Retiree healthcare covers more than just insurance needs

Humana Group Medicare Associate Vice President Eric St. Pierre and Humana National Labor Relations Representative Nate Whiteman joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the benefits of group medicare plans for retirees and how Humana strives to provide the best quality healthcare possible. Continue reading

Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda could benefit nursing homes

Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how the budget reconciliation bill may benefit nursing home workers and help mitigate the industry’s current labor shortage. Continue reading

Maximus workers seek to unionize in bid for better healthcare and pay

Frank Mathews, Administrative Director for the Communication Workers of America (CWA) District 4, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss efforts by workers at Maximus to organize with the CWA to improve healthcare benefits and pay. Continue reading

Social Security recipients see biggest raise in nearly 40 years

As costs rise due to inflation, millions of Social Security recipients will get a 5.9 percent raise in benefits for 2022 — the highest cost of living adjustment in decades.

Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the raise and what it will mean for retired workers.

He also spoke about provisions in the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill that would allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices and why the Democrats may amend the filibuster rule to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Continue reading

Performers survived the pandemic and a decimated industry thanks to union help

No other demographic in America was affected by the pandemic quite like the live performance industry.

Within a week after March 12, 2020, the entire industry shutdown. Musicians, performers and stagehands suddenly found themselves with no income and their health insurance threatened, with no sign of when the world would re-open.

Adam Krauthamer, President of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 802, joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the challenges performers faced during the pandemic and how the AFM fought to secure pay, healthcare and pension benefits for its members. Continue reading

Low pay, poor benefits: The looming labor shortage in nursing homes

The COVID-19 pandemic clearly illustrated how essential nursing aides, homecare workers and nursing assistants are to society. At the same time, these workers earn low wages and few benefits. As more Americans become elderly and the industry of direct care suffers high rates of turnover, a workforce shortage in nursing care assistants looms.

Robert Espinoza, Vice President of Policy at PHI National, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the plight of direct care workers and what can be done to address the labor shortage in this job market. Continue reading

Jury awards family over $10M in mesothelioma case

Mesothelioma is a rare but deadly cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen caused by the inhalation of asbestos. This tragic disease primarily affects workers such as mechanics, construction workers and other laborers, who suffer exposure.

Increasingly, the families of patients who suffer from this disease are winning substantial financial awards in court. Continue reading

Group Medicare plans help seniors save with better flexibility

For retirees shopping Medicare plans in the insurance space, coverage and flexibility significantly varies depending on whether you have an individual plan or group plan. Depending on the type of plan you have, you may need to research and switch plans annually to optimize coverage and have something that fits your needs.

Humana Associate Vice President of Group Medicare Eric St. Pierre joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the differences between individual and group Medicare plans and how to get the best coverage to meet your medical needs. Continue reading