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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 


Former VP Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.


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California Sen. Kamala Harris will be on the ticket with Joe Biden in November. Four states had primaries yesterday, and two had runoffs. Georgia and Wisconsin appear to have improved since last time.

Strike Looms for Long Island Home Care Workers

August 8, 2007

Hundreds of Long Island patients could be without caretakers come Monday as home care workers take the next step in their efforts to get a contract with a major service provider. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has sought a formal contract with Premier Home Health Care Services for over a year. The company is a multi-state provider for hospices and patients with Alzheimer's, diabetes, stroke, and mental disorders. Helen Shaub with Local 1199 of the SEIU explains what the employees want.

"They're primarily looking for an increase in wages as well as health insurance, which they do not have, they don't have any employer-paid sick days, and they have no employer-paid holidays."

SEIU workers picketed Premiere's offices in Hempstead and Lake Ronkonkoma earlier this week, but company officials refused to meet the protesters. Another SEIU strike threat against Premier was narrowly averted three years ago when both sides agreed to last-minute binding arbitration. But as yet, there's no such agreement on Long Island.

Jeanie O'Sullivan with Premiere is bracing for Monday's strike.

"We are assuming that there will be a strike on the 13th. We have told 1199 that we are prepared to come to the table and discuss the issues. The federal mediator can call a meeting at any time."

Vanessa Crilly with Long Island Jobs With Justice says the status of union workers without employment contracts is part of a national labor problem.

"We've seen this pattern before: unionized workers working without a contract, having management ignore their rights. It's a common issue and a sad one, since these are the very people that take care of our sick family member or friends."

Premiere operates in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida and Ohio.

Robert Knight/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - NY