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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Oct 18

Union members and labor allies of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) prepare to protest outside the headquarters of International Flavors & Fragrances at 521 W. 57th St. in New York City on October 18th.

Oct 13, 2023 | News Story

Nearly 113 years after the tragedy, the long-awaited public memorial to the victims and legacy of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire was dedicated Wednesday in front of a crowd numbering in the thousands at th

Oct 13, 2023 | News Story

The musicians of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, represented by AFM Local 802, rallied this week outside Lincoln Center as the ballet celebrated its 75th anniversary.

Oct 13, 2023 | News Story

The Jewish Museum unionized staff have voted overwhelmingly to ratify their first union contract after over a year of organizing and negotiations.
 

Oct 13, 2023 | News Story

Workers at Alamo Drafthouse, the movie theater chain known for dine-in service and strict policies on etiquette, voted to unionize yesterday in Lower Manhattan, with 65% of workers voting in favor of joining UAW Local 2179.

Oct 13, 2023 | News Story

In a major expansion of the nationwide strike actions, 8,700 UAW members walked off the job Wednesday, shutting down Ford Motor Company’s iconic and extremely profitable Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville.

Oct 11, 2023 | Press Release

NEW YORK, October 11, 2023—Nearly 113 years after the tragedy, the long-awaited public memorial to the victims and legacy of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire will today be dedicated at the s

Oct 6, 2023 | News Story

Wednesday, October 11, 11:30AM: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire was one of the worst workplace tragedies in American history. But it was also a turning point in winning safer working conditions and basic human rights for working people throughout America.

Oct 6, 2023 | News Story

Actors’ Equity Association, the national labor union representing more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers in live theatre, has announced that it has organized the production assistants (PAs) who work as part of stage management teams on Broadway and sit-down productions produced b

Oct 6, 2023 | News Story

Momentum continues to build as postdoctoral researchers organize unions across the city with UAW.