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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.

AFSCME Responds to Illinois Healthcare Court Ruling

July 4, 2014
By Neal Tepel

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that health care benefits for retired state and university employees are protected by the pension clause of the state constitution and cannot be diminished or impaired. In addition the Illinois Supreme Court noted that a lower court was incorrect in dismissing the four consolidated lawsuits supported by several labor organizations arguing that SB 1313 was unconstitutional.

Supreme Court Decision is an Attack on Home Care Workers

July 3, 2014
By New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech

Trenton, NJ - “The Harris v. Quinn court case is the most recent example of the far right-wing attempting to chip away at the collective strength of workers. This is a trend that will have a profound impact on income inequality and economic stability at an extremely precarious time for working families.”

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July 3, 2014
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