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.”