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Malloy Pickets With Striking Nursing Home Workers

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy walked a picket line today in Newington with striking nursing-home workers, accusing HealthBridge Management of New Jersey of violating labor laws in its battle with employees at its five facilities in Connecticut. [A union picket line is also in place at co-owned Westport Health Care, 1 Burr Road.]

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman walk a picket line today in Newington.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

“Let’s be honest. What HealthBridge is attempting to do illegally is to break the union. That’s what they want to do,” Malloy said. “They want to be the new model in the state of Connecticut, and we don’t want them to be.”

Emboldened by a National Labor Relations Board complaint accusing the company of bargaining in bad faith last week, Malloy was unusually harsh in his denunciation of HealthBridge as he marched with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

“This was made easy. I am the governor, and I can’t go to every picket line across the state every time,” Malloy said, adding there is a collective bargaining process. “What is quite clear is that process is not being respected by HealthBridge.”

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