Health and Safety

Vermont Nurses’ Strike Sought Raise for Nonunion Coworkers
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Vermont Nurses’ Strike Sought Raise for Nonunion Coworkers

BURLINGTON, Vt.—When 1,800 nurses and technical staff at the University of Vermont Medical Center held a two-day strike July 12-13, they weren’t just seeking better wages for themselves: They were also demanding a $15-an-hour minimum for their nonunion co-workers, including office staff, cleaners, kitchen workers, and orderlies. The Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals…

Medicaid Officials Propose End to Deducting Home Health Aides’ Union Dues
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Medicaid Officials Propose End to Deducting Home Health Aides’ Union Dues

WASHINGTON—The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has begun procedures to prohibit an estimated 500,000 home health-care aides from having union dues automatically deducted from their paychecks. The proposed rule would cover “individual providers,” aides who don’t work for private, for-profit agencies, and are technically state employees, paid directly by Medicaid. Tim Hill, acting…

‘No Movement’ From Company in National Grid Lockout
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‘No Movement’ From Company in National Grid Lockout

HAVERHILL, Mass.—The lockout of more than 1,100 National Grid gas workers in Massachusetts is now well into its second month with no sign of an end, union members say. “Every time we’ve met with the company’s negotiating team we’ve asked two questions,” Jeff Hamel of United Steelworkers Local 12012-04 told the Eagle-Tribune. “If they’ll allow…

1199 and NYC Hospitals Settle Contract
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1199 and NYC Hospitals Settle Contract

NEW YORK, N.Y. – 1199 SEIU and the League of Voluntary Hospitals have settled a contract covering over 112,000 healthcare workers in New York City. The agreement protects health and childcare benefits, increases money to a struggling pension, and adds temp workers to the union. The  agreement includes an outstanding healthcare plan free of  co-pays or premiums….

The Power of Positivity
Features, Health and Safety, Municipal Government, New York

The Power of Positivity

Did you know happy brains are more creative, quicker and more mentally alert? The physical and mental benefits of positive thinking have been proven to give you more confidence, improve moods and reduce the likelihood of developing stress-related disorders. This month’s One Call encourages you to focus on the benefits positive thinking has on your…

Leading through Challenges
Features, Health and Safety, Municipal Government, New York

Leading through Challenges

Labor unions are no strangers to adversity. The recent Janus Decision is just one in a long line of challenges unions have heroically faced, such as oppressive and dangerous working conditions and unfair wages. Unions continue their mission of advocating for workers’ rights – as evidenced by the growing number of union members in New…

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