Health and Safety

New NYU Study Looks At How COVID-19 Spread Amongst Transit Workers
Education, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York, topslot, Transportation

New NYU Study Looks At How COVID-19 Spread Amongst Transit Workers

NEW YORK, N.Y.—New York University’s public-health school announced July 23, that it is beginning a series of studies to evaluate how the COVID-19 virus spread among the city’s transit workers and the effectiveness of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s actions to limit their exposure to the virus.  “This will be the first time outside public-health experts…

Healthy Terminal Act Clears Hurdle; Awaits Cuomo’s Signature
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Healthy Terminal Act Clears Hurdle; Awaits Cuomo’s Signature

Queens, NY – Unprotected airport workers have fought for more than a year for access to affordable healthcare — and as of Wednesday, they now have enough support from the New York Legislature to pass a bill that will achieve their goals. All that is left for the Healthy Terminals Act to become a reality…

Safety First
Building Trades, Features, Health and Safety, New York

Safety First

On Thursday, July 16, a man was killed when a scaffolding collapsed at a non-union job at an 11-story apartment building in the Murray Hill section of New York City. Four men were working at the residential co-op building at 136 E. 36th Street. Aside from the one death, three other men were injured but…

No Way to Treat a Hero: L.I. Hospital Workers Rally for Hazard Pay
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No Way to Treat a Hero: L.I. Hospital Workers Rally for Hazard Pay

STONY BROOK, N.Y.—More than 250 workers at Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island rallied in 90-degree heat July 22, demanding that the state university system give them $2,500 in hazardous-duty pay for working extra during the COVID-19 epidemic. “We have workers putting their lives on the line.” Carlos Speight, president of Civil Service Employees…

NYC Unions Challenge Trumpian Racism and the ‘Three-Pronged Crisis’ Gripping American Workers
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NYC Unions Challenge Trumpian Racism and the ‘Three-Pronged Crisis’ Gripping American Workers

New York, NY – Angry trade unionists on the front lines of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic stood up, on Monday morning, against the “three-pronged crisis” gripping workers in Donald Trump’s America, demanding an end to systemic racism and the immediate passage of the Heroes Act in the U.S. Senate.  “Working people are suffering under a…

Local 28 Sheet Metal Workers Answer NYS’ Emergency Call for New Hospitals – Stat!
Building Trades, Features, Health and Safety, On The Job

Local 28 Sheet Metal Workers Answer NYS’ Emergency Call for New Hospitals – Stat!

New York, NY – In early April, it became abundantly clear to Governor Andrew Cuomo that New York State would need to construct several temporary hospitals fast — in order to confront the COVID-19 crisis. Four locations throughout New York City and Long Island where selected for construction. Local 28 Sheet Metal Union members worked…

Labor Joins Black Lives Matter in Coast to Coast Action Against Systemic Racism, Police Brutality and Economic Inequality
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Labor Joins Black Lives Matter in Coast to Coast Action Against Systemic Racism, Police Brutality and Economic Inequality

New York, NY – Workers in more than 150 cities staged walkouts and rallies as part of a nationwide “strike for black lives” July 20. Those actions included an early-morning strike by 1,500 office-building janitors in San Francisco; rallies by McDonald’s and hospital workers in Chicago; marches by fast-food workers in St. Louis and Durham,…

Remarkable 1199SEIU Member Leaves a Legacy of Excellence and a Vital Lesson About COVID-19
Health and Safety, Law and Politics, On The Job

Remarkable 1199SEIU Member Leaves a Legacy of Excellence and a Vital Lesson About COVID-19

Queens, NY – Dr. Yves Roseus, a Haitian-American immigrant, occupational therapist and 1199 SEIU member, died from COVID-19 at the height of the pandemic — but he lived as the embodiment of the American Dream.  The otherwise healthy 66-year-old was the son of an illiterate small farmer in Port-au-Prince who always taught him the importance…

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