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Health and Safety

Hospitals Warn Of Looming Closures

March 23, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

New York, NY - Time is ticking down on 28 financially distressed hospitals around the state in need of an immediate $290 million cash infusion to make payroll and satisfy vendors.

States Dismantling Workers’ Comp

March 17, 2015
By LaborPress

Over the past decade, state after state has been dismantling their workers’ compensation systems. Since 2003, 33 states have either reduced benefits or made it harder for injured workers to qualify for them. Florida has cut benefits to its most severely disabled workers by almost two-thirds since 1994.

Single Payer Advocate Urges Unions To 'Get Ahead Of The Curve'

March 12, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Gerald Friedman.

New York, NY - The author of a new report touting the enormous economic and social benefits of single payer healthcare and the New York Health Act, is urging organized labor in the Empire State to “get ahead of the curve” and to boldly take healthcare off the bargaining table once and for all. 

More Veggies, More Health

March 11, 2015
By Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager,
Empire BlueCross BlueShield Government, Labor and Special Account

So, everyone knows that vegetables are good for you because:

·  They are full of antioxidants. Antioxidants may prevent cell damage and lower the risk of developing certain health problems. Common vegetables high in antioxidants include red leaf lettuce, sweet potatoes, broccoli and asparagus.

“TPP Is Like A Hammer Over Our Heads!” Labor Says

March 10, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—Congress didn’t introduce a bill to fast track the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal before recess this week, but numerous labor leaders and New York’s Congressional delegation gathered at City Hall on Monday morning to say that the TPP should be derailed off the fast track! 

FEGS is Closing

February 26, 2015
By Neal Tepel

Among the nation's largest social service agencies 2,200 employees and over 135,000 clients affected.

Federation Employment and Guidance Services (FEGS) has announced that it is shutting down in a matter of weeks and months. Over 135,000 elderly, developmentally disabled, unemployed and other New Yorkers are annually served by its programs, both residential and center-based, which are being broken-up and transferred to a wide variety of other social service agencies.

FEGS Staffer: 'We're Being Screwed Around!'

February 12, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

With FEGS splintering, workers fear for their future.

New York, NY -The shattered remains of what’s ever left of the financially stricken Federation for Employment & Guidance Services [FEGS], is about to be divvied up between as many as 13 different new agencies - and existing staffers fear they’re going to be the deal’s biggest losers. 

Mental Health Workers Forced to Strike in California

January 16, 2015
By Marc Bussanich

Over 2,600 mental health workers went on strike in California starting Monday because they say their health care employer, Kaiser Permanente, refuses to increase staff so that current staff can treat persons suffering from mental illness such as severe depression efficiently and timely.

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