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YES WE CAN! – Health Care For Every American

By: Neal Tepel After a year debate and stalling, a deeply divided Congress has passed landmark health care legislation known as H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010. Every American will now be provided with health care coverage including the 32 million uninsured Americans.  This ground-breaking legislation will finally…

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Brazilian Workers Charge Shell with “Environmental Crimes”

(November 12, New York City) — Brazilian chemical workers addressing a New York audience of students, academics, and union members said that the Shell Oil Company, one of the world’s largest, had willfully ignored life-threatening exposures to its workers who handled hazardous chemicals in South America. Antonio de Marco Rasteiro, a former worker for SHELL/BASF…

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Civil Service Snafu Puts ACS Kids at Risk

NEW YORK, NY (LABORPRESS) — The point man for environmental “remediation” at the Administration for Childrens Services (ACS) has been relieved of his job duties, in the middle of ongoing projects involving asbestos, lead, and mold hazards to children in dozens of ACS day care centers. Jonathan Silverstein, an Associate Project Manager, received notice on…

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Single Payer Sanity

AFL-CIO Convention Endorses Single Payer Healthcare By Neal Tepel The AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor federation representing 11.5 million workers in 57 international and national unions, has endorsed a single payer health care system as the best way to guarantee healthcare to everyone. The unanimous vote in favor of Convention Resolution 34, The Social Insurance…

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Dying for Work

Fifteen workers in the United States die every day due to job injuries, according to “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect,” a report issued by the AFL-CIO in April. The report criticizes the Bush administration for allowing meaningful worker-safety measures to stagnate, resulting in extreme under-enforcement of workplace safety standards. In 2007, the…

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