Workers at 2 CT hospitals voting on unionization

Two Connecticut hospitals are voting on whether to establish a union.

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DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — About 800 nursing assistants and other workers at two Connecticut hospitals are voting on whether to establish a union.

Workers at Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital are balloting Friday. They say inadequate staffing and better treatment are top concerns.

AFT Connecticut, which is leading the organizing drive, wants to negotiate for higher pay, which is now between $12 and $20 an hour. Workers also want more say in their jobs.

Spokeswoman Andrea Rynn said the Western Connecticut Health Network, of which the two hospitals are a part, “values and respects every employee, both those represented by a labor union” and employees who have chosen to not be represented by a union.

She said the hospitals comply with all laws and regulations that define how the hospitals work with unions.

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