Health and Safety

March Labor Bulletin

March 28, 2016
By Michael Jordan

Ready for 2020? Over 50 Percent of the U.S. Population Will Be Living With Diabetes  
Not enough people are thinking twice about that second helping of potatoes, pasta or bread. If current trends continue, the ranks of American adults with diabetes and pre-diabetes will increase from 93.8 million this year to 135 million in 2020, consuming approximately 10 percent of healthcare spending, and ratcheting up the annual healthcare bill to nearly $500 billion.

1199 Ratifies Contract at Upstate Hospital

March 26, 2016
By Steven Wishnia 

Gloversville, NY - After more than eight months of negotiations, 1199SEIU members at Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home in Gloversville ratified a new four-year contract March 14. The deal covers about 400 workers at the facility, about 50 miles northwest of Albany, including licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants, lab and pharmacy technicians, and diagnostic imaging services staff.

GVS Spotlight: Safeguarding Your Health — And looking Great Doing It!

March 25, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

The GVS Mobile Eye Care Center.

It’s break time at MTA bus depots, train yards, overhaul shops, maintenance facilities and warehouses throughout the city, but the most hotly anticipated vehicle rolling up to the worksite probably isn’t the local food truck — it’s General Vision Service’s Mobile Eye Care Center.

NLRB Slices Chipotle's Social-Media Policy


March 25, 2016
By Steven Wishnia 

Havertown, Penn - The Chipotle fast-food chain must offer to rehire a worker it fired after he criticized the company on Twitter, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled Mar. 16.

NYSNA Demonstrates for a Fair Contract

March 23, 2016
By Jerry Levine, LaborPress Albany

Watertown, NY - Hundreds of members from the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) were engaged in informational picketing on March 18th at three upstate hospitals to push for fair contracts and to call for appropriate staffing levels to protect patients. Watertown's Samaritan Medical Center,Utica's St. Elizabeth Medical Center, and Oneida Healthcare have resisted NYSNA's proposals to improve patient services.

Philly Nurses Union Grows by One-Third

March 6,2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Philadelphia. PA - Organizing wins at three Philadelphia-area hospitals have enable the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals to expand its membership by one-third in the last three months.

Aetna’s Joe Scibilia: ‘People Like Doing Business With People They Know And Trust’

March 4, 2016

When he first came to Aetna 11 years ago, to head up a small pilot program aimed at the Northeast labor market, Joe Scibilia, 49, knew that he wanted to create an innovative new enterprise within the managed healthcare company that could truly connect with Trustees, fund managers, and union members on a very fundamental level, one that spoke their language and understood their concerns.

Filling In The ‘Gaps’ In Your Health Insurance Coverage

March 4, 2016

With higher deductibles and dwindling benefits coming in the wake of the Affordable Care Act, more hardworking men and women are turning to supplementary or worksite benefits to help fill in alarming gaps in their medical health insurance coverage.

Ontario Rules Medical-Marijuana Workers Can’t Join Unions

March 2, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Toronto, Canada - MedReleaf, one of Canada’s largest medical-marijuana producers. Last fall, well over half of the 50 employees at the company’s facility in the Toronto suburb of Markham signed cards to join the United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents medical-cannabis workers in five U.S. states.

Nursing Homes Must Be Safe for Seniors

February 29, 2016
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Publisher 

New York, NY - Health facilities throughout New York State are not addressing violations noted by the Department of Health (DOH). In many cases, poor quality of services and unsafe conditions have resulted in serious problems for seniors. This past December, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released an audit that called for better oversight of providers of adult day care centers. This report noted that the state Department of Health needs to more effectively monitor nursing homes.

1199ers Are Helping to Meet Climate Challenge

February 28, 2016  

New York, NY - Last December at the 21st Annual UN Climate Change Conference (a.k.a. Climate of the Parties or COP21), some 200 nations reached a commitment to limit global temperature increases. The agreement represented the most significant step in the fight to reduce global warming.

On the Frontlines of the Fight For $15

February 26, 2016

Staten Island, NY - Homecare members of 1199SEIU flexed their political muscles last year, as they took part in major actions against the growing inequality that threatens the well being of millions as well as our democracy.

Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act

Febraury 22, 2016
David Frank, MD, FACP, MagnaCare Senior Medical Director

MagnaCare maintains a Preventive Services Policy for use by our self-insured plans. This policy is available to our clients for reference on their client web portal. The policy includes an up-to-date detailed listing of the necessary preventive services that are required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Time To Care For The Caregivers!

February 19, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Home health aides want to be paid as much as fast food workers.

New York, NY - Advocates for poorly-paid home health aides are challenging Albany lawmakers this week to make sure that caring for the state’s most vulnerable citizens pays just as well as fast food jobs. 

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