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Workplace Safety – An Issue that Sparked a Movement

September 6, 2011By Robert GreyAt the dawn of the U.S. labor movement in the late 19th century, workers often paid for their jobs with their lives.   Mother Jones expressed the tumult of her time in her famous promise to “pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” Many workers died because…

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When is it Time to Go to the Emergency Room?

August 22, 2011 By Tom Canty, Vice President & General Manager for Labor, Government & Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShield When you jam your finger in at a Wednesday night basketball game and you’re not sure if it’s broken, what should you do? You could head to the emergency room, but urgent care centers…

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Sun Safety Tips

August 1, 2011Tom Canty, Vice President Sales Empire BlueCross BlueShield One of the things I enjoy most about summer is that it gets us out into the beautiful outdoors. But, while you’re out there working or playing, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer…

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Social Network Your Way to Better Health!

July 26, 2011Tom Canty, Vice President Sales Empire BlueCross BlueShield Believe it or not tweens, teens and thirty-somethings have something in common. Social networking and dieting. Health minded folks of all ages are turning to interactive internet sites to help them lose weight and keep it off. As part of its effort to help people…

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OPEIU Local 212 Ratify Agreement

July 18, 2011By Stephanie WestOn Wednesday, July 13, 2011 the 390 Health Now New York, Inc., dba Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Western New York (BCBS of WNY) unionized workers, who have been locked out for 12 weeks since April 26, 2011, ratified a tentative three-year agreement reached by the parties on Friday, July 8, 2011….

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Paid Sick Leave Cuts Health Care Costs

July 18, 2011 Reprint, AFL-CIO Blog July 12, 2011 If the nation’s workers had access to paid sick days today, 44 million workers don’t it would mean a dramatic  drop in hospital emergency room visits and save about $1 billion a year in health care costs, according to a new study due to be released this…

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Tentative Agreement Reached With HealthNow New York, Inc.,

July 15, 2011
By Stephanie West Buffalo, NY – Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, Local 212 in Buffalo New York and HealthNow New York, Inc., dba Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Western New York (BCBS of WNY) have reached a tentative three-year agreement. The agreement ends a lengthy lockout by the company, which began…

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