first_imgFired doctors, nurses and therapists along with supporters from the community outside the Whittier Street Health Center on June 20.Twenty fired doctors, nurses and therapists marched into the Whittier Street Health Center on June 20 to reclaim their jobs and join their co-workers in an historic “Union Yes” vote. Outside the clinic in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, a militant crowd cheered to show union, community and patient support.With that vote, WSHC became the first community health center in New England where the professional staff is union strong. It was a stunning defeat of union busting and a historic victory against an orchestrated corporate attack on community health workers.The victory was powered by a broad union-community mobilization, led by Service Employees Union Local 1199 organizers under the banner “Health Care Is a Human Right.” (tinyurl.com/y84dw6d7)A week earlier, on June 14, WSHC human resource managers and hired security agents had seized the credentials of these frontline health care workers. Management violated patient safety and confidentiality by entering exam rooms and labs unannounced during clinical sessions. They then forcibly “escorted” workers out of the building.WSHC’s top-paid executives justified the firings as driven by the health center’s funding woes. But the Roxbury community, where many of WSHC’s patients live, expressed immediate outrage in the streets.WSHC is an important resource for affordable or no-cost care for thousands of poor and oppressed people, many uninsured or without adequate insurance. The clinic also provides culturally competent and trauma-informed behavioral health services.Community outrage quickly became a crisis for the city’s ruling class.An overnight mobilization brought hundreds of community members, labor activists and health care advocates to a mass rally outside WSHC’s door.The truth behind the firings was exposed: The fired doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, nutritionists, behavior health counselors, dentists, optometrists and ophthalmologists were all involved in leading a union campaign to organize WSHC’s workers — a federally protected activity. The illegal firings were timed to impact a June 20 union vote.Facing immense pressure from the community and the progressive labor movement, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh reportedly intervened to pull WSHC back and soften its anti-union tactics. The WSHC board and CEO waffled for 48 hours and then caved in as voting day and more mass protests loomed.Exposing health care ‘speed-up’ conditionsWorkers World talked with Dr. Sherar Andalcio, who explained he was fired by WSHC for “objecting to management’s impossible productivity demands.” Dr. Andalcio continued to organize for the union victory while unemployed.Dr. Andalcio described conditions at the center as “like a speed-up on a manufacturing assembly line ” — oppressive working conditions, constant wage theft and intolerable management demands on workers to increase WSHC revenue. He backed up his assertions with a wealth of internal WSHC documents, emails, painstaking research and personal notes.Management’s ramp up of “billable patients” an hour over the last two years has caused 90 percent turnover of primary care and family medicine providers and 150 percent turnover of nurses. Clinical staff now have to see patients at a rate of 30 a day — with a strictly enforced maximum of 15 minutes with each patient to examine, treat and and write a chart note about their clinical plan!Management pressure leaves health workers in a terrible triple bind: treating patients with complex diagnoses and co-morbidities, while also meeting strict productivity requirements and without making a mistake that would cause harm to a patient and/or jeopardize their own clinical license to practice in their field.Like many health centers based in historically Black communities, WSHC serves patients coping with stark health disparities, rooted in the stresses of racism and poverty. Many WSHC patients suffer from, or are at increased risk for, diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, HIV, hepatitis, nutritional deficiency, depression and anxiety, substance use disorders, and many other poverty- and minority-stress-related conditions.The profit-driven speed-ups at WSHC that forced providers to quit have negatively affected patients, leading to constant cancellations, re-appointments with new care teams and inconsistent care. Dr. Andalcio noted: “We are encouraged not to give longer visits because [WSHC] can only bill $150, so we tell [patients] to come back. Just give me an hour with this patient instead of a disjointed 15-minute session.”Profits for the ‘nonprofit’ health companyDr. Andalcio researched WSHC’s “nonprofit” tax filings with the Internal Revenue Service and found that WSHC’s man­agement methods generated $1 to $2 million in profits annually from 2008 to 2016.This surplus was not used to benefit patients or the community. Instead the WSHC CEO’s salary and benefits were doubled over the eight-year period. Executive management also separately reported $600,000 in investment interest income in its 2017 annual report. When this same management illegally fired union organizers, it used the pretense of “funding shortfalls.” Meanwhile, staff have gone without raises for years.After the June 20 union win, the strategy for SEIU organizers, explained Dr. Andalcio, is next to organize all WSHC janitorial, secretarial and administrative staff. United contract negotiation is the goal.Gery Armsby, a health administration worker at another Boston community health center, spoke with Workers World about the significance of the victory: “Hospitals, insurance companies and health centers are increasingly operated and motivated by Wall Street interests. This means a demand for increased profit, which comes in the form of rapid technology upgrades to cut labor and a big surge in the price tag for specialized care and drugs.”Armsby noted: “The average length of patient hospital stays has been forcibly reduced by management in recent years. As a result, many small, urgent care and primary care centers — some community ‘non-profits,’ others run by huge companies like CVS — are opening, drawing large numbers of health workers into smaller, unorganized workplaces.”Health care workers organizeSEIU Local 1199 is investing resources in other union drives similar to that at WSHC. It started with early victories at NYC’s Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, which services the LGBTQ community, and Chase Brexton Health Care, which began as a gay men’s health center in the Baltimore area and now has five centers serving all generations in their communities as well as maintaining diversity. Now there are hopeful indications of a wave of successful union organizing.Armsby observed: “A struggle-oriented approach inspires active worker-organizers in relatively small shops, like the 80 new members of SEIU at Whittier Street Health Center. Doctors and other traditionally nonunion professionals are clamoring to be organized alongside RNs, medical assistants, and janitorial, administrative and dining hall workers. This is a momentous shift in consciousness that needs to be supported and nurtured.”“This level of solidarity reflects a desire, despite the atomization of the ‘gig’ economy workplace, to fight together against dead-end capitalism,” concluded Armsby. “Small shops should no longer be considered insignificant to this struggle, but rather seen as strategic to the goals of union justice for all health care workers and for health care as a human right for the people.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgMGN ImageMAYVILLE – Chautauqua County health officials have reported 16 new COVID-19 cases Thursday afternoon, bringing the total number of positive cases to 550.According to officials, 11 cases are in Battalion 1, one case in Battalion 2, three cases in Battalion 3, and one case in Battalion 4. Of these new cases, two cases are SUNY Fredonia students.485 cases remain under quarantine or isolation orders by the Public Health Director and 235 people are under domestic quarantine for having arrived to Chautauqua County from a state listed on the New York State travel advisory. There also remains two hospitalizations.To date, there have been 416 recoveries, 10 fatalities, and 37,453 negative test results. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img– Lady Jags playing for pride“WE are Cubans, we will fight to the end and we will beat Guyana because we’re Cubans” Cuba’s Head Coach Lazra Ruiz Alfonso told reporters following his team’s scoreless draw against Barbados on Friday at the Leonora Track and Field Facility.The result meant that today’s clash between Cuba and Guyana in the final Group D match of the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Caribbean Qualifiers will be more than intriguing considering the narrative.Barbados defeated Guyana 5 – 1 in their opening game and the draw against the Cubans meant that the ‘Bajans’ are on four points and holding a superior goal difference (+4) over the competition.For Cuba to advance to the final stage of the Caribbean Qualifiers in Haiti, they will have to defeat Guyana by more than five goals. Simply put, the Cubans will have to finish the match with a superior goal difference than Barbados to advance.“We have to be careful going into this final game because no game is equal to the other. I’m going to work on a structure going into the game because we didn’t score against Barbados and in football, especially a match like this, you win it with goals” Alphonso said.According to the Cuban Coach, “I normally speak with the players, let them be organised and just look forward to scoring and that’s what we’re going to do.”Meanwhile, Akilha Castello, head coach for the Lady Jags, believes that they’ve done their part and irrespective of today’s outcome, she’s happy with the progress made by the girls over the past couple of months.Guyana, by virtue of their defeat against Barbados, is out of the tournament, but Castello said the ladies will be playing for more than pride, since a win will boost their morale going ahead in the GFF’s Women’s programme.The 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship qualification is a women’s Under-17 football competition which decides the participating teams of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship. A total of eight teams will play in the final tournament.The 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship will be the 6th edition of the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship, the biennial international youth football championship, organised by CONCACAF for the women’s Under-17 national teams of the North, Central American and Caribbean region.The top three teams of the tournament will qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay as the CONCACAF representatives.In the Caribbean Zone, 19 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) member national teams have entered the qualifying competition, consisting of two stages.Apart from Haiti, who received a bye as hosts of the final round, the remaining 18 teams entered the first round and were divided into three groups of four teams and two groups of three teams.The winners of each group advance to the final round to join Haiti, where they will be divided into two groups of three teams, with the top three teams qualifying for the final tournament as the CFU representatives.Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Guyana, and St Vincent and the Grenadines were automatically seeded in Groups A–E respectively as hosts of each first round group, while the remaining 14 teams were seeded based on the results of the previous two editions of the qualifying competition.last_img read more

first_img Sportradar: Football’s match fixers enter the betting early June 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Sports and betting are buddies that can’t do without each other thinks STATSCORE’s Jakub Myszkorowski. Yet have we got so used to the way they get on, that we’ve stopped trying to learn from one another? Myszkorowski explains how betting organisations can boost their own businesses by looking at how sports teams analyse their opponents, optimise performance and integrate new ideas.Analyse your opponentsTop football clubs have extraordinary technical teams packed with specialists. Amid physios, fitness coaches, diet leaders you can find also professionals solely responsible for analysing the opponents. All they do is focus on what makes your top rivals successful and what turns their wins into failures. This knowledge is today, arguably, the most valuable currency on the competitive market. The faster, deeper and better you can analyse what your opponents do, the more chance that you won’t copy their biggest mistakes. You can also hope to follow some of the successful paths too.Let’s think, honestly, if we replicate this in our line of work. As organisations so focused on our own growth, do we forget to focus on what makes our competitors… ‘lucky’ or ‘unlucky’? We should be open to this sort of market analysis rather than simply trying to be superior without an understanding of the competition.Optimise your performanceWhen you look at a top basketball or football team, it’s hard to miss how packed their agendas are throughout the season – often playing matches every few days. Playing games so frequently means that you need to plan well each day as you spend almost half of your time travelling. How and where to train? What to focus on? When to secure a proper rest? How to make the athletes’ bodies prepared to deliver their best each time?Professional sport is all about these things. Is your business too? Did you analyse if your website works well on every device and with any possible browser? Do your widgets upload fast enough in countries where fast internet on mobile is not always available? There are so many more questions like these that I could name here, but instead of wasting your time let’s leave it at this – take the time to consider how you can better optimise your own performance.And if you’re wondering how we did it at STATSCORE, where we care so much about the delivery of products for our partners, just reach out to learn more from our experiences.Yesterday’s paths will be useless tomorrowYou might not know that in my past life I used to be a football coach. To cut a long story short, people quickly realised that I wasn’t equipped to tell the Galácticos where they were going wrong.In any case, years ago I joined a second-tier club in my home country as an assistant coach. Our goal was clear – to get promoted. For some time, it seemed like we were on the right path. Then the winter interlude of the season came and we all kicked off for the preparation camps.Since the methods we used for the practices were… well… ‘different’, I asked the head coach what made him choose these drills. He was quite enthusiastic as he opened his old notebook telling me: ‘See – this is my complete routine from one of my former clubs were we won promotion. We will do the same here!’It was a concern for me to realise that we were just copy and pasting ‘ancient’ sporting practices. And guess what… we did not achieve the promotion we wanted. What a surprise.So before you keep on building your betting business in the same way you did it years ago, maybe it is time to analyse what is driving success today? Why is everyone going all mobile? Yes, we know you love your local kiosks but wouldn’t being available through every device and at all times of the day be better?The world of betting is changing. There are more and more new challengers that know their only chance is to be better tailored for the changing needs of the market. To remain superior to them, you do not need to give up on everything that has taken your company to the position you occupy today, but you need to be open to mixing evergreen practices with fresh ideas. Share Submit Related Articles Share STATSCORE chosen as the main sponsor for Futsal Ekstraklasa August 11, 2020 Spillemyndigheden reports decline in Q2 betting August 25, 2020last_img read more