L&M Workers United

Home Health Aides Vote to Improve Patient Care Services for Seniors, People with Disabilities

Waterford - Home health aides who serve patients of the Visiting Nurses Association of Southeastern Connecticut (VNASC) today overwhelmingly voted "Union Yes" in a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)-supervised election. The caregivers cast their ballots eight weeks after seeking voluntary recognition of their free choice to form a union from their employer, a subsidiary of Lawrence and Memorial Corporation (LMC).
 

U.S. Senators Urge Employer to Allow Home Health Aides to "Vote their Choice"

Waterford - Home health aides are welcoming efforts by their U.S. senators to uphold a scheduled union election threatened with delay by their employer, the Visiting Nurses Association of Southeastern Connecticut (VNASC). Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy on Tuesday sent a letter to VNASC's president and chief executive officer requesting she join the workers in allowing the vote to proceed tomorrow. At issue are routine notice requirements the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has permitted be waived in light of the recent federal government shutdown forced by U.S. House Republicans.
 

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. 
 

Home Health Aides Unite to Preserve "Heart" and "Compassion" in Patient Care for Southeastern CT

Rocky Hill - Home health aides who serve patients of the Visiting Nurses Association of Southeastern Connecticut (VNASC) have informed their employer of their choice to unite for a voice on the job. The caregivers on September 13 requested voluntary recognition from the VNASC, a subsidiary of L&M Corporation (LMC), after a majority of the workforce signed a petition to form a union.
 

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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