Union Calls on Lamont to Hire More Health Care Workers

SEIU 1199NE delegates attempt to enter state offices in Hartford Credit: Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie

The demonstrators want the state to post job openings for 400 vacant DMHAS positions by August. 

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

Union delegates were stopped at the door of state offices in Hartford Tuesday as they attempted to deliver a letter calling on the commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services to fill vacant positions in her agency.

Members of SEIU 1199NE gathered on the sidewalk outside the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and told reporters that staffing shortages at state-run facilities like Blue Hills Hospital and Connecticut Valley Hospital have resulted in providers turning away clients in need.

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