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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.

NYC Calls On Congress To Back 9/11 First Responders

January 9, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

First responders are still battling the effects of 9/11 and need help.

New York, NY - Last fall, Jake Lemonda, head of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association [UFOA], urged federal lawmakers to show some backbone and finally renew legislation that aids 9/11 first responders - this week, the City Council echoed that sentiment, urging new members of the United States Congress to waste no time reauthorizing the Zadroga Act. 

Phoenix House an Option

January 8, 2015
David Ford, Business Development Manager Phoenix House 


With schools back in session from winter break, now is an opportune time for teens and their families to think about the new year ahead. For teens struggling with substance abuse who may need an outlet, The Phoenix House IMPACT Program (Intervention Moves Parents and Children Together) offers sober recreational activities and individual and group therapy. 

Five Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Mouth After the Holidays

January 8, 2015
By Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager, Empire BlueCross BlueShield Government, Labor and Special Accounts

The holiday season is over, which means we’re beginning to settle back into our old familiar routines, including those related to health care. In addition to your New Year’s resolutions to exercise more and lose those 5 lbs. you just put on... don’t forget that your oral health is as important, or more important, than fitting back into your old blue jeans.

The Fight to Save England's National Health Service!

January 2, 2015
By Christopher Balchin

Ferocious onslaughts against unions are taking place not only in the United States, but also elsewhere. For example, since 1948 people living in Britain have had the inestimable good fortune of having a free, government-run, not-for-profit health care system: the National Health Service (NHS), staffed by unionized doctors, nurses and technicians.

The University of West Indies Honors 1199SEIU President

December 31, 2014
By Stephanie West


New York, NY – George Gresham, President of New York City’s largest labor union, 1199SEIU, is being honored with the 2015 American Foundation for The University of the West Indies Special Award. President Gresham rose through the ranks to become the head of one of the most powerful unions in the country.

NJ AFL-CIO Pushing for Earned Sick Leave

December 17, 2014
By Neal Tepel


Trenton, NJ -- The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is continuing to spearhead the drive for statewide earned sick leave legislation. On Monday December 15th, bill A-2354 was released by the New Jersey Assembly Budget Committee.

NYS Workers' Compensation Needs Reform

December 1, 2014
By Stephanie West


New York, NY - The New York Workers' Compensation Alliance (WCA) recently released a White Paper that made a series of recommendations to reform the New York State Workers' Compensation system. Workers' Compensation Alliance Chair and white paper author Robert Grey stated, "The purpose of this paper is to call for wholesale changes in the workers' compensation system that will help it return to its core mission of protecting injured workers. 

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