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Union reaches deal with group home agency, cancels strike

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Several hundred unionized group home and day program workers in Bridgeport and eastern Connecticut have reached a new contract with the latest provider. The agreement announced Monday with Whole Life Inc. ends a threatened strike on Tuesday. It's the latest settlement for workers with the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199, SEIU. Health care employees are still threatening to strike at Sunrise Northeast Inc. and Alternative Services-Connecticut Inc. on Oct. 12, affecting 160 and 100 workers respectively, and possibly at other agencies. This latest deal, which relies on additional state funding, is retroactive to July 31 and will expire in March 2023.

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