Health and Safety

Blue Collar Buzz: Alaris Nursing Home Showdown In Jersey and More!

June 30, 2016 
By Joe Maniscalco 

New York, NY - On this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970, we’re taking a hard look at the horrific workplace issues that have forced workers at Alaris nursing homes in New Jersey back onto the picket lines; the potential for violence facing some very special New York City employees; the latest setback for elevator safety in the Empire State; and the dental benefit experts that have been helping to safeguard the mouths of union members in the metropolitan area for 40 years.


Striking Nurses Ask Minnesota to Audit Health-Care Chain

June 28, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Minneapolis, Minn - The Minnesota Nurses Association on June 21 asked state Attorney General Lori Swanson to audit the Allina health-care chain’s finances.

One Way to Fix Our Country’s Child Care Crisis: Invest in Family Child Care Providers

June 25, 2016
By Doug Moore

Sacramento, California -  Gloria Carter has run a home-based day care in Sacramento County for more than 20 years.

Miners Threatened with Health Benefit Cuts

June 24, 2016
By Mike Smith

Lexington, Kentucky.  Over 5,000 miners rallied here last Tuesday June 14th to protest health benefit cuts threatened to happen before the end of the year.

4,800 Nurses Strike at Hospital Chain

June 23, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Minneapolis, Minn - The about 4,800 nurses at Allina Health’s five hospitals in the Twin Cities area began a one-week strike early in the morning of June 19.

Police Still Pushing for Better Disability Benefits

June 23, 2016
By Steven Wishnia

New York, N.Y.—One uniformed service was conspicuously absent when the de Blasio administration announced June 6 that it had reached agreements to equalize disability pensions for firefighters, sanitation workers, and correction officers hired since 2009. Police officers were not included.

1199SEIU Pickets Vassar Medical Center

June 21, 2016 

Poughkeepsie, NY - An informational picket in front of Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie last Wednesday highlighted the serious concerns of 1199SEIU members about the lack of staff to adequately meet patient’s needs and its potential impact on quality care.

NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento's Statement on Assembly Passage of the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act

June 17, 2016

Albany, NY - "Tuesday was a historic day. For years, the New York State AFL-CIO has been fighting for safe nurse-to-patient ratios in our hospitals and healthcare facilities.

May Labor Bulletin

June 13, 2016
By Michael Jordan

Hospital Pac-Man: How Practice Acquisitions Game the System

Large hospitals and health systems continue to gobble up physician practices and clinics to build their empires. Between 2006 and 2015, there were 1,500 healthcare provider acquisitions. In the first five months of 2015 alone, this trend hit a record acquisition volume of $241 billion.

NYC Children Services Negligent

June 8, 2016 
By Tara Jessup

New York, NY – The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) did not ensure that adequate care and rehabilitation services were provided to youths in the Close to Home program, according to an audit released by New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer.

Healthplex Makes Union Members Smile

June 5, 2016
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY -- Healthplex is the largest independent dental plan administrator in New York, with 3.4 million covered lives in the tri-state area.

Appeals Court Rules Companies Cannot Impose Illegal Arbitration Agreements On Workers

June 1, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Chicago, IL - In a major victory for American workers, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled Thursday evening that healthcare software company Epic Systems in Verona, Wisconsin could not require mandatory arbitration agreements where employees are forced to waive their rights to collective and class actions.

Disabled Children’s Caretakers Demand Better Health Care

May 20, 2016
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - “If we give good care of our kids, we deserve good care too,” certified nursing assistant Françoise Charles says as she takes a break from picketing outside St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Queens.

OSHA Fines Elevator Company in Worker’s Death

May 10, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Onondaga, NY - The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined the Otis Elevator Company $35,000 for violations that contributed to the death of a repairman last May.

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