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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Feb 24, 2023 | News Story

“NO CONTRACT, NO PEACE!” That was the rallying cry of over 100 musicians and union supporters who picketed in front of Carnegie Hall on Feb. 20 to demand a fair contract for the DCINY Orchestra, who are represented by AFM Local 802.

Feb 24, 2023 | News Story

Members of TWU Local 100 and the Riders Alliance gathered Wednesday outside Grand Central to make the case against service cuts and in support of six minute service and better transit funding.

Feb 24, 2023 | News Story

Resident physicians and fellows at Elmhurst Hospital, represented by the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR/SEIU), held a rally on Tuesday to bring attention to what they believe is Mount Sinai’s inequity in the treatment of healthcare workers and to call for a fair contract to benefit thems

Feb 24, 2023 | News Story

Alphabet Workers Union-CWA members and their coworkers on the YouTube Music Content Operations team, contracted through Cognizant, are on an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike after the company issued a Return to Office (RTO) order in response to the workers filing for a certification election wi

Feb 24, 2023 | News Story

After winning their union last year (89.5% voted union yes), Mt. Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine Postdoctoral Researchers (members of SPOC-UAW) are still waiting for administrators to agree to basic, routine labor rights in contract negotiations.

Feb 24, 2023 | News Story

Twenty construction workers died on the job in New York City in 2021, according to a new NYCOSH report released this week, with the pace of fatalities rising back to pre-pandemic levels after a year of industry shutdowns.

Feb 27

Members of the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), the union of CUNY faculty and professional staff, will rally before work outside CUNY Central (205 E. 42nd St.) the morning of Monday, February 27, the day before their contract expires. Arrive at 7:30 AM. Rally begins at 8 AM.

Feb 21

Workers from the YouTube Music content operations have been organizing to build power in their workplace.

In response to these workers exercising their legally protected rights, their employers Google & Cognizant are retaliatiing against them.