After months of calling the nurses of Backus Hospital “heroes,” management has resisted bargaining a fair contract, and instead chosen to violate our rights under the National Labor Relations Act. We’ve filed Unfair Labor Practice charges calling out Backus managers and Hartford HealthCare (HHC) executives on their intimidation and threatening of nurses for union activity. We’re taking a stand for what we need in these negotiations to be able to work safely during the next wave of this pandemic.
We have given legal notice that a strike will occur on October 13th if a settlement is not reached.
Members out on strike often experience an immediate financial strain. As a result, we are accepting donations to the Backus Federation of Nurses Hardship Fund to support members in need. A committee has been formed to review applications and authorize distribution of funds not to exceed $250 per member, per distribution.
While we are grateful for community support and that of our brothers and sisters in labor, we will not accept any financial support from employers, employer-side labor relations experts, advisers, or consultants, nor will we accept any contributions from anyone who is an agent of an employer or who is acting in the interest of an employer. Contributions from such individuals should not be made through this platform and will not be accepted if they are. For any questions concerning the source of contributions, please contact the sponsor of this page.
Donations to the Hardship Fund are not tax deductible.
Any excess funds received will be used to support future hardships of AFT Connecticut members in good standing.