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Unions Help Women Fight Sexual Harassment

October 17, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco 

Fellow ironworkers support LaFondra Brown.

New York, NY - Successfully confronting sexual harassment on the job can be daunting enough, but for women working without union representation, the challenge is even more difficult. 

Some Hospitals Are Dropping The Ball On Ebola, NY Nurses Say

October 16, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

"Personal disease protection" gear.

New York, NY - Nurses staffing medical centers throughout the state say that some of the hospitals where they work are not doing enough to properly train them in caring for infectious Ebola patients. 

Home Care Workers Kick Off Fight for $15

October 16, 2014
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC - Home care workers from coast to coast have  kicked off the Home Care Fight for $15 this past week by confronting candidates at the local, state, and federal levels – to demand that they do whatever it takes to help home care workers win $15 per hour and better rights on the job.

Teamsters Center Services Holds their 21st Annual Health and Benefits Expo

October 14, 2014
By Amanda LoMonaco

Teamster Center Services, A Taft-Hartley Trust Fund, was established at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, in 1962. They provide employee assistance and other services to over 28,000 Teamster families in the greater NYC area. They are having their 21st annual Health and Benefits Expo at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, in NYC from 8:30am to 1pm on October 24th. Empire BlueCross Blue Shield is the event’s Diamond Sponsor.

One More Step Forward

October 14, 2014
By 32BJ SEIU President Héctor Figueroa
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Thursday, October 9, may turn out to be a milestone date in our campaign to organize airport workers.  The vast majority of 200 Air Serv cabin cleaners walked off the job at LaGuardia’s Terminal D to protest hazardous working conditions and unfair labor practices.  It is the second strike in the airports campaign and worker’s first strike over health and safety concerns.

NLRB Issues Complaint Against Alaris Health

October 13, 2014
By Neal Tepel

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint against Alaris Health. The NLRB alleges that the company violated federal labor law during contract negotiations with 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. The expected trial date is November 18.

Working Families NJ Leads Efforts for Earned Sick Days

October 13, 2014
By Stephanie West

Trenton, NJ – Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. (WFUNJ) continues to spearhead efforts across New Jersey for a statewide earned sick days law. Joined by its progressive grassroots partners from across the state, WFUNJ offered testimony in support of the earned sick days bill (A-2354), heard by the Assembly Labor Committee on Thursday October 9th.

Airport Workers Strike Amidst Ebola Fears

October 10, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Airport workers striking earlier this fall.

New York, NY - Workers at LaGuardia Airport fearing exposure to Ebola and other infectious disease went on strike this week. The action comes on the heels of a health and safety report confirming the potentially hazardous conditions cabin cleaners, baggage handlers and wheelchair attendants face every day working at the city’s busy travel hubs. 

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