Washington, DC. The Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) became the 19th international union to endorse HR 676 after its Executive Board voted October 7th to endorse HR 676, single payer healthcare legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). The UWUA represents over 50,000 members working in the electric, gas, water, and nuclear industries across the United States.
Gary Ruffner, UWUA Secretary Treasurer, said after the unanimous vote: “Single payer is the only way to consolidate administrative costs so that it cuts the cost of healthcare.”
International/national unions that have endorsed HR 676 are USW, UAW, NEA, ILWU, NALC, IAM, UA (Plumbers & Pipefitters), AFM (Musicians), UE, CNA/NNOC, SMWIA, IFPTE, OPEIU, UTU, SEIU, AFT, AFSCME, CSEA (California School Employees Association), and UWUA.