Caregivers strike in Columbia

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Oct. 13—COLUMBIA — Chants of " help the needy, not the greedy" were heard outside the Sunrise Inc. facility in Columbia on Tuesday, as frontline caregivers demanded livable wages, affordable health insurance and pensions.

Sunrise employees also picketed the company's facilities in Hartford, New London and Danielson.

In addition to chants, they waved union flags in support of their cause.

Protests lasted the whole day, concluding at 8 p. m. after a 6 a. m. start.

Sunrise operates 28 group home and day programs serving more than 160 individuals with intellectual disabilities in multiple locations across the state.

Staffing them are 149 District 1199 New England union workers in Brooklyn, Columbia, Danielson, East Hartford, Glastonbury, Hartford, Hebron, Lebanon, Manchester, Mansfield, New London, New Milford, Old Lyme, Pomfret, Vernon, Waterford and Enfield.

One picketer, Shayli Rivera, a direct support professional at Sunrise for more than seven years, said she believes employees deserve higher wages, health insurance and pensions.

" We are striking because we need to


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