Who We Are

CHCA District 1199, NUHHCE was founded August 25, 1976 by Mary Lou Millar, a registered nurse fed up with management policies that unfairly and negatively affected her and her coworkers. They demanded to be treated with respect and to be part of the decisions management made that affected the work they did. They joined together to demand better wages, better benefits, safer working conditions and a pension for when they retired.

CHCA continues the fight that our founder started more than 40 years ago. We've expanded from representing mainly nurses to representing any group of health care or hospital workers- or workers in other industries- that wants better working conditions for themselves and better outcomes for their patients. Today, CHCA represents roughly 3000 health care workers across Connecticut, from Winchester to Danbury and everywhere in between.

Members of CHCA work as nurses, PCTs, laboratory technologists, home care workers, housekeepers, psychiatric techs, and nuclear medicine technologists, among nearly 200 other job titles. Our members provide quality care while never failing to represent themselves and their coworkers with strength and professionalism. 

CHCA is proudly affiliated with the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees (NUHHCE), the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and the AFL-CIO. Nationally there are over 1.2 million members of AFSCME including 360,000 health care employees, over 10,000 of whom are doctors and dentists, and 76,000 of whom are nurses.

We're CHCA.  Join us.