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Mixed Response to Supreme Court ObamaCare Decision

June 29, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—Most of organized labor exulted when the Supreme Court ruled last week in the King v. Burwell case that millions of Americans are entitled to keep the tax subsidies that help them afford insurance. But some labor unions expressed dismay that the Affordable Care Act’s benefits come at the expense of their multi-employer plans.  

King v. Burwell Decision an Important Victory

June 29, 2015
By AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Washington, DC - The King v. Burwell decision is an important victory for the millions of people who need financial assistance to make health insurance affordable and for everyone committed to improving America’s health care system.

Food Processing Workers Join UFCW In Arizona

June 26, 2015 
By Jerry Cohen

Chalk up a big win for UFCW Local 99 Workers.

Phoenix, AZ - Employees at the Gourmet Boutique West food processing plant are celebrating a victory and  settlement agreement with the company this week. The tentative settlement includes the reinstatement of two unjustly-terminated workers along with back pay. The agreement has been signed off by the company’s attorney and is awaiting approval by National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Indiana Casino Workers Protest Health-Care Cuts

June 26, 2015
By LaborPress

More than 300 people, some coming from as far as New Orleans and Mississippi, demonstrated June 22 outside the Ameristar Casino Hotel in East Chicago, Indiana, to protest cuts to union workers’ health insurance there.

Recycling is Great for the Planet, But Dangerous!

June 25, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

New York—New York City has made great strides increasing its recycling waste stream and informing New Yorkers with recycling information on the Web and placards posted in residential buildings’ basements throughout the city. Problem is, many New Yorkers may need to go through a recycling boot camp because many times they are either placing non-recyclable items into clearly designated recyclable bins, placing recyclable items into the wrong recyclable bin, or worse, discarding dangerous items that put recycling workers at risk of injury. 

Nail Salon Injustices

June 25, 2015
By Congresswoman Grace Meng

Queens, NY - In May, a New York Times investigation shed light on the deplorable working conditions at nail salons in our area. The coverage hit close to home for many of us, and for me, it felt personal.

NJ AFL-CIO and Working Families Testify for Earned Sick Leave Legislation

June 22, 2015
Reprinted with permission from the NJ AFL-CIO

Trenton, NJ--Two leaders in the campaign for statewide earned sick leave legislation, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its nonprofit partner Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc, testified their strong support for S-785 in the Senate Labor Committee on Monday.


HHC To Administer Jailhouse Health Services Following Scandals

June 15, 2015
By Stephanie West

New York— New York City will return the management of correctional health services to the Health and Hospitals Corporation. The contracting of these services with Corizon, Inc. and Damian Family Care Centers, Inc will not be renewed. HHC will be solely accountable for the quality of care provided to the 70,000 people moving through the correctional system each year and the coordination and continuity of services to people during and after incarceration.

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