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CWA and Workers Center Join Forces to Stop Wage Theft

September 19, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

Port Chester, NY—Communications Workers of America Local 1033 and the Don Bosco Workers, Inc. worker center announced the start of a new campaign to put an end to rampant wage theft in this solidly working-class, immigrant community.

1199SEIU Nurses on Strike in New Jersey

September 18, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

Union City, NJ—After six months of negotiations with Alaris Health and informational pickets, 1199SEIU certified nursing assistants went out on strike at four facilities in New Jersey on Monday. On Wednesday they held a major rally where they were joined by leading New Jersey pols.

NYCHSCRO Celebrates 40th Anniversary

September 18, 2014
By Steven Wishnia

The New York County Health Services Review Organization, the oldest health-care peer-review organization in New York, celebrated its 40th anniversary Sept. 15 at an event attended by about 175 people.

“We have laid a solid, strong, sustainable foundation and are ready to start building for the next 40 years,” Joseph B. Stamm, CEO of MedReview, NYCHSCRO’s for-profit offshoot, told the gathering. The company evaluates the cost and quality of health services paid for by its clients, who include labor unions, government agencies, and managed-care companies. It now operates in 15 states and has saved its clients more than $1 billion “post-review” since 1974, he said.

Hillary Clinton Joins NY Labor to Renew 9/11 Health Benefits

September 17, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared at the United Federation of Teachers on Tuesday evening to commemorate the thirteenth anniversary of 9/11 and help raise awareness of the Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act’s impending expiration in 2016, unless Congress acts.

Your Shirt Off Their Backs: The Consequences of Sweatshop Labor

September 16, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—An impressive panel of labor leaders and workers advocates, and the New York State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, convened at 32BJ SEIU last Thursday evening to speak about the consequences of sweatshop labor that major retailers such as H & M, the Gap and Levi Strauss & Co. rely on to stock their stores.

The Doctor Will See You Now... On Your Computer, SmartPhone or Tablet

September 16, 2014
By Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager, Empire BlueCross BlueShield Government, Labor and Special Accounts

These days, smart phones, tablets and computers can do more than connect us with long-lost friends or clarify the details of a grocery list as our spouse wanders the supermarket aisle. Families increasingly are turning to these technologies for safe, fast and affordable ways to get a diagnosis and treatment plan for non-emergency conditions.

Remember the Thousands Still Suffering from 9/11

September 12, 2014
By Richard Alles and James Slevin

This week marks the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Here in New York, the names of those killed in the attacks were read aloud by their family members, friends and coworkers. Across the country, Americans  gathered at memorials to honor the memories of those who died.

We Must Continue Providing Care for 9/11 Heroes

September 11, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY –. Nearly 13 years after September 11th, 9/11 responders and survivors are battling serious health crises resulting from exposure to the toxins at Ground Zero. More than 30,000 9/11 responders and survivors have an illness or injury caused by the attacks or their aftermath, and over two-thirds of those have more than one illness.

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