Health and Safety

Union Plumbers to Fix Flint’s Pipes

April 22, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Flint, MI - A federal-court settlement approved Mar. 28 requires the state of Michigan to replace the pipes that caused Flint’s water supply to be contaminated with lead—and most of the work will be done by union plumbers.

Penn. Governor Says $12 Minimum Would Reduce Medicaid Costs

April 21, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Harrisburg, PA - Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed raising the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour, saying it would save the state almost $50 million in public-assistance costs such as Medicaid.

NY Unions Push for State ‘Medicare for All’ System

April 18, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - As President Donald Trump mulls ways to sabotage Obamacare after the House Republicans’ failure to repeal it last month, New York State may be inching closer to having universal health care.

Dangers of Silica Dust 

April 14, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY –  “The federal safety standard limiting worker exposure to silica dust has been decades in the making,” said Jessica Martinez, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH).

Union Charges Minneapolis Hospital’s Layoffs Were Discriminatory

April 13, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Minneapolis, MN - The union representing workers at Hennepin County Medical Center filed a lawsuit Apr. 5 seeking a temporary injunction to reverse the Minneapolis hospital’s decision to lay off or demote 200 workers.

CWA Local 1122-Represented Visiting Nurses Association Workers In Western New York…

April 12, 2017 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  
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Williamsville, NY -  Delivering on their Members’ request to “hold the line” on the cost of their health care benefits, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1122 announced today (Tuesday, April 11th) that Unionized Caregivers employed by the Visiting Nurses Association of Western New York (VNA) have “overwhelmingly ratified” a new three-year contract.

AFGE Terms Trump Climate Policy ‘More Toxins Spewed’

April 11, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The union representing Environmental Protection Agency workers called President Donald Trump’s environmental policies “a continued assault on the country’s top-line of defense for community health.”

More Than $52,000 Raised By Organized Labor From Across Western New York To Benefit The 55th Annual Variety Kids Telethon

April 8, 2017 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  
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Buffalo, NY -  The 55th Annual Variety Kids Telethon raised more than $1.02 million over the weekend - with Organized Labor from across Western New York accounting for $52,000, the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) announced.

Health Panel Convenes at Labor Appreciation Day Event

April 7, 2017 
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – On Thursday, April 4th, LaborPress and AM970 The Answer partnered on a Labor Appreciation Day special event, presenting panels on vital labor topics ranging from worker safety to education to the politics of labor.

Firefighters 100-Year Anniversary 

April 7, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY -   Firefighters Association (UFA) kicked off its 100-year anniversary by laying a wreath to honor all firefighters and fire officers who have died in the line of duty since the union’s inception.  Over the last 100 years, more than 1,100 firefighters and fire officers have lost their lives while serving the city.!-

Another death from 9-11-related cancers: Retired Firefighter Roy E. Smith 

April 6, 2017 
By UFA President James Slevin

New York, NY - “This week we mourn the death of one of New York City’s bravest firefighters. On Sunday, we lost one of our brothers due to the ravages of cancer caused by his service at the World Trade Center site following the 9-11 attacks.

Understaffed Nursing Home’s Workers OK One-Day Strike

April 6, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

Union City NJ - “¿Huelga, verdad?” 1199SEIU organizer Leilani Montes asked the crowd of about 20 women outside the ManhattanView Nursing Home April 4. “Un dia sin pago.”

Statement From Governor Andrew M, Cuomo Re Budget

April 5, 2017

New York, NY - “These are difficult and unusual times for our State and Country.  An ultraconservative Congress poses an unsettling attack on individuals’ rights and American values.  It is also clear that New York State is a target for hostile federal actions ranging from severe financial cutbacks to deprivation of legal and personal rights.

SEIU’s Henry: Power of  Communities Defeats Healthcare Repeal

April 3, 2017 
By SEIU President Mary Kay Henry

Washington, DC - Extremists have tried time and again to take away our healthcare but working families and our communities have come out in record numbers to show our opposition to repeal. Today, working people and our communities prevailed.

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