Health and Safety

New 'Worksite Wellness Center' Debuts on Duane Street

July 27, 2016
By Peter Murdock

Cutting the ribbon: Robert Linn, commissioner, City Office of Labor Relations; Harry Nespoli, head of the Municipal Labor Committee and Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association; Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of EmblemHealth; Dr. Russell Petrella, CEO, AdvantageCare Physicians and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

New York, NY - A newly opened urgent care center located just down the block from City Hall and across the street from Foley Square at 52 Duane Street has the potential of making life a whole lot easier for tens of thousands of municipal workers interested in safeguarding their good health. 

The New York State AFL-CIO ‘Stands Up’ For The WNY Children’s Psychiatric Center…

July 26, 2016 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell

West Seneca, NY - The controversial stand that the New York State’s Office of Mental Health (OMH) has taken in regards to a decision to move the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center (WNYCPC) from Suburban West Seneca to the Adult Buffalo Psychiatric Center has caught the attention of the 2.5-million Member New York State AFL-CIO – with Labor Federation President Mario Cilento telling OMH Commissioner Dr. Anne Marie Sullivan: “We urge you to find alternatives other than ‘disinvesting in our commitment to our most vulnerable population - our children.’”

Trump Taj Mahal Withdraws Health-Care Offer to Strikers

July 25, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Atlantic City, NJ - Management at the Trump Taj Mahal withdrew its offer to give the casino’s workers health insurance on July 18, two and a half weeks after they went on strike. 

Unions Ask OSHA for Workplace-Violence Prevention Standards

July 24, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - A coalition of leading labor unions filed a petition July 12 asking the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to create definite standards intended to prevent violence against health-care and social-service workers.

Millions In Profit Fail To Reach NJ Caregivers

July 7, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Alaris workers protest unfair working conditions in NJ.

Union City, NJ - There’s good money to be had providing vital care to the aged and infirm. New Jersey’s Alaris Health took in more than $170 million in profits between 2010 and 2014 — it just hasn’t trickled down to the people who actual feed, bathe, change and transport the vulnerable clientele. For them, caring for the super vulnerable is a great way to end up broke with no health insurance.

WTC Health Program Adds New Conditions with Input from Union

July 7, 2016
By Pitta Giblin & Baione LLP

The World Trade Center Health Program was established by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, after a long fought battle by the labor and political communities. The program provides free medical monitoring, treatment, and medication for many physical conditions including almost all lung, respiratory illnesses, and cancers (including skin and prostate), aerodigestive disorders such as GERD (persistent heartburn), and psychological conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

AFGE Demonstrates - Against Privatization

July 1, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC - With many opinion polls showing bipartisan majorities of veterans strongly satisfied with VA health service, AFGE members are protest the VA privatization plans.

Blue Collar Buzz: Alaris Nursing Home Showdown In Jersey and More!

June 30, 2016 
By Joe Maniscalco 

New York, NY - On this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970, we’re taking a hard look at the horrific workplace issues that have forced workers at Alaris nursing homes in New Jersey back onto the picket lines; the potential for violence facing some very special New York City employees; the latest setback for elevator safety in the Empire State; and the dental benefit experts that have been helping to safeguard the mouths of union members in the metropolitan area for 40 years.


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