Health and Safety

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

August 9, 2016 
By 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 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. 

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.

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