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6/17 – Sat Night Live w/PhillyLabor Radio Featuring Plumbers Local 690 Business Manager, John Kane, Philadelphia Deputy Mayor For Labor, Rich Lazer and Atty. Sam Pond

6/17 – Tonight At 7pm On TALK RADIO 1210 WPHT, Saturday Night Live w/PhillyLabor Radio Features Plumbers Local 690 Business Manager, John Kane, Philadelphia Deputy Mayor For Labor, Rich Lazer and Atty. Sam Pond

Produced by Jakib Media, Sponsored By Weinerman Pain and Wellness

Listen online at: https://beta.tunein.com/radio/Talk-Radio-1210-WPHT-s21950/

What is House Bill 18? (And why is it devastating to workers?)

By the PA. AFL-CIO

– House Bill 18 is sponsored by Representative Ryan Mackenzie (R-134) and institutes a drug “formulary” for injured workers in the workers’ compensation system.  This means that injured workers would only have access to a limited set of prescription medications and treatments when receiving workers’ compensation.  The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO opposes House Bill 18 because it limits injured workers’ right to healthcare and treatment.

Workers compensation laws guarantee that if you are hurt on the job, you will receive payment for lost wages and medical expenses.  Already Pennsylvania workers receiving workers’ compensation need to see a healthcare professional of their employer’s insurance company’s approval for 90 days before they can choose treatment by their own doctor.  Under House Bill 18, even after the initial 90 days, injured workers would only be allowed to receive pre-approved treatments from the drug formulary.  This would prevent doctors from making decisions based on the best interest of their patients and tie them to an unaccountable drug “formulary”.  House Bill 18 is an unnecessary government intrusion into the relationship between patients and their doctor. 

Rep. Mackenzie says that this bill is a solution to the opioid epidemic, however, the word “opioid” does not appear even once in the bill.  This bill would limit the entire range of medications available to injured workers solely because they were injured on the job.  This bill is not about solving the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania, House Bill 18 is just another step in dismantling injured workers’ rights.  

Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth understand that our communities are facing an epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction.  Threatening the healthcare of injured workers is not a solution to this problem.  For real information on opioid addiction, visit the Department of Human Services’ Centers of Excellence, call their opioid abuse hotline at 1-800-662-4357, or learn more about the other resources and tools available to you and your community. 

Injured Workers Deserve Healthcare, not a Drug Formulary.  Don’t be fooled by House Bill 18.

Source – http://www.paaflcio.org/?p=7613

6/10 Sat Night Live w/PhillyLabor Radio Featuring PA. A.G. Josh Shapiro and Councilwoman Cherelle Parker

6/10 – Tonight At 7pm On TALK RADIO 1210 WPHT, Saturday Night Live w/PhillyLabor Radio w/New Host Laborer’s District Council, Business Manager, Ryan Boyer, Joe Doc Jr. and Joe Krause Welcome Guests: Pa. Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, Councilwoman Cherelle Parker and American Flag Advocate, Jim Jenkins.

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Listen online at: https://beta.tunein.com/radio/Talk-Radio-1210-WPHT-s21950/

Johnny Doc reelected to lead Building Trades

– John  Dougherty, leader of the politically-connected electricians union, was reelected Wednesday to a four-year term as head the Philadelphia Building Trades Council, an association of unions involved in construction. There had been some rumblings that his leadership would be challenged, but no challenge materialized. Dougherty, who holds the title of business manager of the Council, was reelected by acclamation.

Also reelected was his entire slate, which included Wayne Miller, president of the Building Trades Council, and Patrick Eiding, secretary-treasurer of the Council. All three men have other jobs — Dougherty, sometimes known as “Johnny Doc,” is business manager of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; Miller is business manager of Local 692 of Sprinkler Fitters union, and Eiding leads the Philadelphia AFL-CIO.

Dougherty took over the leadership of the council on Dec. 1, 2015, after Patrick Gillespie, the council’s former leader, announced his retirement and shepherded Dougherty into the top spot. His supporters credit Dougherty with creating a hassle-free labor situation at the Democratic National Convention last summer and with raising the profile of the city’s construction workers.

Source – http://www.philly.com/philly/business/labor_and_unions/johnny-doc-re-elected-to-lead-building-trades-20170607.html

Happy Memorial Day 2017 In Memory of Those Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice

– On this Memorial Day 2017, as we gather to celebrate the start of the summer season with family and friends, let us always remember the reason why we are celebrating and pay homage to those members of our U.S. Armed Forces who gave all so that we may experience the freedoms that we enjoy everyday as Americans.

Let us also remember those military families who have watched their loved ones go off to war only to never return and let them know that their loss is also our loss and they too will never be forgotten!

It Is Our Duty To Remember!

In Solidarity!

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