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Surgical and radiological technologists, licensed practical nurses and respiratory therapists at Danbury and New Milford Hospitals this week voted to retain their union representation and resume contract negotiations with their employer.  A group of about 80 employees petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to break the union.


The employees were upset because they still don't have a contract.


The union, formed at Danbury and New Milford Hospitals in 2014, is made up of approximately 260 caregivers.  AFT Connecticut represents the registered nurses at both acute care facilities.


The contract negotiating committee of techs and therapists want Western Connecticut Health Network managers to address critical issues such as chronic understaffing and the need to advocate for patients.  After the vote, the negotiating committee pledged to redouble efforts to secure a fair, first collective bargaining agreement.


AFT Connecticut Executive Director John Brady is a registered nurse at a hospital in the state.

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