patient Care

New London - Nurses, technicians and healthcare workers at Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital yesterday launched a public awareness campaign to hold accountable the corporation that manages the community’s acute care facility. Hospital workers were joined by activists from regional and statewide community organizations as well as elected officials to announce the "I Am L+M" citizen education and engagement effort.
 

Workers and their Unions Join Fight for "Fairness, Justice, and Equity" in Connecticut's Hospitals

Mashantucket - Nurses, caregivers, and healthcare workers applaud leaders of the unions in the Connecticut AFL-CIO for acting to combat unfair and irresponsible tactics by health management corporations in the state. Delegates to the biennial convention of the state’s largest labor federation yesterday adopted a resolution that seeks to address critical issues faced by Connecticut hospital workers and the patients they serve. 
 

Nurses and Healthcare Workers Commit to "Economic Civil Rights for All" in CT's Community Hospitals

Rocky Hill - Leaders of the 28,000-strong AFT Connecticut are committing to act to reverse inequities in employment, governing, and procurement revealed by a recent survey of the state's 30 hospitals. The labor federation's Executive Committee is laying out a three-point plan in response to a report released last month by the state conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The "Economic Reciprocity Initiative Healthcare Survey Report" found a significant lack of minority representation in private contracting, among workforces and governing boards, and in top executive appointments in many Connecticut hospitals.
 

Lawrence & Memorial Corporation Chooses Painful Cuts to Services and Jobs to Protect its Profit Margin

New London - Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital workers are responding to the announcement by L&M Corporation (LMC) to cut vital services and lay off caregivers despite reporting sound finances earlier this year. Tuesday the corporation asserted it was forced to slash child car-seat inspections, parenting classes, injury and teen pregnancy prevention programs and hand-out pink slips to 33 local workers. Nurses, technicians and healthcare workers are questioning LMC’s actions just seven months after a corporation official claimed they held over $200 million in unrestricted investments.
 

Lawrence & Memorial Corporation Indicted for Creating Shell Corporations

New London - Nurses, technicians and healthcare workers at Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital today responded to a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaint indicting L&M Corporation for violating federal labor laws. The NLRB has scheduled a trial in October to hear evidence of the corporation's creation of "alter egos," a tactic increasingly used by management in hospitals across the country to boost profits.
 
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