Health and Safety

Telehealth Offers Convenient Alternative to Office Visits

July 4, 2017 
By Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager, Empire BlueCross BlueShield Government, Labor and Special Account

You might not realize it, but your smartphone is part of a healthcare revolution. Telehealth is making communication between doctors and patients faster, more effective and more efficient than ever before. With live video chats and no waiting rooms, telehealth is improving patient outcomes while slashing costs.

Unions Hail Delay of Obamacare-Repeal Bill

July 2, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Labor unions hailed the Senate’s delay of a bill to repeal most of Obamacare June 27 after it became clear that the measure could not win a majority.

NLRB Orders Queens Carting Company to Stop Union-Busting

June 30, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - The National Labor Relations Board has ordered a Maspeth-based waste-carting company to stop trying to oust the Teamsters as the union representing its employees.

OSHA Plans to Weaken Beryllium Restrictions

June 28, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a proposal June 23 to weaken limits it established in January on workers’ exposure to beryllium.

1199 Reaches Strike-Averting Deal at 3 NJ Nursing Homes

June 28, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Perth Amboy, NJ - Three hours before a strike was scheduled to begin at three New Jersey nursing homes, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East reached a tentative contract agreement with operator Broadway Healthcare Management June 23.

One-Third of Adults Have High Blood Pressure: Do You?

June 27, 2017
By Ariana Colozzo

High blood pressure, called hypertension, has become increasingly common—affecting about 85 million Americans. It’s a dangerous condition, even more so because it’s often symptomless.

Workers Deserve Protection in All Workplaces

June 26, 2017 
By Jessica Martinez, COSH Co-Executive Director

Washington, DC - “No matter where they work, U.S. workers deserve protection from exposure to hazardous – and potentially lethal – toxic materials.

Union Ironworker Runs Against Paul Ryan

June 25, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Racine, WI - Union ironworker Randy Bryce announced June 18 that he was running to unseat House Speaker Paul Ryan in his south-of-Milwaukee district.

Lockout at N.J. Rehab Center Ends as Workers OK First Contract

June 22, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

Lafayette, NJ - Workers at the Sunrise House drug-rehab center ratified their first union contract June 16, after management stopped saying “no, no, no” and ended a three-week lockout.

Why Do We Need Medicaid?

June 21, 2017 
By Reprinted
: Shaun O'Brien

Washington, DC - Like many Americans, you may have parents or other loved ones in nursing homes because they require around-the-clock care. Nursing-home care is expensive, typically $80,000 per year for a semiprivate room—far more than the income of a typical senior.

Statement From UFA President Gerard Fitzgerald On The Passing Of Firefighter William Gormley

June 17, 2017

New York, NY - "We mourn the death of one of New York City’s bravest. Earlier this week, we lost one of our brothers due to cancer caused by Ret. FF William Gormley’s service at the World Trade Center site following the 9-11 attacks.

California Hospital Workers Begin Three-Day Strike

June 17, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Watsonville, CA - More than 100 union workers at Watsonville Community Hospital began a three-day strike June 14, their second in the last month.

Inside the Wellness Pitstop That's Safeguarding the Health of Stagehands

June 15, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Welcome to Wellness!

New York, NY - Sore backs, bad knees and horrendous on-the-go eating habits so bad they could make a nutritionist wince and a cardiologist cringe — being a stagehand in this town sure takes a lot out of you. But since 2015, there’s been a spacial place on Broadway where IATSE Local One members, their families and retirees have been turning to for comprehensive care and holistic support. 

Is Diabetes the Third-Leading Cause of Death?

June 8, 2017 
By Ariana Colozzo

A new study done by researchers at Boston University School of Public Health found that over 300,000 Americans die from diabetes, or 12 percent of deaths—almost four times as many Americans die of diabetes than as reported on death certificates.

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