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FEGS is Closing

February 26, 2015
By Neal Tepel


Among the nation's largest social service agencies 2,200 employees and over 135,000 clients affected.

Federation Employment and Guidance Services (FEGS) has announced that it is shutting down in a matter of weeks and months. Over 135,000 elderly, developmentally disabled, unemployed and other New Yorkers are annually served by its programs, both residential and center-based, which are being broken-up and transferred to a wide variety of other social service agencies.

FEGS Staffer: 'We're Being Screwed Around!'

February 12, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

With FEGS splintering, workers fear for their future.

New York, NY -The shattered remains of what’s ever left of the financially stricken Federation for Employment & Guidance Services [FEGS], is about to be divvied up between as many as 13 different new agencies - and existing staffers fear they’re going to be the deal’s biggest losers. 

Mental Health Workers Forced to Strike in California

January 16, 2015
By Marc Bussanich

Over 2,600 mental health workers went on strike in California starting Monday because they say their health care employer, Kaiser Permanente, refuses to increase staff so that current staff can treat persons suffering from mental illness such as severe depression efficiently and timely.

NYC Calls On Congress To Back 9/11 First Responders

January 9, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

First responders are still battling the effects of 9/11 and need help.

New York, NY - Last fall, Jake Lemonda, head of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association [UFOA], urged federal lawmakers to show some backbone and finally renew legislation that aids 9/11 first responders - this week, the City Council echoed that sentiment, urging new members of the United States Congress to waste no time reauthorizing the Zadroga Act. 

Phoenix House an Option

January 8, 2015
David Ford, Business Development Manager Phoenix House 


With schools back in session from winter break, now is an opportune time for teens and their families to think about the new year ahead. For teens struggling with substance abuse who may need an outlet, The Phoenix House IMPACT Program (Intervention Moves Parents and Children Together) offers sober recreational activities and individual and group therapy. 

Five Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Mouth After the Holidays

January 8, 2015
By Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager, Empire BlueCross BlueShield Government, Labor and Special Accounts

The holiday season is over, which means we’re beginning to settle back into our old familiar routines, including those related to health care. In addition to your New Year’s resolutions to exercise more and lose those 5 lbs. you just put on... don’t forget that your oral health is as important, or more important, than fitting back into your old blue jeans.

The Fight to Save England's National Health Service!

January 2, 2015
By Christopher Balchin

Ferocious onslaughts against unions are taking place not only in the United States, but also elsewhere. For example, since 1948 people living in Britain have had the inestimable good fortune of having a free, government-run, not-for-profit health care system: the National Health Service (NHS), staffed by unionized doctors, nurses and technicians.

The University of West Indies Honors 1199SEIU President

December 31, 2014
By Stephanie West


New York, NY – George Gresham, President of New York City’s largest labor union, 1199SEIU, is being honored with the 2015 American Foundation for The University of the West Indies Special Award. President Gresham rose through the ranks to become the head of one of the most powerful unions in the country.

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