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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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Affiliation of UFCW
August 8, 2013
The New York City Central Labor Council, along with the National AFL-CIO and Organizing 2.0, will offer a day of trainings on digital strategies and online communications. These courses will take place on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 from 9:30am to 5:00pm at 275 Seventh Avenue on the 16th Floor.
Last Friday, fast food workers gathered near a Bushwick Domino’s to protest the firing of delivery driver Gregory Reynoso.
On Friday, July 26, over 100 Home Care workers with 1199 SEIU, gathered with public officials for a speak-out and rally outside of Accent Care’s Bronx office.
1199 SEIU HOME HEALTH AIDES TO RALLY FOR SICK DAYS, AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE
Join Fast Food Forward members and supporters as they rally to support fast food workers walking off the job in protest of low-wages, a lack of benefits, and workplace respect. Se below for a schedule of actions around the city.
This week, 1199 and NYSNA continued to oppose the SUNY-ordered of closure of Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital.
12pm: Join ROC-NY, low-wage workers, and supporters for an afternoon action supporting workers employed by Darden Brands who are organizing against illegal and unfair conditions. Darden, which owns The Capital Grille, Red Lobster, and Olive Garden, is adamantly opposed to increa