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NLRB Complaint Against Nursing Home Owner

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On July 3, union members went on strike at five Connecticut nursing homes, including the Newington Health Care Center. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

On July 3, union members went on strike at five Connecticut nursing homes, including the Newington Health Care Center. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP and WTIC-AM) _ The National Labor Relations Board has issued a federal complaint against the New Jersey-based nursing home company that owns five Connecticut facilities where workers are striking.

The report, updated most recently Friday, found that HealthBridge/Care One “failed and refused to bargain in good faith with the union” and made changes to wages, hours and other conditions without negotiations with the union.

The NLB’s acting general counsel is seeking an order that requires the company to reimburse the employees lost wages and benefits.

At a hearing scheduled for Sept. 10 in Hartford, an administrative law judge could hear arguments on the matter, and decide if the company violated employment law.

The report originated with the Service Employees International Union, which represents the striking nursing home workers.

A message was left seeking comment with HealthBridge. A spokeswoman previously said the company has not been found guilty of any violations.

About 700 staff walked off the job on Tuesday at homes in Danbury, Milford, Newington, Stamford and Westport.

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