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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Jul 26

1199 SEIU HOME HEALTH AIDES TO RALLY FOR SICK DAYS, AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE

Jul 29

Join Fast Food Forward members and supporters as they rally to support fast food workers walking off the job in protest of low-wages, a lack of benefits, and workplace respect.  Se below for a schedule of actions around the city.

Morning Action

Jul 19, 2013 | News Story

This week, 1199 and NYSNA continued to oppose the SUNY-ordered of closure of Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital.

Jul 24

12pm: Join ROC-NY, low-wage workers, and supporters for an afternoon action supporting workers employed by Darden Brands who are organizing against illegal and unfair conditions.  Darden, which owns The Capital Grille, Red Lobster, and Olive Garden, is adamantly opposed to increa

Sep 7

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Sep 4

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Sep 3

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Jul 12, 2013 | News Story

This week, the NYC District Council of Carpenters continued its strike against the Manufacturing Woodworkers Association of Greater NYC, seeking better wages and benefits for workers.  The Carpenters’ contract expired on June 30, and on Monday July 1, 350 members went out on strike in protest of

Jul 5, 2013 | Press Release

New York, NY - New York City Central Labor Council,  AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez has released the following statement on the MTA's decision to use Chinese-made steel to repair the Verrazano Bridge: