The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, representing over 800,000 union workers and their families, has endorsed HR 676, single payer healthcare legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). This is the 99th central labor council to endorse the Conyers legislation.
The resolution supporting HR 676 was introduced by Joshua Pechthalt, President of AFT Local 1021, United Teachers of Los Angeles. Pechthalt is also a vice president of the LA County Federation.
Pechthalt said: “The struggle to win and maintain quality health care is something our members deal with every time they sit down and negotiate a contract. We are committed to achieving guaranteed, comprehensive health care reform for all. The current system that has insurance companies skimming off exorbitant profits rates while millions of Americans either have inadequate or no health care coverage must be stopped.”