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Chief Of Doctors Union Orders 100 cc's Of Activism - Stat!

July 25, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Dr. Frank Proscia at an earlier rally.

New York, NY - It’s no surprise that the men and women in the white lab coats have their hands full caring for their patients - but the head of the largest and oldest union in the country for doctors, says that physicians are now stepping up their advocacy, and fighting hard to help directly reshape the future of healthcare in the city. 

Halbig Ruling: Pointless Legal Assault on Americans

July 25, 2014
By SEIU President Mary Kay Henry

Washington, DC - After the D.C. Court of Appeals issued its ruling in Halbig v. Burwell, one of several pending court cases challenging tax credits for people who have purchased insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement:

1199SEIU Nurses May Strike Alaris Health

July 24, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

Jersey City, NJ—Avery Eisenreich is a multimillionaire and CEO of Alaris Health who is refusing to bargain in good faith with 450 caregivers, even though the company made over $40 million in profit in 2012, according to their union 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East.

Planned Parenthood In Crisis: Workers Demand Union!

July 24, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Planned Parenthood staffers show union solidarity.

New York, NY - Planned Parenthood is supposed to dispense care and concern, but workers in Central New York say that they are feeling more like unwanted “step-children” - and they want union representation to redress their grievances.

AdvantageCare Benefits from ObamaCare

July 23, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

Staten Island, NY—While right-wing think tanks and pundits continue to whine over ObamaCare, the president of a physicians-led health care organization said that because of the Affordable Care Act more residents in the nearby community are seeking treatment at his facility.

Local 1199 Gets Four-Year Deal, 3% Annual Raises

July 23, 2014
By Steven Wishnia

New York—Local 1199 SEIU and the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York announced July 21 that they had agreed on a four-year contract covering about 70,000 health-care workers in the metropolitan area. The deal gives them a total raise of 13% and largely preserves the system of funding health benefits, a major issue in the talks.

SEIU to Organize Minnesota Home Health Care Workers

July 14, 2014
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC - According to Minnesota Public Radio, home health care workers in Minnesota are joining SEIU Local 1199. Certainly the fly in the ointment is the U.S. Supreme Court ruling recently that health care workers don't have to pay any union dues.

AFGE Correctional Officer Slain in Unsafe Prison

July 7, 2014
By Neal Tepel

Williamsport, Pennsylvania - Jean and Don Williams, parents of slain correctional officer Eric Williams, came to the Lycoming County Court House in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday July 2nd. Eric's parents joined AFGE officials and Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey. They are pushing for passage of a bill that would provide protections to Bureau of Prisons correctional officers.

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