Many in the country see the banking/financial crisis as something that has already happened, a problem solved. Is this the case? Or are we facing serious problems ahead because of the lack of political will to take on Wall Street?
After nine months of intense negotiations with 19 HCA-affiliated hospitals, 1199SEIU members voted overwhelmingly to ratify contracts that will include 2.75% raise increases and lifting caps of the wages of some of the company’s most experienced employees.
Braving the bitter cold, District of Columbia homecare workers gathered in front of DC Superior Court on December 11 to file the first in a series of lawsuits against three of the city’s largest Medicaid providers, alleging widespread failure to obey the law and pay required wages over a period of three years. DC home care workers will seek class action certification on behalf of their coworkers in the coming weeks.
Hundreds of 1199SEIU members from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C and Maryland were among the nearly 10,000 people who marched in the nation’s capital on Saturday, December 13th demanding an end to police violence and the unjust treatment of people of color and the poor at the hands of the country’s law enforcement officials.
“This is such a great event because it’s important for us to get together and to see each other. I love to hear how everyone’s doing and I get to find out what’s happening with the Union and hear more about my benefits,” said Catalina Hall, who retired from Manhattan’s Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center in 2000.
“There has been a travesty of justice for Michael Brown, his family, the Ferguson community, and communities of color across our nation. Once again, an unarmed person of color has been killed without any consequences, like so many countless others.