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OSHA Urged To Protect Nail Salon Workers

May 14, 2015
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC - It looks like nail salon workers everywhere have a champion in the U.S. Congress. Representative Kathleen Rice [D-4th Congressional District] is urging the Occupational Safety Administration [OSHA] to reform health standards for nail salon workers nationwide.

Nurse to Patient Ratio is Stickler in Contract Talks

May 13, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 


Bronx, NY—The New York State Nurses Association is currently in talks with 14 private hospitals throughout the metropolitan area and the union’s position that more nurses are needed to care for patients while the hospitals insist they’re not is proving to be a stickler in contract talks. 

Southern California Nurses Stage Two-Day Strike

May 7, 2015
By LaborPress

Thousands of nurses went on strike Apr. 30 and May 1 at three Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California, demanding an end to chronic staff shortages.

Repeal the Cadillac Tax Now

May 4, 2015
By Terry O’Sullivan, president, LIUNNA

Washington, D.C. - Repealing the so-called Cadillac tax would fix a major flaw in the Affordable Care Act and prevent millions of Americans from facing cuts in their healthcare coverage. The tax, which was promoted as a way to rein in supposed excessive healthcare benefits for highly-paid executives, is expected to instead hit healthcare plans covering hundreds of thousands of hard working men and women, including LIUNA members, as insurance costs escalate faster than the thresholds.

Broad Coalition Wants NYC to be a “TPP-Free Zone”

April 28, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—Last week the House Ways and Means Committee passed a trade promotion authority measure that gives President Barack Obama the ability to reach multilateral trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership with numerous countries in Europe, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific. But organized labor, environmental groups and elected officials rallied on Monday morning at City Hall to say New York City should remain a “TPP-Free Zone.” 

With A Nursing Home Contract Still Out Of Reach, 1199 Hits The Streets

April 28, 2015
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - Scores of 1199SEIU nursing home workers picketed outside nursing facilities throughout the New York City area on April 22, calling for safe staffing and a new contract. The 18,000 union members who hit the streets have been working without a labor agreement since the last one expired on September 30, 2014. Negotiations with the Greater New York Health Care Facilities Association for a new contract have stalled, leaving many frustrated.

New Bill To Make 9/11 Survivors' Health Care Program Permanent

April 23, 2015

Washington, DC - A bipartisan group of lawmakers, along with September 11 first responders and union leaders, have announced the introduction of legislation to make permanent the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The act makes critical health care available to first responders and workers suffering illnesses from the toxic stew at Ground Zero after the World Trade Center’s twin towers collapsed.

Nurses Call For Safe Staffing - Stat!

April 17, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Nurses rally outside Maimonides Medical Ctr.

Brooklyn, NY - Registered nurses and other essential caregivers at 14 hospitals throughout the city hit the streets yesterday to sound a growing alarm over inadequate staffing levels.

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