Health and Safety

The New York State AFL-CIO ‘Stands Up’ For The WNY Children’s Psychiatric Center…

July 26, 2016 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell

West Seneca, NY - The controversial stand that the New York State’s Office of Mental Health (OMH) has taken in regards to a decision to move the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center (WNYCPC) from Suburban West Seneca to the Adult Buffalo Psychiatric Center has caught the attention of the 2.5-million Member New York State AFL-CIO – with Labor Federation President Mario Cilento telling OMH Commissioner Dr. Anne Marie Sullivan: “We urge you to find alternatives other than ‘disinvesting in our commitment to our most vulnerable population - our children.’”

Trump Taj Mahal Withdraws Health-Care Offer to Strikers

July 25, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Atlantic City, NJ - Management at the Trump Taj Mahal withdrew its offer to give the casino’s workers health insurance on July 18, two and a half weeks after they went on strike. 

Unions Ask OSHA for Workplace-Violence Prevention Standards

July 24, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - A coalition of leading labor unions filed a petition July 12 asking the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to create definite standards intended to prevent violence against health-care and social-service workers.

Millions In Profit Fail To Reach NJ Caregivers

July 7, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Alaris workers protest unfair working conditions in NJ.

Union City, NJ - There’s good money to be had providing vital care to the aged and infirm. New Jersey’s Alaris Health took in more than $170 million in profits between 2010 and 2014 — it just hasn’t trickled down to the people who actual feed, bathe, change and transport the vulnerable clientele. For them, caring for the super vulnerable is a great way to end up broke with no health insurance.

WTC Health Program Adds New Conditions with Input from Union

July 7, 2016
By Pitta Giblin & Baione LLP

The World Trade Center Health Program was established by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, after a long fought battle by the labor and political communities. The program provides free medical monitoring, treatment, and medication for many physical conditions including almost all lung, respiratory illnesses, and cancers (including skin and prostate), aerodigestive disorders such as GERD (persistent heartburn), and psychological conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

AFGE Demonstrates - Against Privatization

July 1, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC - With many opinion polls showing bipartisan majorities of veterans strongly satisfied with VA health service, AFGE members are protest the VA privatization plans.

Blue Collar Buzz: Alaris Nursing Home Showdown In Jersey and More!

June 30, 2016 
By Joe Maniscalco 

New York, NY - On this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970, we’re taking a hard look at the horrific workplace issues that have forced workers at Alaris nursing homes in New Jersey back onto the picket lines; the potential for violence facing some very special New York City employees; the latest setback for elevator safety in the Empire State; and the dental benefit experts that have been helping to safeguard the mouths of union members in the metropolitan area for 40 years.


Striking Nurses Ask Minnesota to Audit Health-Care Chain

June 28, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Minneapolis, Minn - The Minnesota Nurses Association on June 21 asked state Attorney General Lori Swanson to audit the Allina health-care chain’s finances.

One Way to Fix Our Country’s Child Care Crisis: Invest in Family Child Care Providers

June 25, 2016
By Doug Moore

Sacramento, California -  Gloria Carter has run a home-based day care in Sacramento County for more than 20 years.

Miners Threatened with Health Benefit Cuts

June 24, 2016
By Mike Smith

Lexington, Kentucky.  Over 5,000 miners rallied here last Tuesday June 14th to protest health benefit cuts threatened to happen before the end of the year.

4,800 Nurses Strike at Hospital Chain

June 23, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Minneapolis, Minn - The about 4,800 nurses at Allina Health’s five hospitals in the Twin Cities area began a one-week strike early in the morning of June 19.

Police Still Pushing for Better Disability Benefits

June 23, 2016
By Steven Wishnia

New York, N.Y.—One uniformed service was conspicuously absent when the de Blasio administration announced June 6 that it had reached agreements to equalize disability pensions for firefighters, sanitation workers, and correction officers hired since 2009. Police officers were not included.

1199SEIU Pickets Vassar Medical Center

June 21, 2016 

Poughkeepsie, NY - An informational picket in front of Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie last Wednesday highlighted the serious concerns of 1199SEIU members about the lack of staff to adequately meet patient’s needs and its potential impact on quality care.

NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento's Statement on Assembly Passage of the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act

June 17, 2016

Albany, NY - "Tuesday was a historic day. For years, the New York State AFL-CIO has been fighting for safe nurse-to-patient ratios in our hospitals and healthcare facilities.

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