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Your Shirt Off Their Backs: The Consequences of Sweatshop Labor

September 16, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—An impressive panel of labor leaders and workers advocates, and the New York State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, convened at 32BJ SEIU last Thursday evening to speak about the consequences of sweatshop labor that major retailers such as H & M, the Gap and Levi Strauss & Co. rely on to stock their stores.

The Doctor Will See You Now... On Your Computer, SmartPhone or Tablet

September 16, 2014
By Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager, Empire BlueCross BlueShield Government, Labor and Special Accounts

These days, smart phones, tablets and computers can do more than connect us with long-lost friends or clarify the details of a grocery list as our spouse wanders the supermarket aisle. Families increasingly are turning to these technologies for safe, fast and affordable ways to get a diagnosis and treatment plan for non-emergency conditions.

Remember the Thousands Still Suffering from 9/11

September 12, 2014
By Richard Alles and James Slevin


This week marks the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Here in New York, the names of those killed in the attacks were read aloud by their family members, friends and coworkers. Across the country, Americans  gathered at memorials to honor the memories of those who died.

We Must Continue Providing Care for 9/11 Heroes

September 11, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY –. Nearly 13 years after September 11th, 9/11 responders and survivors are battling serious health crises resulting from exposure to the toxins at Ground Zero. More than 30,000 9/11 responders and survivors have an illness or injury caused by the attacks or their aftermath, and over two-thirds of those have more than one illness.

Rapidly Deteriorating Housing in NYC

September 11, 2014
By Stephanie West


New York, NY – Despite years of economic prosperity and real estate appreciation, housing maintenance conditions have worsened in New York City potentially putting the health and safety of residents at risk. This according to a new analysis “How New York Lives” released by New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer.

9/11 Workers Have One Week to Register for Benefits

September 8, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—Worker advocates at City Hall on Friday implored the public who might have worked at the World Trade Center site to help with the rescue, recovery and cleanup efforts after the 9/11 attacks to register with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board before the 13th anniversary of 9/11 or else forgo future compensation benefits.

Brooks Memorial Hospital And 1199SEIU Reach Agreement

September 2, 2014
By Stephanie West


Dunkirk, NY - Brooks Memorial Hospital and the workers of 1199SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East have reached a tentative contract settlement.

The negotiations, which began on March 11, 2014, reached tentative settlement on August 26, 2014. Both negotiating teams acknowledged the difficult issues faced in a rapidly changing healthcare industry and expressed confidence that this agreement sets a solid foundation for continued collaboration for building the future of the hospital and the community it serves.

1199SEIU Workers Demand Contract with NY Blood Center

August 20, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—About 30 1199SEIU healthcare workers picketed outside the NYPD’s police academy on East 20th Street and 3rd Avenue on Tuesday because they’ve been working for the New York Blood Center without a labor contract since June.

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