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From hartfordclc@workingfamilies.com Wed May 16 15:43:55 2001
From: Judy Warfield <hartfordclc@workingfamilies.com>
To: judy d. Warfield <judywarf@aol.com>
Subject: Update on the 1199 Strike - May 16
Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 10:53:34 -0700

Community/Labor Strike Update - May 16

From the Greater Hartford Labor Council, AFL-CIO, 16 May 2001

Even though nursing home caregivers have offered to end their strike and return to work, the Governor continues to pay nursing home owners a million dollars a day to keep caregivers out on the street - locked out.

Even though the legislature has now agreed to pay for better staffing levels and better working levels in nursing homes, the nursing home owners still won't agree to negotiate contracts with these improvements.

The money that Governor Rowland and the nursing home bosses have wasted in the last two weeks would pay for the improvements that are needed in our nursing homes for the next two years. Call Governor Rowland at 800-406-1527 and tell him to solve the crisis instead of making it worse.


Thursday, May 17: Major Civil Disobedience Action is being organized. If you want to be part of this exciting action and participate in the civil disobedience, please let me know as soon as possible by responding to this email or calling me at 860-727-8785. The plan right now is to have more than 100 people sit down in Capitol Avenue. People participating in the civil disobedience will meet at 9:30am at the Legislative Office Building facing the Capitol. You must let us know in advance if you are interested the civil disobedience. Everyone is encouraged to attend. More details to follow.

Tuesday, May 22: Community/Labor Strike Support Mobilization Committee Meeting, 6:00pm at the 1199 Office, 77 Huyshope Avenue, Hartford Everyone is welcome to attend to plan events for strike support.

Thursday, May 24th 6:00pm at the Governors Mansion: Huge Rally for Nursing Home Workers: Linda Chavez-Thompson, Executive Vice President of the national AFL-CIO will be speaking at the rally. Wear your organizations' t shirts, hats and bring banners. If you can, meet at 5:00pm at the St. Mary's picket line at the corner of Steele and Albany Avenue, West Hartford and join the march to the governor's mansion.

Flyers for the Rally on the 24th are available at the Labor Council Office and will be mailed and faxed out immediately. If you need copies, please respond to this email.

Fundraising: Adopt a Family - Your union should be recieving copies of the adopt a family flyer. Please respond generously. Community groups can get copies of this flyer for their membership too.

Strike Support continues to build: The Carpenters Local 43 has purchased a banner that says that their local supports the 1199 strikers. They are posting it in front of a member's house on Steele Road across from St. Mary's Nursing Home. Way to go Carpenters. If you have information about what your union or community organization is doing to support the strike, please let us know.

For more information on the above, please contact the Greater Hartford Labor Council by responding to this email or call us at 860-727-8785.