Non-Profit Hospitals Accountability Project

After extensive research into nonprofit hospitals in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas, the Nonprofit Accountability Project has released our findings and recommendations in a paper, “Charity for Whom?

On September 24, we went to hospitals in New Orleans (Ochsner), Little Rock (St. Vincent), and Houston (Methodist) to call attention to the lack of charity care given by these, and many other, large institutions in our communities.

Our research indicates that the non-profit tax exemption system enables hospitals to be non-profit in name only, thereby reaping the benefits of tax exemption without sharing these gains with low income families. We argue this is due to the vagueness of relevant laws and leniency of the IRS.

This paper is the product of cooperation between Local 100 United Labor Unions, the Labor Neighbor Research & Training Center (LNRTC), and ACORN International, plus our tireless team of volunteers.


Richard’s Disposal settles one dispute with New Orleans garbage workers; another roils on | July 2, 2020 | Anthony Mcauley

Richard’s Disposal, one of the three firms that collect residential garbage in New Orleans, has agreed to bonus payments and other concessions for the workers it contracts to pick up curbside trash, settling one of several labor issues that have recently disrupted garbage collection in the city amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Richard’s “hoppers” workers — so called because they hop on and off the back of the trucks as they empty bins — had demanded extra pay to reflect the additional hazards they face because of the disease outbreak, as well as the fact that fewer of their colleagues are willing to show up to work because of those risks.

David Graber, the union organizer at United Labor Unions Local 100, which has been representing the Richard’s hoppers, said the company agreed last week to start paying the workers an additional $22 hazard pay per shift, bringing their day rate to $125. It has also agreed to clock hoppers onto shifts when they’re picked up by the truck, rather than wait till they’re at the company’s yard, which can mean an hour or so extra per shift plus any weekly overtime rates, Graber said.

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