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Union agrees to postpone planned nursing home strike at Connecticut governor's request


HARTFORD, Connecticut — A union representing nursing home workers is agreeing to a request from Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to postpone a planned strike in 20 communities.

About 3,500 members of SEIU 1199 New England planned to strike April 24 at facilities owned by iCare, Genesis and Paradigm.

Malloy spokesman Mark Bergman said Tuesday the chief of staff contacted the union and nursing home owners, asking them to agree to a cooling off period as the administration and General Assembly craft a final budget agreement.

Matthew Barrett, executive vice president of the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities, said it's "very challenging" to address employee requests for higher wages and benefits given the instability of Medicaid funding in the pending budget.

The union says it's committed to fighting for fair wages.

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