Health and Safety

Lockout at N.J. Rehab Center Ends as Workers OK First Contract

June 22, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

Lafayette, NJ - Workers at the Sunrise House drug-rehab center ratified their first union contract June 16, after management stopped saying “no, no, no” and ended a three-week lockout.

Why Do We Need Medicaid?

June 21, 2017 
By Reprinted
: Shaun O'Brien

Washington, DC - Like many Americans, you may have parents or other loved ones in nursing homes because they require around-the-clock care. Nursing-home care is expensive, typically $80,000 per year for a semiprivate room—far more than the income of a typical senior.

Statement From UFA President Gerard Fitzgerald On The Passing Of Firefighter William Gormley

June 17, 2017

New York, NY - "We mourn the death of one of New York City’s bravest. Earlier this week, we lost one of our brothers due to cancer caused by Ret. FF William Gormley’s service at the World Trade Center site following the 9-11 attacks.

California Hospital Workers Begin Three-Day Strike

June 17, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Watsonville, CA - More than 100 union workers at Watsonville Community Hospital began a three-day strike June 14, their second in the last month.

Inside the Wellness Pitstop That's Safeguarding the Health of Stagehands

June 15, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Welcome to Wellness!

New York, NY - Sore backs, bad knees and horrendous on-the-go eating habits so bad they could make a nutritionist wince and a cardiologist cringe — being a stagehand in this town sure takes a lot out of you. But since 2015, there’s been a spacial place on Broadway where IATSE Local One members, their families and retirees have been turning to for comprehensive care and holistic support. 

Is Diabetes the Third-Leading Cause of Death?

June 8, 2017 
By Ariana Colozzo

A new study done by researchers at Boston University School of Public Health found that over 300,000 Americans die from diabetes, or 12 percent of deaths—almost four times as many Americans die of diabetes than as reported on death certificates.

Telehealth Offers Convenient Alternative to Office Visits

June 7, 2017
Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager, Empire BlueCross BlueShield Government, Labor and Special Account

Telehealth Offers Convenient Alternative to Office Visits

You might not realize it, but your smartphone is part of a healthcare revolution. Telehealth is making communication between doctors and patients faster, more effective and more efficient than ever before. With live video chats and no waiting rooms, telehealth is improving patient outcomes while slashing costs.

OSHA Becomes Quiet About Enforcement Under Trump

June 7, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Since President Donald Trump took office, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued only four press releases announcing the names of employers it has penalized for job-safety violations—down from 199 issued in the same period last year.

SEIU: Improving Dialysis Patient Care is Critical

June 6, 2017 
By Jerry Levine, LaborPress USA

Sacramento, CA -  California is closer to enacting major reforms in the dialysis industry that would improve patient care for 66,000 people and staffing at 562 dialysis clinics under legislation passed by the California Senate.

Teachers & School Administrators Eligible for 9/11 Victim Compensation for World Trade Center Pulmonary Illnesses and Cancers

June 5, 2017  
By Michael Barasch

As we all know, 2,974 lives were lost on 9/11. In the years since, unfortunately, the number of victims has grown. Thousands more, including New York City teachers, school administrators and even former high school, middle and grade school students, have fallen seriously ill from 9/11-related cancers and other diseases.

CBO Report Confirms Worst Fears

June 1, 2017 
By 1199SEIU President George Gresham

Washington, DC - Earlier this month, the House of Representatives irresponsibly passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) without an impact analysis from the Congressional Budget Office and clearly without consideration of the human cost.

Rehab Center Locks Out 120 Workers

May 28, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

Lafayette, NJ - Workers at the Sunrise House drug-rehab center here were locked out on the evening of May 23, the night before they had scheduled a three-day strike to protest alleged unfair labor practices.

Perth Amboy Nursing-Home Workers Reach Deal, Avert Strike

May 22, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Perth Amboy, NJ - Members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East reached a contract agreement with Alameda Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare May 15, averting a 24-hour strike scheduled for May 17.

Healthcare Workers in Orange County Join 1199SEIU

May 15, 2017  
By Jerry Levine

Hudson Valley, NY - Over 70 Hudson Valley Health System workers join the 1199SEIU family. This includes Medical Assistants, Billing Specialists, Coders and Receptionists at the medical center in Middletown, New York.

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