Health and Safety

Teamsters Health & Benefits Expo Draws 350

October 16, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

New York,NY - More than 350 people perused exhibits from hearing-health providers, pharmacy-benefit managers, and more at the Teamsters Center Services fund’s annual Health & Benefits Expo Oct. 14, held at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Manhattan.

Mayo Clinic Says It’ll Outsource Union Kitchen Staff

October 9, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Rochester, MN - The Mayo Clinic officially announced Sept. 29 that it will sign a contract to outsource 700 food-service jobs to Morrison Healthcare, over the objections of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota.

Look Again: The Importance of a Second Opinion

October 4, 2016
By Dr. Lewis Levy, Chief Medical Officer, Best Doctors

Recently, a 50-year old woman with multiple sclerosis was referred by her health plan’s case manager  to Best Doctors for a second opinion. She had developed chronic lower extremity pressure ulcers and had been diagnosed with osteomyelitis, a serious bone infection.

Brooklyn’s Healthcare System in Crisis

September 30, 2016   
By Stephanie West

Brooklyn, NY - Hundreds of 1199SEIU members, public officials and community representatives  came together in East Flatbush on September 22 to discuss Brooklyn’s healthcare system  - which is currently in financial crisis.

Fourth Of Four New Catholic Health System Contracts Negotiated By The CWA…

September 30, 2016 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell   

Kenmore, NY - Following a vote held Tuesday (September 20th), Technical Associates employed at Kenmore Mercy Hospital who are represented by Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1133 ratified a new multi-year contract - making it the fourth of four new contracts that have been ratified by CWA Members at Buffalo area Catholic Health System Hospitals in recent weeks

Mayo Clinic, SEIU at Odds on Outsourcing

September 30, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Rochester, MN - The Mayo Clinic is still refusing to retain its almost 700 dietary workers as employees. In talks with the SEIU Healthcare Minnesota Sept. 19-20, the clinic, which has announced plans to outsource its food service to Morrison Healthcare, rejected two proposals by the union that would let the workers stay on as staff.

One Medical’s New Care Model

September 25, 2016 
By John Quinn

New York, NY - A new chain of health-care offices contends that it can get patients appointments within 24 hours, have them seeing a doctor within a minute after they show up, and save union health plans that use it 6% to 9% a year.

Queens Hospital Workers Still Seeking Decent Health Care

September 23, 2016
By Steven Wishnia

New York, N.Y.—Still working under a contract that expired a year ago, staff at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Queens picketed outside the building Sept. 21 to demand a decent raise and better health care. “We had a good amount of people,” says environmental assistant Claudette Brown, one of about 50 workers who joined the picket line on their noon-to-12:30 lunch break. “All my department was there.”

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