Danbury Hospital employees demand fair contract as rallies continue

According to staff who spoke to News 12, wages have not kept up with inflation which has led to high turnover and increased hours.

Tom Krosnowski and Rose Shannon

Apr 27, 2024, 5:01 PM

Updated 30 days ago

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For the second time this week, Danbury Hospital staff are rallying to demand a fair contact offer from management.
On Saturday, staff members from across departments railed outside. They say despite the end of their contract approaching, they have not received what they call a fair offer.
News 12 has been told that contract negotiations have been ongoing for five months.
Those who rallied on Saturday are members of a union that represents more 900 workers at Danbury and New Milford Hospitals.
According to staff who spoke to News 12, wages have not kept up with inflation which has led to high turnover and increased hours. Many are worried that staff burnout will put patients at greater risk.
On Thursday, members of the nurses' union picketed outside for similar reasons as their contract is about to expire.
A spokesperson for Nuvance Health tells News 12 that they have been meeting with the CHCA union for several months and have continued to make progress toward a fair deal for all parties.
Union members say they do not feel the same way.
"They give you a lot of words. 'We appreciate you so much. We care about what you do.' But, the actions speak louder than words,'" says Sherylyn Dos Santos, a patient access liaison.
"We're so short-staffed, and all we do is work, work, work. The cost of living is through the roof - and we're not making it," says Michael Garcia, an operating room assistant.


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