Nurses play it straight

It was Carol Braund’s last NYSUT Health Care volunteer lobby day as a nurse from SUNY Upstate Medical Center. And it was the first volunteer lobby day for Augustine Balaram, an RN from Visiting Nurse Service in Manhattan. Despite the difference in years of their careers, they have a lot in common. Like the other […]

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Little girl lifts election spirits


After voting last night, I settled in on the couch for a long night with my blanket, my dog, my remote control and my cell phone to connect with friends I knew were as invested in the election as I was. I knew how much was at stake in this election — for women, for […]

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Safe patient handling now!

The Safe Patient Handling Act has been reintroduced with amendments and changes that were agreed to by the coalition of labor, patient advocates, health and safety and employers that are supporting the bill. The new number is S7735 (Maziarz) / A10715 (Gunther). The state AFL-CIO has set up a hotline to help you call your lawmaker. […]

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Taking on #1 killer of women

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Today is the Capital Region’s Go Red for Women luncheon. NYSUT is one of the sponsors of this awareness and education campaign of the American Heart Association. I often forget that heart disease is the leading cause of death in females in the United States, followed closely by cancer. Here’s a link to a 2003 […]

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The life you save could be your own

Under a restructuring plan, services and jobs at SUNY Downstate Medical Center will be drastically cut. Like, to the bone. Not because Downstate Medical Center is not highly utilized (it is) or highly qualified (it’s internationally recognized for its excellence inpatient care and research.) Thousands of Brooklynites use the center for both inpatient and outpatient […]

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BOCES retiree tackles health care issues

Beverly Alves is technically “retired.” Yeah, right! Beverly taught special education for nearly 30 years at the Herkimer County BOCES, retiring in 2004. But this is one active retiree! A member of the Herkimer County BOCES Teachers Association, Beverly is a frequent visitor to Albany, where she advocates for NYSUT issues as part of the […]

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Give health care reform a chance

The vote to repeal the historic healthcare reform law of 2010 was postponed and rescheduled for Jan. 19. The delay has allowed for more research and writing and the realization by health insurers that this may be a good thing for their profit margin. If this law is repealed,  it could mean children with pre-existing conditions […]

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Raise your hand if you care about health care

Retirees at NYSUT conference raise concerns, and their hands, over health care

So I’m trying to learn about posting images into the blog. Bryan Thomas, the real brains behind how this looks, isn’t around. And I’ve just got to see if I can do it myself. So anyway, this was at a workshop about the new health care law. Lots of good info, such as Under […]

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