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Archive: September, 2012

Domestic violence: Should community health workers intervene?

Friday, September 28, 2012, 7:15 AM
Imagine that you are a community health worker visiting a woman who has missed a couple of doctor's appointments. While sitting in her living room, you notice something disturbing. Just above her wrist are a series of bruises, spaced so they look like they were caused by someone roughly grabbing her... Read more

Down in the Delta: Community health workers and the rural poor

Monday, September 24, 2012, 6:05 AM
About 150 miles away from Philadelphia, Mississippi, the Delta Health Alliance in Washington County, Mississippi uses community health workers to handle some of the same problems found in our Philadelphia. (Read my article in today's Inquirer here.) "The Mississippi Delta is one of the poorest areas... Read more

Two to tango in the management-union dance

Thursday, September 13, 2012, 11:36 AM
I wish the word "management" had fewer letters, because then maybe, it would show up in headlines along with "union" or "labor," nice short words to top a one-column article. What bothers me so much about the news and commentary on unions is that people forget that contracts are involved. At some... Read more

Health insurance premiums outstrip wages, inflation plus geeky tidbit

Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 10:05 AM
Premiums for employer-sponsored health care rose 4 percent for families in 2012, up to $15,745. Single coverage rose 3 percent to $5,429. The good news is that the price retreated from 9 and 8 percent hikes in 2011, when, it appears insurers were busy setting up their plans to accommodate the changes... Read more

When a union unionizes

Friday, September 7, 2012, 4:15 AM
If you want to test a union leader's commitment to the labor movement, watch what happens when members of the union's staff attempt to form a union and the union itself becomes management. In 2010, unions were still holding out hope that the Employee Free Choice Act wasn't entirely dead in the water... Read more

Union protest: Spectacularly strategic, or funny?

Thursday, September 6, 2012, 4:05 AM
To union officials involved in a last-minute standoff with Jefferson University Hospital's management team on June 30, it seemed like a strategic tour de force. Naturally, a management lawyer didn't see it that way. If you like the give-and-take of labor negotiations, you'll like this story. Let's... Read more

Succession planning union style

Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 3:45 AM
In the recent round of contract talks involving Philadelphia's major hospitals and eight nursing homes, Chris Woods was a key player on the union side of the bargaining table representing 1199C. Word around the union hall is that Henry Nicholas, 76, the union's longtime leader, considers Woods to be... Read more

Barack, Hillary and the Philadelphia labor movement

Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 3:20 AM
Need yet another political story today with the Democratic convention in full swing? Here's one from a time just four years ago, when there was a true battle for the Presidency between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama that featured two labor leaders butting heads in Philadelphia. Both candidates... Read more

Jewish pharmacists in Harlem and a Philadelphia union

Monday, September 3, 2012, 6:00 AM
The union that today represents many of Philadelphia's health care workers got its start during the Depression in New York City, its members a small group of clerks and pharmacists. For this post, and to augment my profile of Henry Nicholas in the Labor Day edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer, I'm... Read more
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