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Union Solidarity in Newington

Members of AFSCME Local 2930, which Newington Town and Board of Education employees, provided striking nursing home workers with nutritional and emotional sustenance when they delivered six boxes of pizza and walked the picket line outside Newington Health Care Center.

"These caregivers are taking a gutsy stand for the middle class," said Local 2930 President Joe Cirigliano. "They deserve the support of the labor movement and our community as they fight a corporation that's putting profits ahead of patients."

SEIU District 1199 member Lisa Vignone, nursing staffing coordinator and 22-year veteran at Newington Health Care, thanked Local 2930 members for their support:. "We really appreciate this. It's been tough going out on strike, but sticking together makes it easier to stand up for the care that our patients deserve."

More than 600 workers at Newington Health Care Center and four other HealthBridge facilities in Connecticut went out on an unfair labor practice strike July 3 after the company illegally and unilaterally imposed a new contract without the workers’ agreement — deeply cutting their compensation, benefits and working conditions.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ordered HealthBridge “to immediately reinstate the unfair labor practice strikers to their former positions, and to reimburse all unfair labor practice strikers for the lost wages and benefits incurred since July 3."

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