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CBTU Helps Striking Workers

Kathy Jackson and CBTU support striking Spectrum nursing home workers.

On Wednesday, December 22, 2010, the Connecticut Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) with assistance of National CBTU and UFCW Local 919 delivered some holiday cheer to striking SEIU 1199 members in West Hartford in the form of $50 Stop & Shop Gift Cards.

Close to 400 nurses, nursing assistants and support staff at four nursing homes operated by Spectrum Healthcare went on strike on April 15, 2010. The workers have been without a contract for 6 years and are on strike because Spectrum Care refuses to bargain in good faith over wages and insurance.

CBTU members will continue to stand with our sisters and brothers in District 1199 until their struggle for a dignity and respect is won," said CT CBTU President and Council 4 Service Representative Kathy Jackson. "These courageous workers are standing up for the vital care they provide to our most vulnerable residents. And they are fighting for the American Dream."

If you want to help support the health care workers against Spectrum Healthcare, please write a check to:

The 1199 Strike and Defense Fund
77 Huyshope Ave.
Hartford CT 06106

And be sure to join the workers on the picket line Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday -- at Park Place Health Center, 5 Greenwood Street in Hartford. (Scroll down for the flyer.)

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