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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Threatened Strike Today at Westport Nursing Home Averted

Union workers have called off a strike planned for today at seven Connecticut nursing homes, including one in Westport, with more than 1,000 residents.

The strike was averted late Monday when the owners of the homes agreed to end efforts to set aside union contracts.

They said they would pay $750,000 to employee pension, education and uniform allowance funds, according to officials at the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199.

More than 850 workers had voted last weekend to strike.

The nursing homes include Westport Health Care, formerly known as Mediplex of Westport, at the intersection of Post Road West and Burr Road just across from Kings Highway Elementary School. It has 120 beds.

Others are Newington Health Care Center, Wethersfield Health Care Center, Danbury Health Care Center, West River Health Care Center in Milford, Darien Health Care Center and Long Ridge of Stamford.

The union had said that owners of the facilities had tried to set aside union contracts covering workers in the homes during Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

According to papers filed with the state, the homes are owned by Care Realty LLC and managed by HealthBridge Management of Hackensack. N.J.

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Posted 09/29/04 at 09:42 AM  Permalink



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