Medicare for All Bill
CLCs to AFL-CIO: Act to Expand Social Security Financing & Pass Improved Medicare for All
Four central labor councils have passed an identical resolution calling upon the September AFL-CIO convention to organize an offensive campaign for expanding Social Security financing and passing improved "Medicare For All" legislation.
The resolution, which was initiated by the Troy Area Labor Council, has also been passed by the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council, the Greater Green Bay Central Labor Council and the Capital District Area Labor Federation in Albany, NY.
The resolution calls upon the AFL-CIO to organize a Solidarity Day march on Washington and on the West Coast "to demand an expansion of Medicare to cover everyone and to defend Social Security by removing the cap on income and tax all income in a similar fashion."
The resolution calls for taxing all income for the purpose of Social Security including dividends, interest, capital gains, and rental income as well as removing the cap on wages and salaries now set at $113,700. Currently, those who earn up to $113,700 pay 6.2% in Social Security taxes on every dollar. Those who earn over that amount do not pay taxes on their earnings above that level even if they make millions. Currently the income of the wealthy in dividends, interest, capital gains, etc. is not taxed at all for Social Security.
On Medicare the resolution calls for "implementing a single Payer Medicare for All system as outlined in HR 676," Congressman John Conyers' single payer legislation which has 42 House co-sponsors. The legislation would cover everyone for all medically necessary care without co-pays, deductibles or premiums. The removal of the private health insurance industry would bring costs under control while expanding care.
In Minnesota, the Machinists' State Retirees' Council (IAM) is sending the resolution to all central labor councils in that state. In Pittsburgh, the president of a steelworkers local (USW) is submitting it to the Allegheny County Labor Council.
The AFL-CIO convention opens September 8th in Los Angeles, CA. Central Labor Councils, Area Labor Federations, and State AFL-CIO Federations as well as international unions may submit resolutions. Resolutions can be sent to Elizabeth Shuler, Sec.-Treas. AFL-CIO, 815 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20006.
The resolutions can be found here:
Text of resolution: