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Group home worker strike averted

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Group home workers withdrew notices for a strike after agreeing on a $184 million state funding package for the next two years, a union spokesman said Friday.

More than 2,100 caregivers were due to strike at 6 a.m. as they demanded livable wages and benefits, affordable health insurance and a path to retirement, said Pedro Zayas, communications director of the New England Health Care Employees Union. They listed their demands in a “Long-Term Care Workers’ Bill of Rights.”

“We believe this additional funding will resolve the open contracts. We have made substantial progress toward our goals for a $20 minimum wage, with major progress on retirement and other benefits,” said Rob Baril, president of District 1199 New England, SEIU.