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August Labor Bulletin

August 27, 2016 
By Michael Jordan

Is Healthcare Reform Disrupting Union Member Health Benefits?

While we’ve focused on some of the opportunities healthcare reform has offered labor and multi-employer health plans, in this issue of the MagnaCare Labor Bulletin, we want to examine some of the ways that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may be disrupting health benefits for union members.   

Will CWA-Represented Health Care Workers Employed By The Catholic Health System In Buffalo Strike?…

August 26, 2016 
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell 

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Cheektowaga, NY - Talk of a possible Strike intensified Tuesday (August 24th) during a picket held outside St. Joseph’s Hospital in Suburban Buffalo by Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Employees of the Catholic Health System, who ratcheted up their community call for putting patient safety first before profit.

Minnesota Nurses Prepare for Second Strike

August 25, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

St. Paul, MN - Nurses at the Allina Health hospital chain have rejected a contract offer and authorized a second unfair labor practice strike.

NYC Defends Against Zika Virus

August 23, 2016 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - To date, New York City has invested $21 million over three years to enhance mosquito surveillance and control, increase testing and build greater public awareness around the virus.

As The CWA Conducts Four Days Of Contract Negotiations With Catholic Health

August 13, 2016 
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell 

Buffalo, NY - As the Communications Workers of America (CWA) conducts four days of new contract negotiations with the Catholic Health System (CHS) this week, a new report released Tuesday (August 9th) reveals the “heart-wrenching” impact of Short Staffing within the Buffalo health care system’s area hospitals and nursing homes.

The Save Our WNY Children’s Psychiatric Center Criticizes NYS Office Of Mental Health For Distributing…

August 10, 2016 
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell   

West Seneca, New York - The Save Our WNY Children’s Psychiatric Center (WNYCPC) is criticizing the New York State Office Of Mental Health (OMH) and its commissioner, Dr. Anne Sullivan, for distributing what it describes as “patently false information” regarding a state plan to consolidate the West Seneca children’s facility into the adult Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

Signs Reading “Just Practicing” Stand Out During Major Rally…

August 9, 2016 
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell

Buffalo, NY - With its South Buffalo Mercy Hospital Membership recently voting by an overwhelming 96% margin to initiate a Strike - if need be, Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Nurses and Hospital Employees participated in a major rally on Tuesday (August 2nd) to send a strong message to Catholic Health System management: “If we have to Strike, we will Strike!”

VA Workers Protest Privatization Push

August 8, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Sioux Falls, SD - Holding signs that read “VA Workers for a Strong VA,” Veterans Administration Health System workers picketed here July 26 to protest proposals to privatize health care for the nation’s veterans.

OPEIU & BlueCross BlueShield Of WNY Reach Tentative Agreement On Two-Year Contract…

August 7, 2016 
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell

Buffalo, NY - BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York (BCBSWNY), the only Buffalo-based health insurer with a local Union-represented workforce, has reached a tentative two-year agreement on a contract extension with Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 153, Union Representative Robert McLennan and President and CEO David Anderson announced today (Monday, August 1st).

The Ongoing Scandal of Home Health Aides Living in Poverty

August 6, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Americare home health aides say the company doesn't care about its employees.

Brooklyn, NY - The industry-wide scandal of home health aides being unable to earn a decent  living while caring for other people’s frail and elderly loved ones was played out on the streets of Brooklyn this week, as roughly 60 Americare Home Health Agency workers rallied outside the company’s Kings Highway headquarters demanding a fair contract. 

OSHA Calls Massachusetts Ironworker’s Death Preventable

August 4, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Somerville, MA - The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited two Massachusetts contractors for three “serious” violations it says led to the death of ironworker Ronald “Moose” Morse on June 11, 2015.

New Jersey Treatment Center Unionized

August 3, 2016 
By Stephanie West

Lafayette, N.J. - The 125 employees of Sunrise House in Lafayette, New Jersey  have voted  5-to-1 to unionize, and   NLRB has certified the union.

July Labor Bulletin

August 1, 2016
By Michael Jordan

Healthcare Reform After the Presidential Race: What Are the Odds?

No matter who becomes our 45 th president, brokers should be aware of how the results could impact U.S. healthcare benefits. In this issue of the MagnaCare Labor Bulletin, we’ll take a look at the potentially significant changes in store for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the healthcare market.

New 'Worksite Wellness Center' Debuts on Duane Street

July 27, 2016
By Peter Murdock

Cutting the ribbon: Robert Linn, commissioner, City Office of Labor Relations; Harry Nespoli, head of the Municipal Labor Committee and Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association; Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of EmblemHealth; Dr. Russell Petrella, CEO, AdvantageCare Physicians and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

New York, NY - A newly opened urgent care center located just down the block from City Hall and across the street from Foley Square at 52 Duane Street has the potential of making life a whole lot easier for tens of thousands of municipal workers interested in safeguarding their good health. 

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