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Health and Safety

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.

Chicago Nurses File NLRB Complaint, Eye Strike

April 15, 2015
By LaborPress

Nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center have filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board accusing the hospital of bargaining in bad faith and illegally limiting union representatives’ access to workers. “They are following people around with security and they are standing nearby so that you can’t have a private conversation,” said Jan Rodolfo, Midwest director of National Nurses United.

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! 

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