Menu

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

Articles

Retirement Security Increasingly Insecure

December 19, 2014
By Kenneth Quinnell RePrinted from: www.aflcio.org/Blog/


Washington, DC - Every three years, the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College issues the National Retirement Risk Index (NRRI), taking a look at the percentage of America's households that are at risk of seeing a decline in quality of life after retirement. In the recently released report for 2013, 52% of households were at risk, a marginal improvement from the 2010 rate of 53%.

Read more...

Tax Breaks Contribute To Inequality

December 17, 2014
By Neal Tepel


Washington, DC - Taxpayer subsidies awarded to corporations by feederal, state and local governments, are fueling economic inequality. Giant companies owned by billionaires are receiving millions from our government while taking advantage of employees. These low-wage companies receiving high taxpayer subsidies should be encouraged to pay workers a living wage.

Read more...

Middle Class Issues Need to be De-Politicized

December 19, 2014
Oren M. Levin-Waldman

Political scientist Harold Laswell famously defined politics as "who gets what when and how." This definition was intended to capture the connection between politics and power. Who gets what says something about who has power. When one gets what one wants says something about how important that individual or group is, and just how much power that person or group has.

Read more...

New Jersey Legislature to Pass 'Buy America’ Law

December 16, 2014
By Stephanie West


Trenton, New Jersey – A 'Buy America' bill is anticipated to pass the New Jersey Assembly with a companion bill expected covering bi-state agencies. The next step is for Governor Chris Christie to sign this legislation that would allow domestic manufacturers to realistically compete for government contracts.

Read more...

Teamster School Bus Workers Win NLRB Ruling

December 18, 2014
By Stephanie West


Washington DC - School bus drivers and monitors in Santa Rosa County, Fla., who are members of Teamsters Local 991 in Mobile, Alabama, have won another victory in a decision handed down by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The December 4 ruling orders the employer, Durham School Services, to "cease and desist" failing and refusing to recognize and bargain with Teamsters Local 991.

Read more...

Southwest Settles Contract with Machinists

December 12, 2014
By Stephanie West


Dallas, Texas -  Southwest Airlines has announced that its Customer Service Agents and Customer Representatives, represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, have voted in favor of a new four-year contract. The agreement includes pay increases and bonus opportunities.

Read more...

Additional information