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Thousands of healthcare workers walked off the job at the University of California’s five medical centers on Tuesday, delaying surgeries, diagnostic procedures, treatments and emergency care throughout the state.

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Thousands of healthcare workers walked off the job at the University of California’s five medical centers on Tuesday, delaying surgeries, diagnostic procedures, treatments and emergency care throughout the state.

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Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 30, 2012

The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers has been working across states to raise awareness and empower Latino workers and older adults to advocate for leaves that pay laws at the local and state level. Leaves that pay policies are the best way to ensure that workers dont have to choose between their family and their job. Job security and steady wages are crucial for the Hispanic community as many workers are also caregivers and heads of households.

With the flu season underway, it is likely that workers without paid sick days are going to work ill. This creates a toll on the individuals health, but also makes possible the spread of the illness to those in the work or family environment. Similarly, there are also workers who do have leaves that pay, but dont use it when they are sick because they are unaware of the benefit.

The Leaves That Pay initiative is more than good public health policy, its common sense, said Dr. Yanira Cruz, NHCOA President and CEO. When workers can stay home to take care of themselves or a loved one while earning wages, both individuals and the health care system are better off in the long run. Leaves that pay enable workers to avoid spreading illnesses, and to manage minor health problems before they become serious or chronic.

That is why NHCOA has been working to raise awareness among Latino workers in California, which has leaves that pay laws in place. While these workers are the ones who need leaves that pay the most, they are the least likely to use it in the event of an illness. In fact, according to a 2011 study by Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman only 34% of Hispanic Californians were aware these laws existed. Likewise, NHCOA has been working with advocates in New York City to bring a leaves that pay bill, which was introduced more than a year ago, to vote in the City Council. As the initiative expands, NHCOA hopes to empower Latino communities in Southern Florida to advocate for a similar law, and to expand an existing worker disability law in New Jersey.

NHCOAs Leaves That Pays initiative is sponsored by the Ford Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.nhcoa.org.







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New regulations passed by the Department of Health require anyone in the healthcare field to get immunized for the flu. Related terms: health care health meningitis disease diseases health law health care bill Obamacare Obama care health plan health care plan healthcare healthcare…

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In recent months, we have witnessed vicious attacks against the right to health care for migrants, both in Canada and across the globe. Those without the fortune of being born with a particular passport are being condemned to suffering and death. Against the backdrop of increasingly restrictive and racist immigration laws being passed in Canada, Spain, and most nations in the Global North, we are also witnessing the unprecedented mobilization and resistance of health workers and allies who are refusing to comply with inhumane laws that leave some of the most marginalized in our society behind. In Spain, in spite of the Conservative Rajoy government passing a policy denying health coverage to undocumented migrants, 1650 doctors across the country have held public protests and have launched a ‘conscientious objection’ campaign to declare publicly that they will continue to serve ALL patients, irrespective of immigration status. Despite government threats, health workers continue to serve migrants and speak out against racist laws. In Canada, despite recent legislation that similarly denies health care to refugees and undocumented people, thousands of doctors, nurses, psychologists, medical technologists, students, healthcare workers and allies have mobilized across the country in support of migrant communities, denouncing the cuts. From occupations of MP offices, to public disruptions of Conservative MPs, to petitions signed by tens of thousands across the country in
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Injured Workers In California Rolled Under The Bus Again “The labor movement has been before this committee raging about delays and denials In medical treatments” Angie Wei, Legislative Director California Labor Federation SB 863 Is “Crafted To Exclude Injured Workers With Mental Disorders, Most Of Them Anyway” “Directs Costs Elsewhere To State Disability and Social Security” Dr. Bob Larson UCSF Clinical Professor School Of Medicine “We are becoming a drive through medicine for the injured worker” Jésse Ceniceros President Voters Injured At Work VIAW On August 28, 2012 a California Assembly Insurance Committee hearing was held on SB 863 the “reform” of Workers Compensation This bill SB 863 would create major healthcare problems for injured workers including excluding mental illness, insomnia and sexual problems form workers comp coverage. www.leginfo.ca.gov It would also allow the outsourcing to anonymous doctors from other states who do not even have a California medical licenses to make medical determinations in cases without even examining the patient. For more information: www.workplacebullying.org www.californiaprogressreport.com www.viaw.org www.workplacebullying.org www.iwnn.org Production of California Coalition For Workers Memorial Day www.workersmemorialday.org
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Postal Service said it is cooperating with a U.S. government investigation into a former postal worker’s claim that he has been seriously ill for more than a year after he says he came in contact with a suspicious package at the Florida facility where he worked.

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Health-care workers picket Westport nursing home
Members of New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199, picket Friday outside the Westport Health Care Center to protest impasse in negotiating a new contract with HealthBridge, the company that manages the nursing home.
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Defense Health Agency: Next step to curb medical costs
Defense officials have asked Congress to approve a new governance structure for the military health care system that, like higher Tricare fees, would help to curb what, for a decade, have been runaway medical costs, officials explained.
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Health finds a place in the geekfest called South by Southwest
Rock Health, an incubator focused on health-care startups, and WePay, an online payments provider, will showcase their products and services at the four-day conference that starts today in Austin, Texas. Edmodo Inc., an educational social network, …
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After being attacked, Mohammed Yusuf, center, director of the Medina Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, is now guarded 24 hours a day. Hospitals, health workers and ambulances are increasingly targeted in conflicts worldwide, depriving millions people of treatment, the International Committee of the Red Cross says.


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After being attacked, Mohammed Yusuf, center, director of the Medina Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, is now guarded 24 hours a day. Hospitals, health workers and ambulances are increasingly targeted in conflicts worldwide, depriving millions people of treatment, the International Committee of the Red Cross says.


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