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 2, 2018 | News Story

During GWC-UAW Local 2110's strike in April, over 1,500 graduate workers withdrew their labor and marched on the picket lines, and when the strike ended, they knew what their next steps would be.

Nov 2, 2018 | News Story

Google employees are fed up with the search giant’s lack of transparency when it comes to handling sexual harassment and misconduct allegations. Yesterday morning, thousands of Googlers from San Francisco to Dublin walked out in hopes of bringing real change to the company.

Nov 2, 2018 | News Story

Yesterday, content creators at Al Jazeera English, based in the United States, voted overwhelmingly to recognize SAG-AFTRA as their union ̶ with 97 percent voting in favor. The election was conducted by mail ballot and votes were counted this afternoon by the National Labor Relations Board.

Oct 26, 2018 | News Story

Workers in United Airlines’ catering kitchens in five cities have voted overwhelmingly to unionize with UNITE HERE. In a National Mediation Board election lasting five weeks, 72% of United catering workers voted to join the union.

Oct 26, 2018 | News Story

The Unit Council of Law360, a New York-based legal news service owned by LexisNexis, announced on Tuesday that their members voted overwhelmingly in favor of authorizing a strike if necessary to secure a first contract.

Oct 26, 2018 | News Story

Mayor Bill de Blasio, District Council 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido, Local 3621 President Vincent Variale and Local 2507 President Oren Barzilay this week announced that the City will provide Unlimited 9/11 Sick Leave to City workers who participated in World Trade Center rescue, recovery

Oct 26, 2018 | News Story

“New York City is a union town,” they chanted — thousands of voices reverberating off of office buildings and down the upper Manhattan street on Tuesday afternoon.

Oct 19, 2018 | News Story

Postal Workers, members of Congress, and allies gathered at the Hunts Point Post Office on Tuesday to call for the immediate reinstatement of posting banking services and explain why it's a winning proposal for all stakeholders: the U.S.

Nov 1

Who doesn’t love raising money for huge, heartless multinational companies?
 
We need you at the BBH NY office Thursday, Nov. 1. SAG-AFTRA’s greatest power is the solidarity of our members. It’s time to show our strength – and good will.
  

Oct 19, 2018 | News Story

Sisters & Brothers:

Workers at Charter/Spectrum have been on strike since March 2017 fighting for good healthcare and retirement security at a highly profitable company.