Local 369 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has endorsed HR 676, the national single payer health care legislation also called Expanded and Improved Medicare for All.
HR 676 was introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D. MI) and currently has 43 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives.
“Insurance is the biggest problem in America. Anything the unions can do to help with health and welfare would be a positive for all Americans not just unions,” said Charles Essex, Business Manager of IBEW Local 369 in response to why his local took this action.
IBEW Local 369 represents over 2,400 members across the state of Kentucky and six counties in Indiana.
In addition to inside and outside electricians, Local 369 represents many maintenance electricians, TV Broadcasting techs, manufacturing workers, communications techs and electricians for the city of Louisville and dozens of other employers. The bulk of the members and their families have health care coverage through union-negotiated multiemployer plans.