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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Jun 29, 2018 | News Story

New York City Council Member I. Daneek Miller, chair of the Committee on Civil Service and Labor, said on Monday it’s “pretty obvious” that Charter/Spectrum has not bargained “in good faith” with striking IBEW Local 3 workers.

Jun 29, 2018 | News Story

District Council 37, the city’s largest public employee union, has reached a tentative agreement with the City of New York on a new, 44-month wage pact that provides a total of 7.42 percent in pay hikes; back pay; plus additional resources to boost employee education and training and to address i

Jun 29, 2018 | News Story

On Wednesday, with an expired contract, 1,500 unionized H&M workers at locations across Manhattan ramped up their campaign for a fair new contract. After months of negotiations, it was clear to the union that the company was not bargaining with any real intent to secure a new contract.

Jun 27, 2018 | Press Release

New York, NY - "We know that these attacks on unions are being driven by anti-worker and other right wing interests to strike a blow at the infrastructure that supports every day working class Americans—not simply unionized public sector workers, but their private sector counterp

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Jun 15, 2018 | News Story

On Tuesday after work, hundreds of union construction workers rallied outside of Related Companies headquarters...

Jun 15, 2018 | News Story

Celebrate your dad in solidarity style this Father's Day by getting him a gift that sports the union label. Check out some union-made Father's Day gift ideas from our friends over at Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

Jun 22, 2018 | News Story

After months of intense negotiations and a public campaign by UFT members, the union and the Department of Education have reached an agreement that will provide paid parental leave for New York City public school educators.

Jun 22, 2018 | News Story

From the New York State AFL-CIO: A year ago New York union members led the way to the most impressive political victory in the history of this state – the defeat of the Constitutional Convention.

Organizing a union in your workplace is about getting more rights and more power. Thousands of working people—all across the country and in all kinds of jobs—organize unions every year because unions are the best way to secure the things you care about.