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 4

Join the Professional Staff Congress- CUNY for a contract campaign kick-off march and rally to stand for the contract they deserve.

The union’s demands include:

5% salary increase per year of the contract for all faculty and staff

Nov 17, 2017 | News Story

The Writers Guild of America, East today announced that staff at Vox Media overwhelmingly voted to unionize. Members of the new “Vox  Union” include writers, editors and social media professionals, as well video producers and others.

Nov 17, 2017 | News Story

This week, thousands of members of New York City Building Trades unions gathered on 10th Avenue at 34th Street for a solidarity rally against open shop policies on construction sites.

Nov 14

The Association of Benefit Administrators will host its November luncheon meeting on Tuesday, November 14th at RWDSU.

Nov 3, 2017 | News Story

On Monday, October 30th union members from all over NYC gathered in Times Square to rally with striking IBEW Local 3 workers.

Nov 3, 2017 | News Story

Last Saturday, union members gathered in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens for a day of GOTV to educate their fellow union members about the dangers of a NYS constitutional convention.

Nov 3, 2017 | News Story

As of Wednesday, November 1, open enrollment for health care coverage by the Affordable Care Act is open through December 15th.

Oct 25

Now more than ever, communities of color are under constant attack, and we can’t afford to put our livelihood at further risk.

Oct 24

Now more than ever, communities of color are under constant attack, and we can’t afford to put our livelihood at further risk.

Oct 6, 2017 | News Story

This week, the labor movement demonstrated what union solidarity is all about. More than 300 union members boarded a flight in Newark, New Jersey headed for San Juan, Puerto Rico.