Windham Hospital

Healthcare Workers Go on Strike at Windham Hospital

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Healthcare workers are on strike at Windham Hospital in Willimantic Monday as contract negotiations continue.

The strike started at 7 a.m. and organizers said more than 100 people will take part throughout the day.

Their demands include mandatory overtime, fair wages and affordable health insurance, which are all things the employees feel should be a given.

Technical and service employees were expected to participate in the strike, joined by the facility's nurses.

Last month, nurses at Windham Hospital were in the very same position. Many of the people attending Monday's strike said that they hoped what happened in September with the nurses would make a difference.

“We were hoping that maybe that would push the hand of Hartford Healthcare to wake up, and see that we’re not asking for all that much and that they need to make some movement," said President of Windham United Heather Howlett.

In a statement, Hartford Healthcare echoed its message from September saying it has responded to every one of the union's issues since June including eliminating mandatory overtime.

The two groups have yet to come to an agreement on a new contract.

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