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Labor Goes to Washington to Revive the Dream
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Labor Goes to Washington to Revive the Dream

August 26, 2013 By Marc Bussanich  New York, NY—Fifty years after the Great March on Washington great progress has been made to secure racial justice, but economic difficulties for millions of people still plague the nation. Labor, civil rights and religious organizations will gather in Washington, D.C on Saturday to commemorate the 1963 march by…

Court Order to Manitain Services at L.I.C.H
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Court Order to Manitain Services at L.I.C.H

August 26, 2013 By Stephanie West New York, NY— Plaintiffs in the legal action to keep Long Island College Hospital open secured a major victory with a court order that binds SUNY and the State Department of Health to remove impediments to medical care and will appoint an independent monitor to assure compliance.

Soda Linked to Diabetes and Heart Disease
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Soda Linked to Diabetes and Heart Disease

August 23, 2013 By Marilyn Martinucci Americans guzzle down insanely large quantities of soda and liquid sugar each year. The typical American drinks about 50 gallons of soda or other sweetened beverages per year, according to PublicAdvocacy.org. This is equivalent to about 1.5 cans per person per day. An average can of soda contains the…

de Blasio Files Motion to Halt Closure of Interfaith
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de Blasio Files Motion to Halt Closure of Interfaith

August 23, 2013 By Stephanie West New York, NY — Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has filed a motion in federal bankruptcy court to halt the closure of Interfaith Medical Center in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The motion contends the state Department of Health rushed ahead with approving Interfaith’s closure plan without proper oversight by disregarding the 90-day…

Laborers’ O’Sullivan Comments on Obama Care
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Laborers’ O’Sullivan Comments on Obama Care

August 19, 2013 By Neal Tepel Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA sent this letter to President Obama regarding issues of concern with the Protection and Affordable Care Act. Mr. O’Sullivan  and LIUNA are  concerned that the law would have an adverse impact on the multiemployer plans on which their members, retirees and families rely…

EmblemHealth Programs Eliminate Need for Rate Increase in 2014
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EmblemHealth Programs Eliminate Need for Rate Increase in 2014

August 12, 2013 By Stephanie West New York, NY  — As a result of investments in coordination of patient care and expanded programs to improve quality and wellness, EmblemHealth informed New York State officials on July 31 that it would not seek 2014 premium rate increases for its HMO business, which covers 350,000 members, approximately…

LICH Needed to Serve Red Hook
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LICH Needed to Serve Red Hook

August 8, 2013 By Neal Tepel New York – Public Advocate Bill de Blasio released a new analysis of Red Hook’s access to nearby hospitals, showing that one of the city’s most underserved communities will fare far worse if Long Island College Hospital closes. Currently, no point in Red Hook is less than a mile…

Backlash Against Clinic Closings!
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Backlash Against Clinic Closings!

August 8, 2013 By Joe Maniscalco New York, NY – August is National Immunization Awareness Month, but the bitter revelation that in a few short weeks the Bloomberg administration intends to shut down two of the city’s three immunization clinics, is enough to make labor leaders, community groups and elected officials sick. (Watch Video)

The Looming Crisis In NYC Home Care!
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The Looming Crisis In NYC Home Care!

August 7, 2013 By Joe Maniscalco New York, NY – With someone turning 65 every eight seconds – and about one million more New Yorkers soon to be in need of some level of in-home care – the time to transform the city’s vital, yet deeply troubled, home care system is now, say the authors of…

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