Sequestration could be bad for your health

POSTED: Sunday, March 3, 2013, 5:05 AM
Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H., Professor, Earle Mack School of Law & Drexel School of Public Health

With no deal in Washington to stop it, the sequestration of federal funds is about to begin. It could be enough to make you sick – literally.

Some of the automatic budget cuts won’t be felt for months, if sequestration lasts that long. But several cuts involving health care will hit us much sooner. And they could hit us hard.

Here are five to be especially concerned about. (Figures for their impacts this year in Pennsylvania are available here.) Continue reading “Sequestration could be bad for your health”

GOP Rep.: The Pa. Voter ID Law Would Only Disenfranchise ‘Lazy’ People


09/20/2012; Jackie Tortora

Just in case you were concerned about the more than 750,000 Pennsylvania voters who would0 Pennsylvania voters who would be disenfranchised this November—thanks to the state’s new voter ID law—Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Pa.), who sponsored the law, assured Pennsylvania residents during a radio interview that the law would only disenfranchise “lazy” individuals.

Astonishingly, Metcalfe took a cue from Mitt Romney and claimed these individuals who are “lazy” are also the 47% “living off the public dole, living off their neighbors’ hard work.” Continue reading “GOP Rep.: The Pa. Voter ID Law Would Only Disenfranchise ‘Lazy’ People”

Union Members Remember 9/11 by Rebuilding the World Trade Center


09/11/2012; Jackie Tortora

As millions of Americans took a moment this morning to remember the tragedy that occurred 11 years ago on Sept. 11 in New York City, Virginia and Pennsylvania, military veterans who’ve found careers through the Ironworkers, Laborers (LiUNA), Heat and Frost Insulators and Bricklayers (BAC) are rebuilding the World Trade Center in New York.

Take a minute to watch the YouTube video in the post.

Other unions spoke out in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and the members who made a difference that day:

The Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) said:

Eleven years ago, twenty-five Flight Attendants took action as first responders in a war we didn’t know we were fighting. These heroes were among the first to relay the intelligence that alerted our country and our flying partners in flight 93, who in turn sacrificed their own lives to save countless others on the ground.

Immediately following the horrific events of September 11th, Flight Attendants and crewmembers helped usher millions of passengers home to their families and loved ones. Our work continues every day since then, adding to our role as first responder the new responsibility as aviation’s last line of defense.

The Air Line Pilots (ALPA) said:

On that horrific day 11 years ago, the emotional questions of why and how such attacks could have happened quickly evolved into our firm resolve: We will prevent this act from happening again. We will, as airline pilots, never again witness a friend, a family member or a fellow crewmember leave us too early in this manner.

Today, as we have done each year since 2001, the airline pilots and staff of ALPA reaffirm our commitment to stand together and to stay vigilant and actively engaged in every effort to secure our skies. We will never forget.

Fire Fighters (IAFF) released the following statement:

Even though 11 years have passed since that cloudless blue morning in September, the IAFF has not forgotten.

In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, IAFF staff mobilized swiftly to assist members in New York City, providing extra staff, financial support and counseling for the grieving.

“At the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, our members gave everything they had. The best that this union and this nation have to offer was demonstrated in their courageous response,” says [IAFF General President Harold] Schaitberger.

In the years since, the IAFF has strived in numerous ways to honor the service of members who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11. In addition, the International has fought to ensure safer and healthier working conditions and advocated for benefits and protections for IAFF members and their families.

The Ironworkers tweeted:

Today, we remember the 9/11 tragedy, those who lost their lives, their families, brave first responders….Then…we rebuild! #ironworkers

Watch Helmets to Hardhats: Military Veterans Rebuild the World Trade Center.

Workers’ Voice Launches Friends and Neighbors App



09/07/2012; Jackie Tortora

 Worker's Voice just launched a Friends and Neighbors tool for online activists.

Want to do your part in getting friends and family out to vote for pro-working family candidates this November? Sign up for the Workers’ Voice Friends and Neighbors (FAN) online social phone bank tool that just launched in seven states: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio and Florida. Visit the website:

The tool allows activists to match their Facebook friends to the publicly available voter file and begin contacting their targeted friends via phone banks, print mail, e-mail and Facebook, in support of the Labor 2012 program.

Stay tuned for an instructional video next week.

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