Health Care

Health care is a basic human right.  America’s labor movement has worked for more than a century for guaranteed high-quality health care for everyone.  The Affordable Care Act is a historic milestone on this journey, but we still have a long way to go.

America must continue moving forward toward a more equitable and cost-effective health care system. Moving forward means working with employers to demand health care payment and delivery reforms to control costs, allowing people of all ages to buy into the equivalent of Medicare through a public plan option and allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices.  Of course, the most cost-effective and equitable way to provide quality health care is through the social insurance model (“Medicare for All”), as other industrialized countries have shown. 

The worst thing we could do is move backward by repealing the Affordable Care Act or its key provisions; privatizing Medicare or turning it into a voucher program; raising the Medicare eligibility age; increasing Medicare co-pays and deductibles or otherwise cutting Medicare benefits; or taxing employment-based health care benefits. 

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Nov 20, 2020 | News Story

Unionized workers at one of New York's largest hospital-laundry and medical-uniform companies launched a two-day strike on Wednesday to demand a fair contract and protest illegal threats of termination that are being investigated by the National Labor Relations Board.

Nov 20, 2020 | News Story

NYC Care is a health care access program that guarantees low-cost and no-cost services to New Yorkers who do not qualify for or cannot afford health insurance. All NYC Care services are provided through NYC Health + Hospitals .

Oct 1, 2020 | News Story

The fight against COVID-19 is one that we can win if we work together. Each and every one of us knows to wear a mask, wash our hands and keep a social distance. These simple steps can keep our communities safe. Now, you can add your phone to the fight against COVID-19.

Sep 9

With three weeks left to accurately count NYC’s hardest-to-reach residents, join us for a discussion on the Labor Counts! Census efforts.

Sep 8

Join us to discuss all of our voting options for the upcoming elections.

The live stream will begin at approximately 6PM.

 

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Sep 8

Join us for a Moment of Silence

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Aug 27

Kicking-off a robust member to member phone bank for the 2020 elections, the New York City Central Labor Council will conduct twice-weekly phone bank opportunities for NYC union members to reach out to other union households both in NYC and in battleground states, with shifts every Tuesda

Aug 20, 2020 | Press Release

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Sep 10

Join the NYC CLC, affiliates, and community partners as we engage in a Week of Action to support NYC workers.