The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Governor pays for strike breaking at nursing home strike in Connecticut

May 21, 2001

Some 4,400 nursing home care workers went on strike the beginning of May against 39 nursing homes in Connecticut. They are members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1199. The strikers took care of 5,000 ill and elderly nursing home residents.

The governor of the state, John C. Rowland, has gone all out spending state money to break the strike. He is paying for vans to transport scabs hired by Colorado-based U.S. Nursing Corp., who came from Florida, South Carolina and Alabama to Connecticut. The state is paying them $1,960 a week for 12-hour shifts for seven days. The strikers were receiving $500 to $600 for a 40 hour week.

Without the governor's strike breaking the patients would be transferred to hospitals and other nursing homes. Instead the state's money is used to hire the strike breakers in an attempt to break the strike.