Healthcare workers strike at Windham Hospital

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WILLIMANTIC, CT (WFSB) – For the second time in four weeks, local healthcare workers in Willimantic went on strike.

Nurses at Hartford HealthCare’s Windham Memorial Community Hospital said they have been negotiating wage increases, improvements to employee healthcare plans, and improved working conditions surrounding forced overtime.

A strike and rally will occur kicked off at 7 a.m. on Monday outside of the hospital.

Another union of almost 300 healthcare workers said it is also considering to strike.

“I am getting from my members – we are headed there – we are headed there, they are tired, they are exhausted, not only from the work but fighting,” said Heather Howlett of United Employees of Windham Hospital.

Donna Handley, president of Windham Hospital, said the hospital worked hard to prevent nurses from walking out on patients.

She added that previously, the hospital has been willing to compromise in negotiations.

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Local healthcare workers in Willimantic said they plan to strike early Monday morning.

Nurses at Windham Memorial Community Hospital have been negotiating improved working conditions at the hospital.

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