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Health and Safety

NYPD: Carriage Industry Safe and Well-Regulated

October 31, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - Foiled documents from the NYPD on carriage horses for 5 years from 6/1/2014 through 5/31/2014 indicate the horse carriage industry is among the safest forms of transit in New York City.

Caught Between HHC And Affiliates, Doctors Cry Foul!

October 30, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Dr. Robert MIshkin.

Brooklyn, NY - As the Big Apple continues to deal with the fallout from its first confirmed case of Ebola, contract negotiations between the city and its doctors are reaching a fever pitch - and safety net physicians who have been without a contract for as long as five years say they will no longer be batted back and forth between the Health and Hospitals Corporation [HHC] and its affiliates. 

Doctors Council Prez: H.H.C. Has Gone Deaf

October 30, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

Brooklyn, NY—In an interview immediately following a rally outside Woodhull Medical Center, the president of the Doctors Council SEIU said that the council has been trying to engage the Health and Hospitals Corporation for a new contract but that their efforts are falling on deaf ears.

Labor Champions For Children

October 28, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Nancy Kolben

New York, NY - Two of the most influential labor unions in New York are helping to expand early child care and education to more working families, and their efforts are not going unnoticed.  

Manhattan May Be An Island – But Health Care Businesses Are Not

October 27, 2014
Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager, Empire BlueCross BlueShield Government, Labor
and Special Accounts


New York continues to show improvement on a number of health measures – from AIDS to childhood obesity to life expectancy.  The intense commitment of New Yorkers to personal fitness and a focus on healthy behaviors and lifestyle choices has had a positive impact (e.g., New Yorkersspend more money than all but two other cities on gym memberships).  Legislators continue to drill down on controlling prescription drug abuses and stopping the spread of contagious diseases.  

Unions Help Women Fight Sexual Harassment

October 17, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco 

Fellow ironworkers support LaFondra Brown.

New York, NY - Successfully confronting sexual harassment on the job can be daunting enough, but for women working without union representation, the challenge is even more difficult. 

Some Hospitals Are Dropping The Ball On Ebola, NY Nurses Say

October 16, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

"Personal disease protection" gear.

New York, NY - Nurses staffing medical centers throughout the state say that some of the hospitals where they work are not doing enough to properly train them in caring for infectious Ebola patients. 

Home Care Workers Kick Off Fight for $15

October 16, 2014
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC - Home care workers from coast to coast have  kicked off the Home Care Fight for $15 this past week by confronting candidates at the local, state, and federal levels – to demand that they do whatever it takes to help home care workers win $15 per hour and better rights on the job.

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