Health and Safety

Unions Press Senators to Extend $600 Unemployment Payments as Clock Ticks Down
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Unions Press Senators to Extend $600 Unemployment Payments as Clock Ticks Down

WASHINGTON—With at least one out of every nine American workers still jobless, the extra $600 a week in unemployment benefits enacted in March is scheduled to expire before the end of the month. Labor unions are mounting a campaign to overcome Senate Republicans’ resistance to extending them. The House passed a bill in mid-May, the…

The Hazard Isn’t Over: Frontline Workers Urge Public to Support Them in the Fight for More COVID-19 Protections
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The Hazard Isn’t Over: Frontline Workers Urge Public to Support Them in the Fight for More COVID-19 Protections

Queens, NY – Essential workers, labor activists and safety advocates are increasing their demand for better protections for frontline workers in a new COVID-19 relief package already approved by the House, but left in limbo since July 2, when the U.S. Senate was last in session. While essential workers have been working non-stop since the…

TWU Local 100 Calls for ‘Eagle Teams’ to Enforce Mask Rule following Vicious Attack on Bus Operator
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TWU Local 100 Calls for ‘Eagle Teams’ to Enforce Mask Rule following Vicious Attack on Bus Operator

New York, NY – The coronavirus crisis is putting everyone at risk. But that’s especially true for frontline workers like those who work in mass transit, where more than 130 MTA workers have succumbed to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in January. Now, MTA workers face a new threat: angry passengers who are…

Grandfathered Health Plans – Changes Don’t Always Equal Loss of Status
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Grandfathered Health Plans – Changes Don’t Always Equal Loss of Status

The Affordable Care Act, often referred to simply as the ACA, can be a complex and trying exercise for fund trustees and administrators.  This is especially true for those plans that self-insured and are concerned with losing the current grandfathered status of their plan(s). Now the ACA does allow for certain changes in grandfathered plans…

MTA Bus Driver Who Survived COVID-19 Predicts Another Lockdown for NYC; Holds Trump Administration Accountable for Sister’s Death
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MTA Bus Driver Who Survived COVID-19 Predicts Another Lockdown for NYC; Holds Trump Administration Accountable for Sister’s Death

Queens, NY – Come August, the MTA has plans to install protective barriers on buses before resuming front door service and fare collections — bus operators, however, remain dubious as COVID-19 continues to gallop across the rest of the country.  Joseph Branch is on the executive board of ATU Local 1056. For the last 22-years,…

Slow Down! MTA Bus Operator Warns it’s Too Soon to Reemerge Out of COVID-19 Lockdown
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Slow Down! MTA Bus Operator Warns it’s Too Soon to Reemerge Out of COVID-19 Lockdown

Queens, NY – NYC recently entered into Phase 3 of its planned reopening, which is allowing more businesses to reemerge from coronavirus lockdown. The MTA, however, continues to mandate riders board city buses through the back doors to help keep drivers safe. Indeed, many bus operators insist that it’s too soon to relax the rules….

LaborPress Spotlight on IBT Local 202 President Dan Kane, Jr. and Hunts Point Market Workers
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LaborPress Spotlight on IBT Local 202 President Dan Kane, Jr. and Hunts Point Market Workers

New York, NY – Teamsters Local 202 represents 1,500 food-distribution workers at the Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx, as well as 3,000 other members, including social-service workers, ATM mechanics, and telecommunications workers. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has subjected the food-distribution industry to enormous strain. LaborPress recently spoke to IBT Local 202 President, Daniel…

Home Health Aides to Cuomo: Enforce Protective-Gear Mandate Now!
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Home Health Aides to Cuomo: Enforce Protective-Gear Mandate Now!

NEW YORK, N.Y.—For home-health attendants, the COVID-19 epidemic has added danger to an already grueling job. Workers doing 24-hour shifts for 13 hours pay say they now have to contend with the risk of getting exposed to the virus—while receiving little or no protective gear from their employers. “I was sick with COVID-19 for a…

Workers Demand New York State Force Employers to Provide On-the-Job Protections As Reopening Progresses
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Workers Demand New York State Force Employers to Provide On-the-Job Protections As Reopening Progresses

Queens, NY – This week, a cross-section of essential workers throughout the city gathered in Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the hardest hit communities during the coronavirus pandemic, to demand New York State pass new legislation compelling employers to provide them with necessary protective gear as New York City enters Phase 3 of its reopening…

Airline Contractor Flouting NYC Sick Leave Protections to Pay Workers Over $150,000 in Restitution
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Airline Contractor Flouting NYC Sick Leave Protections to Pay Workers Over $150,000 in Restitution

New York, NY – Months of collective action have paid off for local airport workers cheated out sick leave during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. This week, Eulen America, the airline contractor providing American Airlines with customer service representatives, baggage handlers, cargo agents and wheelchair agents, finally decided to settle a lawsuit involving more than 400…

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