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Health and Safety

Dangerous Conditions for Workers at Sofitel Hotel

May 4, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA 

Los Angeles, CA - Due to the number of hotel guests whose stays are related to medical treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center across the street, housekeeping employees at the Sofitel Los Angeles fear they have higher-than-typical risks of occupational exposure to blood-borne pathogens.

Zika Could Ruin Your Life

May 1, 2016
By Sarah Jessup, LaborPress Kids Correspondent 

Queens, NY - Have you ever been bitten by a mosquito? It may not hurt, you may never even know you have been bitten by the mosquito, but that one bite could ruin your whole life.

Seven Common Health Screenings for Older Adults

April 27, 2016
By Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager, Empire BlueCross BlueShield Government, Labor and Special Account

Shortly after infants are born they receive their first health screening. This is the first of a lifetime of screenings, continuing well into adulthood.  What many people don’t realize is that there is a schedule for the types of screenings they should get and when they should get them and that it’s important to stick to that schedule to maintain optimal health, particularly as we age.

Help For Victims of 9/11 Exposure On 'Blue Collar Buzz'

April 21, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Check in on 'Blue Collar Buzz' this week.

New York, NY - Over the course of the next decade, 35,000 people are expected to develop some type of cancer related to toxins spewed from Ground Zero on September 11, 2001. This week, on LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday evening at 9 p.m. on AM970 The Answer, we’re talking with the team of attorneys helping 9/11 victims secure vital support through two U.S. government programs. We’re also talking workplace dangers with labor writer Jane Latour and Workers Independent News Executive Director Frank Emspak. 

1199SEIU Reaches Contract With Hudson Hospital

April 14, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Hudson, NY - Local 1199SEIU and Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson announced Apr. 7 that they’d reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract after seven months of negotiating.

Montana Disabled-Health Workers Unionize

April 3, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Great Falls, Mont - Workers at Anaconda Work and Residential Enterprises, Montana’s leading provider of mental health and disability services for adolescents and adults, have voted to join Service Employees International Union Local 775.

March Labor Bulletin

March 28, 2016
By Michael Jordan

Ready for 2020? Over 50 Percent of the U.S. Population Will Be Living With Diabetes  
Not enough people are thinking twice about that second helping of potatoes, pasta or bread. If current trends continue, the ranks of American adults with diabetes and pre-diabetes will increase from 93.8 million this year to 135 million in 2020, consuming approximately 10 percent of healthcare spending, and ratcheting up the annual healthcare bill to nearly $500 billion.

1199 Ratifies Contract at Upstate Hospital

March 26, 2016
By Steven Wishnia 

Gloversville, NY - After more than eight months of negotiations, 1199SEIU members at Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home in Gloversville ratified a new four-year contract March 14. The deal covers about 400 workers at the facility, about 50 miles northwest of Albany, including licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants, lab and pharmacy technicians, and diagnostic imaging services staff.

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