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NYC Legionnaires' Disease Update

July 31, 2015
By Tara Jessup

New York, NY — Mayor Bill de Blasio and Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett hve announced that City health officials have identified and are overseeing the cleaning of two sources of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx. The two sources already identified are cooling towers at Lincoln Hospital and Concourse Plaza.

California Nurses Association Wins L.A. Hospital Vote

July 29, 2015
Compiled By Steve Wishnia And Neal Tepel

Nurses show union solidarity.

The California Nurses Association chalked up another organizing victory July 23, when nurses at Kaiser Permanente's Los Angeles Medical Center voted to join it.

Teamsters Gain Pennsylvania Healthcare Workers

July 29, 2015
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA

Allentown, Pennsylvania — A majority of janitorial employees working for Crothall Healthcare at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, have voted to be represented by Teamsters Local 773. There are 233 employees in the group which consists of staff members assigned in the cleaning crews, room preparation and as floor technicians.

NYS Combats Worker Exploitation

July 20, 2015
By Jerry Cohen, LaborPress Albany Bureau

Albany, NY - Building on the Governor’s  initiative to protect workers in the nail salon industry, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the formation of a statewide Task Force to root out worker exploitation in multiple industries in New York State.

Flight Attendants March Worldwide for Contract

July 17, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—Flight attendants working for United Airlines staged a day of action worldwide to pressure the airline company to make good on a pledge it made to settle a new contract after the company merged with Continental Airlines in 2010. 

Firefighters Suing Council Speaker Mark-Viverito

July 15, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—In the latest move by the Uniformed Firefighters Association to secure higher disability pension payments for its members, the union’s president, Steve Cassidy, announced a new lawsuit against City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, charging her with obstruction of debate and open government. 

NYS Medicaid Redesign Efforts Save Taxpayers Billions

July 9, 2015
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY - Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that New York’s Medicaid spending per person dropped to a 13 year low over the past 12 months. This spending decrease has resulted in billions saved for taxpayers.

Massachusetts Home Care Workers $15/Hour

July 8, 2015
Bob Levine

Boston, MA – Tears of joy streaked the faces of cheering home care workers assembled in their Dorchester union hall on Thursday afternoon June 25th as a decades-long struggle for union recognition and a living wage culminated in a historic moment of celebration.

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