Archive for ‘Health Care’

May 3, 2014

Seattle Solidarity Against Superbugs

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By Jim Fromm

SEATTLE, OCCUPIED DUWAMISH TERRITORY – May 3, 2014

In the week prior and on May Day, activists passed out hundreds of fliers on antibiotics resistance at Seattle McDonald’s restaurants, calling on McDonald’s workers and customers to strike and boycott. Shortly after the Seattle immigrants’ rights march, half a dozen people were kicked out of the McDonald’s on Third and Pine for leafleting. The flier’s text is below.

April 24, 2013

Peabody Energy screwing former coal workers out of health care

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By John Upton of Grist:

If there’s anything darker than coal, it’s the hearts of coal company executives. They ask workers to risk their lives to extract the filthiest of all fossil fuels — and then they screw over those workers.

On Thursday, police arrested 14 people in St. Louis, Mo., during the latest in a series of large union-organized protests against such dark-heartedness by Peabody Energy. Workers say the company robbed them of desperately needed retirement health benefits through a cynical corporate maneuver.

March 15, 2012

Arizona Birth Control Bill Allows Employers To Fire Women On The Pill Based On Religious Beliefs

By IBTimes Staff Reporter:

A new controversial bill regarding birth control has been advanced in Arizona which would allow employers to fire women who take the pill to prevent pregnancy, rather than for health purposes, based on religious and moral beliefs.

The current law states that birth control is covered under health insurance plans for women in Arizona for contraceptive purposes as well as health concerns. However, the new birth control bill, House Bill 2625, states that women who want their birth control pill to be covered by their insurance plans must verify its purpose to be solely for medical reasons and not to prevent pregnancy. The bill would grant employers to deny female employees the right to be covered based on religious beliefs.

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