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A Year After Ebola Scare, Airport Workers Still Unprotected

October 8, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Airport cleaners still fear infectious diseases.

New York, NY - Fears of a widespread Ebola outbreak may have waned since gripping the nation last fall — but low-paid airport employees say that they continue to face potentially dangerous working conditions a full year after that initial scare. 

Bankruptcy Litigation Ends Coal Miners’ Health Insurance

October 8, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

The Patriot Coal Corp.’s bankruptcy proceedings may have one main casualty:  health care for 208 Indiana miners, wives, and widows. They worked at the now-defunct Squaw Creek mine near Evansville, which provided coal to a nearby Alcoa aluminum plant, and were guaranteed lifetime health-insurance coverage once they turned 55.

Senator Stewart-Cousins Saves Jobs at Yonkers Nursing Home

October 2, 2015
By Tara Jessup

Yonkers, NY - Senator Stewart-Cousins’ brought management and employees together at the Michael Malotz Skilled Nursing Pavilion in Yonkers. Not only was the closing of the facility avoided but the staff received raises. A dispute over wages and benefits for healthcare workers who are members of SEIU1199 threatened the pending sale of the facility from St. John’s Hospital to Adira Rehabilitation. 

What Are They Hiding From Us?

October 2, 2015
By Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz

Bronx, NY - On one side of the issue, the City of New York says they have controlled the outburst of Legionnaires Disease – and on the other hand, people are dying. I have to ask: Why are they keeping what is going on in Brooklyn so quiet? On September 13, 2015 in Woodhull Hospital, 46 year old Andres Martinez died of Legionnaires Disease.  Andres was the son of well-known Bronx community leader, Mr. Gumercindo Martinez.

1199SEIU Gains Raises for Cape Cod Healthcare Workers

October 1, 2015
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA

Cape Cod, MA - 1199SEIU has successfully negotiated raises for nearly 2,000 Cape Cod healthcare workers. Staff of  Cape Cod Healthcare including clinical social workers, clinicians, professional and technical employees, clerical employees, service employees and maintenance workers will be gaining a generous package of benefit and pay increases.

Illinois Unions Sue Rauner to Force Health-Care Payments

September 23, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Unions representing Illinois state employees filed a lawsuit Sept. 17 seeking to force Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration to resume paying medical bills for almost 150,000 workers, retirees, and dependents. The governor has cut off payments to the self-insured health-care plans that cover them, claiming that he didn’t have the legal authority to pay them because the state hasn’t yet approved a budget for fiscal 2016.

MedReview Head Honored for ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’

September 22, 2015
By Steven Wishnia

MedReview CEO Joseph B. Stamm was one of 16 people in the field of health care, hospitals, and pharmaceuticals who received Corporate Social Responsibility awards from City & State Reports on Sept. 17. Stamm, who has headed MedReview, the for-profit offshoot of the New York County Health Services Review Organization, since 1985, was honored for Excellence in Providing Transparency and Open Data for New York's Health Care Marketplace in a ceremony at Hunter College.

Farmworkers Claim Win in Long Struggle Against Fruit Grower

September 22, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

The United Farm Workers were celebrating Sept.17 after a California judge citing unfair labor practices voided an election held in 2013 at Gerawan Farming Inc., one of the nation’s largest growers of nectarines, peaches, and grapes. "The misconduct created an environment which would have made it impossible for true employee free choice when it came time to vote," wrote Mark Soble, an administrative law judge for the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board.

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