AFSCME's Michigan Council 25 Convention Endorses HR 676

Lansing, Michigan. The 16th Constitutional Convention of Michigan AFSCME Council 25 has gone on record in support of HR 676, single payer healthcare legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI).

Michigan Council 25 is a 90,000 strong statewide organization of public and healthcare employees and is the largest affiliate of the state AFL-CIO.

The resolution, which was submitted by the presidents of three locals and six other delegates, states, "…supporting the passage of HR 676 …(is) an important step toward a comprehensive non-profit national health care system."

The resolution also condemns a state bill, S.B 691, that would force all public employees to pay at least 15% of total health care insurance costs.

Michael Mulholland, Secretary-Treasurer of AFSCME Local 207 in Detroit, said after the vote, "Local 207's delegation was proud to sponsor this resolution in support of HR 676. Now is the time for a comprehensive solution to the crisis in U.S. health care. We need maximum pressure from the ground up. The various half-steps being floated now are at best insufficient, and at worse delaying tactics to avoid enacting the national health care system we all need."