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Preventing Another Texas Explosion
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Preventing Another Texas Explosion

April 21, 2014 By AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Washington, DC –  Arguably the only thing more tragic than the West, Texas explosion that killed fifteen and injured hundreds one year ago today is that so little has been done to prevent another such man-made disaster.

Future of Union Health Care: Summit April 23
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Future of Union Health Care: Summit April 23

April 17, 2014 By Steve Wishnia LaborPress will hold its second union health-care summit April 23 from 8am – 11am, discussing “The Future of Union Health Care: Taft-Hartley, the ACA, and New York Health.” Now that the Affordable Care Act has gone into effect, what does that mean for union health care? Provisions in the…

Boston Fire Leaves 2 UNITEHERE Members Without a Home
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Boston Fire Leaves 2 UNITEHERE Members Without a Home

April 16, 2014 By Brian Lang, UNITEHERE Local 26 President Boston, Mass. – Dear Union Brothers and Sisters we need you help. On April 9th, 2014 East Boston residents and UNITE HERE Local 26 members Candida (Candy) Gomes and Osmin Hernandez lost their homes in a tragic eight-alarm fire.  In the aftermath of this unimaginable…

Fedex Illegally Shipping Untaxed Cigarettes
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Fedex Illegally Shipping Untaxed Cigarettes

April 11, 2014 By Stephanie West Albany, NY – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced that his office has filed a $70 million lawsuit against Federal Express Corporation for unlawfully shipping nearly 80 million contraband cigarettes to consumers across New York State in violation of federal and state laws. The lawsuit joins and expands…

Getting the Best Value From Your Doctor’s Visit
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Getting the Best Value From Your Doctor’s Visit

April 10, 2014 Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager, Empire BlueCross BlueShield Government, Labor and Special Accounts Every day in the United States, hundreds of thousands of people go to the doctor’s office.  More than 80% of adults and 90% of kids see at least one healthcare professional every year – so it’s likely…

LIUNA Pushes for Action on Silica
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LIUNA Pushes for Action on Silica

April 9, 2014 By Stephanie West Washington, D.C. – As the U.S. Department of Labor concluded its final day of public hearings April 7th on a proposed rule to prevent exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica in the workplace, officials from the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America, LIUNA Training and other LIUNA affiliates…

SEIU Members Participate in ACA Outreach
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SEIU Members Participate in ACA Outreach

April 8, 2014 By Stephanie West Washington, DC — SEIU nurses, doctors, child care providers and security officers participated  in an Affordable Care Act education and outreach campaign that reached more than 2.4 million people. SEIU members contacted people by holding enrollment sign-up events, making phone calls, knocking on people's doors and through online activities.

NYS Health Budget Update
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NYS Health Budget Update

April 7, 2014 By Richard N. Gottfried, Assembly Health Committee Chair Albany, NY – On Monday, March 31, the Legislature passed the State budget for 2014-15.  As Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, I want to let you know about a few of the many important achievements this year.  Contrary to press reports, the budget…

Developers Waiting on Affordable Housing Plan
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Developers Waiting on Affordable Housing Plan

April 1, 2014 By Marc Bussanich  New York, NY—William Rudin spoke on Monday morning about how his real estate company navigated the prolonged public approval process to redevelop the former St. Vincent’s Hospital property in Greenwich Village. A New York Times reporter asked Mr. Rudin how could private developers build affordable housing in the city….

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