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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May 19

Friday, May 9 – Monday, May 19

The Workers Unite Film Festival is a celebration of Labor through film.

Please click here for more information and to view the full schedule of screenings.

May 2, 2014 | News Story

Yesterday, thousands of union members and community groups converged on City Hall Park to speak out for fair wages and contracts, safe jobs and comprehensive immigration reform. 

Apr 17

Support Striking Workers at Crown Holdings in Canada

Apr 4, 2014 | News Story

Today, Friday, April 4 roughly 100 airport workers and 32BJ members gathered at JFK Airport to celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a nine mile march to LaGuardia Airport.  

Apr 9

New York Caring Across Generations is excited to announce the next New York Care Council meeting!

Learn about NY CAG’s campaign to expand City funding towards home care services for low-income seniors in NYC!    

Mar 21, 2014 | News Story

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Apr 2

32BJ Residential Contract Campaign – Making NY Home
 

Mar 28, 2014 | News Story

Residents at Elmhurst Hospital have voted to join the Council of Interns and Residents (CIR/SEIU Healthcare)!  Last September, 140 Elmhurst residents petitioned for the right to join the union, in response to the fact that they are paid roughl

Apr 4

Sanitation Workers 1968—Airport Workers 2014