Health and Safety

 Pennsylvania Nurses Still Waiting for Raises Due in October

January 16, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Harrisburg, PA - About 1,300 nurses who work for the Pennsylvania state government were supposed to get a 2.75% raise Oct. 1—but it hasn’t turned up in their paychecks yet.

Win Week In Review:

January 15, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

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Washington, DC - On Sunday January 15th National Nurses United are making what they say is their first stand to resist harmful policies of the new administration in Washington. It's a national day of action to save health care.

Iowa Unions Irate About Governor’s Health Scheme

January 8, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Des Moines, IA - Iowa public-employee unions are irate about Gov. Terry Branstad’s efforts to put state workers under a single health-insurance plan not subject to collective bargaining.

Empire BlueCross Joins National Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Initiative

January 5, 2017 
By Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager, Empire BlueCross BlueShield Government, Labor and Special Account

Empire BlueCross has been selected as a payer participant in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative, a five-year multi-payer model that’s the largest federal investment in primary care transformation to date.

California Hospital Can’t Overturn Pro-Union Vote

December 30, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Napa Valley, CA - The National Labor Relations Board on Dec. 22 rejected a challenge by Queen of the Valley Medical Center here to its employees’ vote to join the National Union of Healthcare Workers.

UFCW Organizes Two Outlawed Medical-Pot Dispensaries

December 30, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Pasadena, CA - Workers at two medical-marijuana dispensaries here have joined the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770, the union announced Dec. 23.

Largest US Nurses Union Calls On Senate To Block Tom Price HHS Appointment

December 28, 2016  
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News 

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Washington, DC - The nation’s largest nurses’ union is calling on the Senate to reject the nomination of Representative Tom Price, Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services.

GetCoveredNYC Enrolling New Yorkers in Health Plans

December 22, 2016  
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - New York City launches the GetCoveredNYC campaign focused on enrolling more New Yorkers in health insurance and providing them with access to primary and preventive care at public Health and Hospitals facilities.

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*.

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