Visiting Nurses Association of Southeastern Connecticut

Spotlight: Serving Her Community as Nurse and Councilor

Despite providing the majority of direct and supportive patient care in the field, women historically have not held an equivalent share of leadership positions in hospitals or healthcare organizations. A similar imbalance exists in American politics and is evident in elected offices ranging from local school boards to Congress. During the month in which women's history month is celebrated, we're spotlighting a union member bucking these trends and "trailblazing" within the labor movement, in her industry and her community.
 

Visiting Nurses' Caregivers Celebrate New Contracts, "Whole New Respect" for Aides

Waterford - Registered nurses (RNs) and home health aides (HHAs) employed by the Visiting Nurses Association of Southeastern Connecticut (VNASC) last week ratified the first contracts to cover both groups of patient care providers. The votes by the combined workforce of approximately 130 caregivers followed successful negotiations with management of the subsidiary of Lawrence and Memorial Corporation (LMC), the region's largest health service provider.
 

Caregivers at L+M Corp. Outpatient Facility Applaud Fed. Ruling Empowering "Own Vote, Own Voice"

New London - Nurses, medical assistants, and healthcare workers at a Lawrence + Memorial Medical Group (LMMG) outpatient facility are reacting to progress in their effort to unite for a voice on the job. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regional director on Monday issued a decision clearing the way for employees at the Howard Street medical office building to vote to form a union. The decision followed an investigation by the federal employment agency that began when an overwhelming majority of the facility's employees signed cards expressing their desire to join AFT Connecticut. 
 

L+M Unions Ratify Agreement; Parties Jointly Committed to System Success

New London - Registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), health technicians and technologists at Lawrence + Memorial today ratified a tentative agreement reached between the two parties last week. The ratification marks the end of a labor dispute that began in November when the previous contract covering the nearly 800 members of AFT Locals 5049 and 5051 expired. 
 
Click here for video of the joint press conference on the agreement.
 

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.
 

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.
 
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