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Under the presidency of Barack Obama, we have seen some of the broadest expansion of America’s social safety net since the implementation of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s Great Society and War on Poverty of the 1960’s. President Obama’s leadership has provided healthcare for tens of millions of people, transformed the banking and auto industries, resuscitated the economy, made marriage an institution of equality and protected workers in ways unseen since after the Great Depression.
(Troy, NY) Faith and leaders from across the Capital District met in Troy, NY today to discuss issues including regional poverty, corporate accountability, and the ongoing union drive at St. Peter’s Health Partners. Attendees also discussed the tax increase in Troy and the disparity between the largest employers in the city being tax exempt while citizens are being asked to pay more.
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Williamsville, NY – On Wednesday, January 18, frontline healthcare workers, community leaders, CEO’s, and affected citizens will stand united to sound the alarm about what’s at stake as Donald Trump and Congressional leaders move to eliminate affordable healthcare coverage, including vital Medicaid benefits and services.
The healthcare workers of 1199SEIU celebrate the release of freedom fighter Oscar López Rivera after 35 years in prison, and we thank President Obama for his many pardons. Oscar was sent to jail because of his deep belief that the people of Puerto Rico deserve democracy, justice and fair representation.
Buffalo, N.Y.— After a long haul, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and service workers at Elderwood Grand Island, a western New York nursing home, finally had their vote to organize certified by The National Labor Relations Board; they are now members of 1199SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East, the most powerful healthcare workers’ union in the country.
New York, NY – While millions of Americans were sleeping last night, the Senate voted to begin steps to decimate the Affordable Care Act – which provides coverage to 30 million Americans nationwide. Healthcare workers stand united in demanding a plan be in place before the ACA is demolished. The plan should at a minimum preserve insurance for people who gained coverage under the current ACA, prevent insurance companies from unfairly discriminating against patients, and preserve Medicaid funding for the states.
Repealing the Affordable Care Act without a plan in place would cause thousands of Long Islanders to lose their health coverage, slash millions of dollars from local hospitals and threaten jobs and the economy throughout Long Island. Community members, patient advocates, nurses and healthcare workers are demanding a replacement plan before any repeal, which includes maintaining coverage for everyone with insurance, preserving patient protections and continuing Medicaid funding.
Utica, NY – On Thursday, Janurary 12, Mayor Robert Palmieri, members of the Utica Common Council, frontline healthcare workers, and community leaders will be sounding the alarm about what’s at stake as Donald Trump and Congressional leaders move to eliminate affordable healthcare coverage, including vital Medicaid benefits and services.
The nurses and healthcare workers of 1199SEIU applaud Governor Cuomo’s bold progressive vision that he outlined for working families in his State of State address. Governor Cuomo’s concrete policy proposals are continuing to lead our state toward a better future, including tuition-free college for those making less than $125,000, doubling child care tax credits, expanding voting rights, criminal justice reform, investing in infrastructure, standing up for affordable healthcare, closing the dangerous Indian Point nuclear plant and protections for hard-working immigrants.