Connecticut union calls off strike following contract settlements

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A union representing more than 3,000 nursing home workers in Connecticut cancelled plans to strike last week after it reached tentative deals with two more nursing homes, completing all of its negotiations.

Representatives of New England Health Care Employees Union District 1199 and management at Clifton House of New Haven and the Health Center of Greater Waterbury reached agreements. These were the last of the 34 contracts that expired in March.

Workers ranging from nurses to laundry staff are covered under the contracts. Gov. Jodi Rell and lawmakers in the General Assembly are still trying to secure more federal dollars for nursing homes.