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Nursing home workers strike at 5 homes

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

About 700 staff members at five nursing homes in Connecticut are planning to walk out on the job, protesting labor concessions imposed by the New Jersey-based company that owns the facilities.

The nurses, nursing assistants, laundry, dietary, housekeeping and other support staff will begin a strike over Unfair Labor Practices starting at 6 a.m. on Tuesday. The homes are owned by HealthBridge/Care One and are located in Danbury, Milford, Newington, Stamford and Westport.

The workers plan to strike indefinitely. A union spokeswoman said HealthBridge broke off negotiations with the workers and illegally imposed a contract that cuts workers' hours and makes health insurance unaffordable.

But a company spokeswoman called the union's contract proposals unrealistic, and that HealthBridge is prepared to remain open and provide excellent care during throughout the strike.

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