Health and Safety

Brooklyn’s Healthcare System in Crisis

September 30, 2016   
By Stephanie West

Brooklyn, NY - Hundreds of 1199SEIU members, public officials and community representatives  came together in East Flatbush on September 22 to discuss Brooklyn’s healthcare system  - which is currently in financial crisis.

Fourth Of Four New Catholic Health System Contracts Negotiated By The CWA…

September 30, 2016 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell   

Kenmore, NY - Following a vote held Tuesday (September 20th), Technical Associates employed at Kenmore Mercy Hospital who are represented by Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1133 ratified a new multi-year contract - making it the fourth of four new contracts that have been ratified by CWA Members at Buffalo area Catholic Health System Hospitals in recent weeks

Mayo Clinic, SEIU at Odds on Outsourcing

September 30, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Rochester, MN - The Mayo Clinic is still refusing to retain its almost 700 dietary workers as employees. In talks with the SEIU Healthcare Minnesota Sept. 19-20, the clinic, which has announced plans to outsource its food service to Morrison Healthcare, rejected two proposals by the union that would let the workers stay on as staff.

One Medical’s New Care Model

September 25, 2016 
By John Quinn

New York, NY - A new chain of health-care offices contends that it can get patients appointments within 24 hours, have them seeing a doctor within a minute after they show up, and save union health plans that use it 6% to 9% a year.

Queens Hospital Workers Still Seeking Decent Health Care

September 23, 2016
By Steven Wishnia

New York, N.Y.—Still working under a contract that expired a year ago, staff at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Queens picketed outside the building Sept. 21 to demand a decent raise and better health care. “We had a good amount of people,” says environmental assistant Claudette Brown, one of about 50 workers who joined the picket line on their noon-to-12:30 lunch break. “All my department was there.”

Effectively Communicating Plan Design

September 22, 2016 
By David Stoddard, ASA, MAAA

As multiemployer plans focus on delivering health benefits to their members in a cost-effective and efficient way, a key component is clearly and concisely communicating the thought process behind plan design and plan design changes.

First NY Medical-Cannabis Workers Get Union Contract

September 19, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

New York, NY - Workers at the Vireo Health chain of dispensaries ratified the first union contract in New York State’s medical-cannabis program, the company and Local 338 of the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union announced Sept. 8.

Md. Treatment Center for Paramedics

September 18, 2016 
By Tara Jessup, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC - Fire fighters and paramedics suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other occupational stress-related conditions will soon have a highly specialized behavioral health treatment facility.

September Labor Bulletin

September 17, 2016 
By Michael Jordan

MagnaCare Labor Bulletin: Affordable Care Act A Hot Topic for Presidential Candidates

What If They Repealed the Affordable Care Act?
Unions and other plan sponsors continue to grapple with healthcare cost spikes in response to rising drug prices and added costs associated with expanded coverage for more Americans. In this issue of the MagnaCare Labor Bulletin, we ask the question: How would repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affect healthcare insurance coverage and costs?.

Home Attendants Protest 'Medicaid Sweatshops'

September 15, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Joe Maniscalco

Home care attendants are fighting for unpaid wages.

New York, NY - Imagine working a 24-hour shift and getting paid for only 13 hours of it.That’s what the home health attendants who take care of people that Medicaid has approved for 24-hour care do. They stay in the patient’s home around the clock, but under their contract from the 1199SEIU health workers union, they are supposed to have 11 hours off—8 for sleeping and 3 for meals. But it doesn’t work that way in real life, they say. They can’t leave the patient alone all night, because they have to do tasks like helping them to the bathroom.

A.G. Launches Antitrust Investigation Of EpiPen Maker

September 15, 2016 
By Tara Jessup

New York, NY - New York State’s Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced his office has commenced an investigation into Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc, the maker of EpiPens.

Why a Single-Payer Healthcare System Is Inevitable

September 9, 2016
By Robert Reich

Washington, DC - The real choice in the future is either a hugely expensive for-profit oligopoly with the market power to charge high prices even to healthy people and stop insuring sick people. Or else a government-run single payer system.

LaborPress Editorial

EDITOR’S Note: The following is a personal letter from John Fischer, a friend of the Organized Labor Community, on the plight of  those — like himself — who are fighting kidney disease.

Dear Friends:

Some of you may know that I have kidney disease.  Over time my kidney has gotten worse causing my kidneys not to work well enough to keep me alive.  This is what I am facing now and my treatment options are limited to dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant.

NYS Building A Lower Carbon Future

September 6, 2016   
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has announced agreements with several companies relating to lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and helping safeguard the New York Common Retirement Fund’s (Fund) long-term investments.

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