Health and Safety

1199 SEIU-Represented Nursing Home Workers…

December 20, 2016 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell   

Western, NY - After voting to join 1199 SEIU (Service Employees International Union) United Healthcare Workers East back in July, 61 Support Staff Workers - including Housekeepers, Laundry Aides, Dietary Staff, Maintenance Techs, Activity Aides and Unit Clerks at the Humboldt House in Buffalo now have their first Union Contract.

NLRB Says Mayo Clinic Workers Have Valid Complaint

December 19, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The National Labor Relations Board said Dec. 9 that it will hold a hearing on SEIU Healthcare Minnesota’s complaint that the Mayo Clinic “failed to bargain in good faith” with maintenance workers at its facility in Albert Lea, Minn.

November Labor Bulletin

December 14, 2016 
By Michael Jordan

A New Chapter in U.S. Healthcare: Provider-Sponsored Plans  
Spurred by the launch of health insurance marketplaces and the transition to value-based care, many health systems are developing their own health plans. In this issue of the MagnaCare Labor Bulletin, we’ll take a look at the trends behind the rise of provider-sponsored plans (PSPs) and what this could mean for unions and other plan sponsors.

A Labor Perspective On How CWA-Represented Hospital Workers In Buffalo Got Their Wages & Staffing Back

December 13, 2016 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell   

Buffalo, NY - This question is asked many times: after giving something up in a previous contract, is it possible to win it back? Well, the answer is a resounding Yes - and while it took a massive effort, Communications Workers of America-represented Hospital Workers in Buffalo, New York proved it could be done.

Aetna Earns Perfect Score on Equality Index

December 12, 2016
LaborPress Staff Writer

New York, NY - For its efforts to maintain an inclusive environment for its LGBTQ employees, Aetna has once again received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) – the 15th consecutive year that’s happened.

Aetna Celebrates High Marks for 2017 Rx Plans

December 9, 2016
LaborPress Staff Writer

Hartfrod, CT - Aetna, one of the nation’s leading health care benefits companies, is reporting that it has once again achieved high Medicare Star Quality Ratings for its Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) plans for 2017. Aetna has the highest percentage of Medicare members enrolled in plans rated 4.0 overall stars among publicly traded companies*.

Here is the personal story of one union member and his experience using Best Doctors

December 7, 2016
By Ariana Colozzo

For years, Barry lived a healthy lifestyle. He exercised several times a week, watched what he ate and didn’t smoke. So, when he discovered blood in his urine, he didn’t think much of it and only mentioned it when he saw his doctor for a separate medical issue.

Bronx Nurses Hold Bake Sale to Protest Understaffing

December 6, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

Bronx, NY - Women in scarlet nurses’ union jackets staffed a table stacked with cupcakes, doughnuts, and golden-brown guayaba pastries outside Montefiore Hospital Dec. 5. They were selling the baked goods for $1 each, symbolically raising money for the hospital to hire more nurses.

1199 SEIU Nursing Home Workers At The Humboldt House Ratify In Buffalo First Union Contract

December 5, 2016 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell    

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Buffalo, NY - After winning their vote to join 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East in July, 61 Support Staff Workers - including Housekeepers, Laundry Aides, Dietary Staff, Maintenance Techs, Activity Aides and Unit Clerks at the Humboldt House in Buffalo now have their first Union Contract.

Locked-Out Honeywell Workers Reject Contract

November 17, 2016  

By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

South Bend,  IN - Locked-out workers at two Honeywell Aerospace plants voted to reject a new contract offer Nov. 12.

Momentive Strikers Question New Contract Proposal

November 10, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Waterford, NY - Striking workers at the Momentive Performance Materials chemical plant here north of Albany reacted angrily Nov. 4 to a new contract proposal that would cut off retirees’ health care in January. “Garbage,” said chemical operator Tom Butler.

UAW to Honeywell: Address Health Care

November 6, 2016 
By Jerry Cohen, LaborPress USA

South Bend, IN- UAW members who are locked out at Honeywell Aerospace facilities in South Bend, Indiana, and Green Island, New York, say it is time for the corporation to get serious about its substandard health care offer.

SEIU: Congress Must Get Serious About Healthcare Costs

October 31, 2016  
By SEIU President Mary Kay Henry

Washington, DC – “The fact that insurance companies are increasing healthcare premiums is not news to working people, but it is a warning bell for the next Congress.

October Labor Bulletin

October 26, 2016
By Michael Jordan

MagnaCare Labor Bulletin: Is Affordable Healthcare Forever Out of Reach?  
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Today’s Topic: Nailing Down the Promise of Affordability

Expensive healthcare, combined with uneven distribution of cost and wealth, have made achieving affordable healthcare an increasingly elusive goal. The Affordable Care Act is the first step, but plan sponsors have options to grow reserves and maintain a healthy level of benefits going forward. 

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