Health and Safety

August Labor Bulletin

August 27, 2016 
By Michael Jordan

Is Healthcare Reform Disrupting Union Member Health Benefits?

While we’ve focused on some of the opportunities healthcare reform has offered labor and multi-employer health plans, in this issue of the MagnaCare Labor Bulletin, we want to examine some of the ways that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may be disrupting health benefits for union members.   

Will CWA-Represented Health Care Workers Employed By The Catholic Health System In Buffalo Strike?…

August 26, 2016 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell 

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Cheektowaga, NY - Talk of a possible Strike intensified Tuesday (August 24th) during a picket held outside St. Joseph’s Hospital in Suburban Buffalo by Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Employees of the Catholic Health System, who ratcheted up their community call for putting patient safety first before profit.

Minnesota Nurses Prepare for Second Strike

August 25, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

St. Paul, MN - Nurses at the Allina Health hospital chain have rejected a contract offer and authorized a second unfair labor practice strike.

NYC Defends Against Zika Virus

August 23, 2016 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - To date, New York City has invested $21 million over three years to enhance mosquito surveillance and control, increase testing and build greater public awareness around the virus.

As The CWA Conducts Four Days Of Contract Negotiations With Catholic Health

August 13, 2016 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell 

Buffalo, NY - As the Communications Workers of America (CWA) conducts four days of new contract negotiations with the Catholic Health System (CHS) this week, a new report released Tuesday (August 9th) reveals the “heart-wrenching” impact of Short Staffing within the Buffalo health care system’s area hospitals and nursing homes.

The Save Our WNY Children’s Psychiatric Center Criticizes NYS Office Of Mental Health For Distributing…

August 10, 2016 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell   

West Seneca, New York - The Save Our WNY Children’s Psychiatric Center (WNYCPC) is criticizing the New York State Office Of Mental Health (OMH) and its commissioner, Dr. Anne Sullivan, for distributing what it describes as “patently false information” regarding a state plan to consolidate the West Seneca children’s facility into the adult Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

Signs Reading “Just Practicing” Stand Out During Major Rally…

August 9, 2016 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell

Buffalo, NY - With its South Buffalo Mercy Hospital Membership recently voting by an overwhelming 96% margin to initiate a Strike - if need be, Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Nurses and Hospital Employees participated in a major rally on Tuesday (August 2nd) to send a strong message to Catholic Health System management: “If we have to Strike, we will Strike!”

VA Workers Protest Privatization Push

August 8, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Sioux Falls, SD - Holding signs that read “VA Workers for a Strong VA,” Veterans Administration Health System workers picketed here July 26 to protest proposals to privatize health care for the nation’s veterans.

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