Health and Safety

De Blasio Signs Package Of Legislation Increasing Accessibility In City Facilities

March 25, 2017 
By Dr. Leonard H. Golubchick

New York, NY -  On March 21st, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed 14 pieces of legislation. Intros. 1161-A in relation to requiring DOHMH report annually on immunization rates of New Yorkers for Human Papillomavirus; Intro.

Health-Care Unions Picket Pro-Trumpcare Pol on Eve of Vote

March 24, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - It was supposed to be a $500-a-plate dinner, but the protesters got the food. Rep. Lee Zeldin had scheduled the fundraiser for Mar. 23 at the Hunt and Fish Club restaurant on West 44th Street near Times Square. A group of 50 to 75 people picketed outside denouncing the Suffolk County Republican’s support for “Trumpcare,” the American Health Care Act, which would repeal the health-insurance subsidies of Obamacare and drastically slash Medicaid.

Undermining Federal Employees

March 24, 2017 
By AFLCIO President Richard Trumka

Washington DC - All attention in Congress right now is focused on the awful health care plan put forward by extremist Republicans. But Congress also is moving fast to pass three bills that would take away the rights of working people in the federal government to have a collective voice on the job.

AFL-CIO Launches Good Jobs Campaign

March 22, 2017 
BY Stephanie West, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC -  The AFL-CIO  has launched a national good jobs campaign to call out corporations that ship jobs overseas. These companies that send American jobs overseas are not considering the importance of investing in the USA including our schools, transportation, energy and communications systems.

The WNY Council On Occupational Safety & Health Joins Nationwide Campaign To Advance Workplace Safety Agenda Action

March 22, 2017 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell    

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Buffalo, NY - The Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health (WNYCOSH), a Buffalo-headquartered organization that advocates for Worker Safety across the Western New York Region, has joined a nationwide campaign to advance a Workplace Safety Agenda Action.

NYC Combats Opioid Epidemic 

March 20, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - New York City has launched HealingNYC, a new, comprehensive effort to reduce opioid overdose deaths by 35 percent over the next 5 years. In 2016, more than 1,000 people in New York City died in a drug overdose which involved an opioid, the highest year on record.

Brown Signs Calif. Workers Contracts, But Raises Will Wait

March 20, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Sacramento, CA - Gov. Jerry Brown on Mar. 15 signed contracts with five unions that represent about 126,000 state workers—but many will have to wait at least until May to get the raises and bonuses agreed to in the pacts.

Trumpcare Makes Healthcare Worse

March 19, 2017 
By Mark Dudzic, Labor for Single Payer National Coordinator

The Affordable Care Act never really solved the healthcare crisis. It treated healthcare as a commodity allocated through market forces rather than as a public good and failed to address the profiteering at the core of our healthcare system, forcing it to use a series of confusing and convoluted mechanisms to expand heath insurance coverage and regulate health insurance providers.

LP Is Buzzing About the Big Union Win At Sims And Much More!

March 18, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Observant Sims workers receive ashes.

New York, NY - On the next episode of LaborPress’ Blue Collar Buzz airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970 The Answer, we’re looking at where union organizing has gone wrong with author Jane McAlevey; the callousness of the Trump agenda with DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido; the union victory at the Sims Municipal Recycling Plant in Brooklyn; and the new effort to introduce high school kids to successful careers in the trades.  

CBO Analysis of the American Health Care Act

March 17, 2017 
By AFSCME President Lee Saunders

Washington, DC - “As if the pleas of doctors, nurses, retirees, hospitals and lawmakers from both parties weren’t enough, now we have 24 million additional reasons to protect the Affordable Care Act.

GOP Health Bill Will Create 14 Million More Uninsured By 2018

March 15, 2017  
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News 

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Washington, DC - The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says under the current Republican health care bill 14 million more people will be uninsured by 2018. The number of uninsured would rise to 24 million by 2016 according to the CBO.

Trumka Rips Trumpcare After Meeting with President

March 11, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka met President Donald Trump at the White House Mar. 7 and talked about wages, trade policy, and infrastructure—but apparently not about health care.

1199 Takes On Trumpcare

March 10, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - New York’s largest health-care workers union’ began organizing to defend Obamacare against repeal as soon as last November’s election was over.

GOP Priority : Create Millions of Jobs Or Cut Healthcare For Millions Of People?

March 9, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News 

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Washington, DC - If you were sitting in Congress would you act first to pass a $1 trillion infrastructure plan that could create millions of jobs or focus instead on taking healthcare away from millions of people? Republicans are choosing to take away your healthcare instead of creating the infrastructure jobs.

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