Health and Safety

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.

Honoring Fallen Police Officers

May 14, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY - On May 9th New York State honored 40 police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to communities across the State. The officers, from five local and state law enforcement agencies, were recognized at New York State’s annual Police Officers’ Memorial Remembrance Ceremony.

Nurses Lobby for Safe Staffing Limits

May 14, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY - Hundreds of nurses from across the state converged on the Capitol Tuesday May 9th to press lawmakers to protect patients by immediately enacting legislation placing limits on how many patients one nurse can care for at a time.

New Jersey Genesis Workers Demand and Win Respect, Union Voice

May 11, 2017  

Plainfield, NJ- The RWDSU scored another major nursing home victory for workers, with employees at Genesis Woodlands, in, Plainfield New Jersey, voting to join the union by an overwhelming margin on April 28.

1199SEIU Denounces Trump Healthcare Plan

May 10, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East has come out denouncing the health plan passed by Congressional Republicans.

Win Week In Review

May 7, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

To hear the audio click the following link

Washington, DC - 217 House Republicans Thursday voted to take health insurance away from 24 million people. That's how many people the Congressional Budget Office says will lose health insurance if Obamacare is repealed.  Not a single House Democrat voted for this.

AFL-CIO Warns: Weakening OSHA Will Kill Workers

May 7, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

Washington, DC - If you’re a 58-year-old Latino construction worker in North Dakota or Wyoming, your life is in danger.

AFGE: President’s Executive Order Can Only Succeed if Workers' Rights Are Preserved

May 6, 2017 
By AFGE President J. David Cox Sr.

Washington, DC -  In response to President Trump's Executive Order on Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at the Department of Veterans Affairs, American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. issued the following statement:

Chicago Nursing-Home Workers OK Strike

May 4, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - Some 5,000 workers at Chicago-area nursing homes have authorized a strike that would begin May 4-6, SEIU Healthcare Illinois announced Apr. 27.

General Vision Services Watches Over Unions

May 3, 2017 
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY - With the unpredictable nature of today’s healthcare market, it is encouraging to see companies like General Vision Services (GVS) working hard to provide exceptional vision benefits to union workers.

Massachusetts Workplace Deaths Hit 10-Year High

May 3, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Boston, MA - The number of work-related deaths in Massachusetts has more than doubled in the last five years, according to a report released Apr. 28 by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health.

Safety Before Profits

May 2, 2017
By Jerry Cohen 

Vancouver, Canada - B.C. Coalition for Safety Before Profits and its members have launched an online campaign to tell Kinder Morgan to keep its promise to British Columbians to put safety before profits.

Using A ‘Unique Twist’ On The Game Jenga To Underscore Their Points…

May 2, 2017 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell    

To read more click on the following link

Williamsville, NY - They came to play a cruel game of Jenga outside U.S. Congressman Chris Collins’ Suburban Buffalo District Office – those concerned with saving and preserving Job Safety and Health, Pre-Existing Conditions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA), Collective Bargaining and Job Training, as well as Updated Silica Standards, Great Lakes Restoration, Endocrine Screening, Lead Protection and Federal Enforcements, to name but a few.

Additional information