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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Dec 22, 2023 | News Story

Healthcare workers with the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and Communications Workers of America District 1 (CWA D1), joined by other healthcare unions and labor leaders, held a rally and press conference Tuesday, calling on lawmakers to prioritize safe staffing, ahead of a crucial

Dec 22, 2023 | News Story

After more than a year of bargaining followed by an energetic 12-day strike,

Dec 22, 2023 | News Story

Production accountants at Local 161 have won union recognition for all Netflix accountants in New York and New Jersey.

Dec 20

Wednesday, December 20, 2:30PM: Rally with NYC commercial cleaners, porters and handypersons for a fair new labor contract covering 20,000 NYC workers and 1,300 buildings. The rally will take place at 41st Street and Broadway.

Dec 15, 2023 | News Story

Postdoctoral researchers at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, members of SPOC-UAW, are currently on an unfair labor practice strike in the process of reaching a fair contract.

Dec 15, 2023 | News Story

Unionized editorial workers at Law360 — who have had enough of parent company LexisNexis execs’ illegal tactics and stalling at the bargaining table — held a one-day strike on Wednesday, highlighted by a mid-afternoon rally and a day-long picket line outside corporate headquarters in New York Cit

Dec 15, 2023 | News Story

Workers at the Brooklyn Strategist (333 Court St.), a popular tabletop board game cafe in Cobble Hill owned by Jon Freeman, this week won a landslide victory 17-1.

Dec 15, 2023 | News Story

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and Microsoft Corp.

Dec 15, 2023 | News Story

Governor Kathy Hochul this week announced a new $45 million Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Clean Energy Training Initiative. This initiative will expand the capacity of labor organizations to offer training as a pathway to clean energy careers.

Dec 15, 2023 | News Story

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