Teamster Printing Local Endorses HR 676

The Executive Board of Local 767M, Graphic Communications Conference/IBT, has endorsed HR 676, single payer healthcare legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). The 900 member local union represents workers in the printing industries of Washington and Oregon.

Executive Board member John Walsh, who was instrumental in bringing the resolution forward, said after the vote: "The runaway cost of healthcare erodes our wages and is a sticking point in contract negotiations. People without coverage suffer from preventable illnesses and face bankruptcy. Americans need effective, fair, affordable healthcare, and we cannot achieve that as long as profit takes priority over people. As our national experience with Medicare has shown, single payer is the best way to make the system effective and fair, and removing profiteering is crucial to controlling cost. For these reasons, we have endorsed single payer as the best concept and HR 676 as the best legislation."