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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Last week, workers from various sectors and industries got together to highlight a new day in New York City. Workers, parents, community groups, and Labor union representatives gathered to celebrate the end where the needs of the wealthy were unfairly placed over those of everyday people.
Join us for a mass rally and creative actions at Foley Square starting at 4:30PM to cap off an energetic day of low-wage worker actions around the city that will bring together workers, students, activists, faith leaders and everyday New Yorkers who want to fight inequality and build a stronger,
Join Wal-Mart employees, Wal-Mart Free NYC, ALIGN-NY, and supporters for a Black Friday protest against Wal-Mart’s union-busting. The group is calling for Wal-Mart to increase wages for all workers to at least $25,000 per year.
Join members of the Civil Service Technical Guild, AFSCME Local 375, DC 37 to speak against the waste of taxpayer dollars outsourced to high-paid consultants. Money direly needed for repairs is being spent on private contractors. It hurts the residents, the workers, the city and the taxpayers.
New York, NY – New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement regarding the victories of Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio, and a new, more progressive City Council:
Testament to Labor Movement’s Ability to Fight for Working Families
By Vincent Alvarez
Doormen at 231 Tenth Avenue walked off the job today in protest of building owners’ attempts to retaliate against workers seeking to unionize with 32BJ SEIU.