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
Backus Federation of Nurses leaders and activists made the following public remarks regarding yesterday's membership vote to authorize the action in response to health network’s unfair labor practices:
Attacks on public education in America by extremists and culture-war peddling politicians have reached new heights (“lows” may be more apt), but they are not new. The difference today is that the attacks are intended not just to undermine public education but to destroy it.