Posted on January 16, 2013 by dsalaborblogmoderator
National Labor Strategy Conference Sees “Single Payer” Solution as Best Way to Control Costs and Improve Quality of Care
Karen Lewis, President Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago, IL – More than two hundred union leaders and activists gathered in Chicago January 11-13 for the Labor Campaign for Single Payer Health Care’s fourth national conference to strategize about next steps for labor in the movement to win universal health care. With government officials from both major parties contemplating cuts in Medicare as part of a “grand bargain,” delegates resolved to stand up to any cuts in this cornerstone social insurance program.
Conferees were welcomed and inspired by Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, who shared lessons of her union’s recent successful strike. Lewis drew important parallels between the struggles for quality public education and quality universal health care.
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Posted on March 12, 2011 by dcampbell1
by Duane Campbell
The nation and the states continue to suffer from the Great Recession and working people remain in crisis. The crisis was caused by the greed and avarice of the financial class and aided by the politicians of both major political parties. The major banks and corporations looted the economy creating an international meltdown. Now, they have been rewarded with bail out money and have returned to high profits. The crisis was not caused by students, teachers, public employees nor recipients of social security. The continuing economic decline has had a devastating impact on state budgets in at least 42 states. Revenues have continued to plunge and legislatures have been forced to make a series of deep cuts to virtually all of the state’s programs, health care, police protection, education and university systems.
The national unemployment rate edged down in February to 8.9 %, but remained high in many states and regions. In California it is over 12.5%. According to the Labor Center at U.C. Berkeley, the Black unemployment rate is 15.3 % and the Latino unemployment rate hovers around 11.6% in February. These sustained high levels of unemployment and long term unemployment are devastating to families.
The corporate class is using the state budget crises to assault union workers in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, Colorado among others. They do not need this assault in Texas, Arizona, Utah, Virginia, and much of the South where public workers are already restricted from bargaining.
Filed under: Book Reviews, Economy, Labor History, Politics | Tagged: Barack Obama, Economic Policy Institute, Employee Free Choice Act, Great Depression, Great Recession, Obama Administration, Single-payer health care, United State | 5 Comments »
Posted on December 13, 2009 by dsalaborblogmoderator
by Matt Schlobohm and Charlie Urquhart
On Friday October 23, 2009 the delegates at the Maine AFL-CIO’s 27th Biennial Convention unanimously passed a resolution calling on the AFL-CIO to convene, after the current healthcare reform process in Congress concludes, a democratic strategic planning process to develop a long term strategy to win Single Payer national health insurance.
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Posted on September 15, 2009 by paulgarver
by Paul Garver
More than a thousand supporters of single-payer healthcare rallied at the AFL-CIO Convention in Pittsburgh, and marched along with filmmaker Michael Moore to promote the single-payer cause and attend the American premiere of Michael’s new film CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY.
Pittsburgh media reported 1400 marchers in all. About half of these were AFL-CIO Convention delegates and guests, and the other half local Pittsuburgh activists. Sponsoring unions included among others the Steelworkers (USWA), the California Nurses’ Association (CNA/NNOC), the ILWU, IFPTE and Calif. School Employees Association (CSEA). The large turnout from the Convention guarantees the passage of the resolution supporting Single-Payer as a long-term goal for the AFL-CIO (while the resolution supporting the incremental Obama position will pass as well!).
Now to the film. The first message: GO SEE THE FILM WHEN IT OPENS ON OCTOBER 2 ACROSS THE COUNTRY. OR IF YOU ARE UNEMPLOYED YOU MAY BE ABLE TO SEE THE FILM AN EVENING EARLIER WHEN IT OPENS IN SEVERAL HARD-HIT AMERICAN CITIES.
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Posted on August 19, 2009 by dcampbell1
Pass HR 676! Make health care a human right!
Workers, our families and our unions are waging a difficult struggle to win or to keep good health care coverage.
There is a better way. Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) has introduced HR 676, national single payer legislation.
The single-payer financing in HR 676 saves the money to improve coverage for all of us as we expand care to those who have been left out. The bill restores free choice of physicians to patients.
HR 676 would cover every person in the U. S. for all necessary medical care including prescription drugs and dental. Continue reading
Filed under: Health Care, Politics, Solidarity, Uncategorized | Tagged: Health Care, John Conyers, Single-payer health care | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 17, 2009 by dcampbell1
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. August 16, 2009.
In a speech to the annual
Netroots Nation Convention, Trumka, AFL-CIO current Secretary-Treasurer,
said, “My preference, and the feeling of many in the labor movement, is
that we should have a single payer health care system.” He urged grass roots activism to pass a health reform bill.
is the largest assembly of progressive bloggers and web
journalists. Trumka will return to Pittsburgh in mid September for the AFL-CIO
Convention where he is expected to be elected President. Trumka’s remarks can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnNolT275Yw
The convention will be covered on Talking Union.
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Posted on August 12, 2009 by dsalaborblogmoderator
Unions for Single Payer
From South Carolina to Alaska and California to Vermont over 40 labor organizations have sent in resolutions calling on the AFL-CIO Convention to endorse HR 676, single payer healthcare legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI).
The AFL-CIO convention will meet in Pittsburgh September 13-17th. The deadline for resolutions to be received is August 14.
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Posted on July 21, 2009 by dsalaborblogmoderator
July 30 marks Medicare’s 44th Birthday.
Activists from more than a dozen cities are sending busloads to Washington, DC, to celebrate the occasion and to show Congress and President Obama the strong support for a national, single payer healthcare system. People will visit their Congresspersons to urge them to sign on to HR 676 in the House and S 703 in the Senate, then come together for a rally at 1:00 pm.
Rally for Expanded and Improved Medicare for All, HR 676 Thursday, July 30, 1:00 pm, Upper Senate Park (between Constitution Ave, New Jersey Ave, and Delaware Ave)
Democratic Socialists of America has endorsed the lobby day and rally
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Posted on July 8, 2009 by dsalaborblogmoderator
“I think we should fight for single-payer health care, fight for a principled position.” That was the statement made today by Leo Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers (USW), in an exclusive interview with The Real News Network. Gerard made the statement in the context of discussing the healthcare reform effort currently underway in Washington.
Born and raised in Canada, where his adult children still live, Gerard is in a unique position to comment on the healthcare struggle now going on in the U.S. The interview was conducted in Gerard’s office at USW headquarters in Pittsburgh.
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Posted on June 17, 2009 by dsalaborblogmoderator
Unions for Single Payer HR 676
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Since May 20 seven more US Representatives have signed on to HR 676, national single payer health care sponsored by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), bringing the total, including Conyers, to 83. The full list is here: Click on 111th Congress.
Congressman Conyers was able to get the first official single payer congressional hearing in decades. It took place in a House subcommittee on June 10, 2009. The witnesses included Congressman Conyers, Chair of the Judiciary Committee and chief sponsor of HR 676; Marcia Angell MD, former Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine; Walter Tsou MD, National Board Advisor of PNHP; and Geri Jenkins, Co-President of the CNA/NNOC, plus David Gratzer of The Manhattan Institute who testified against single payer.
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