Three local unions affiliated with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), AFL-CIO, have endorsed HR 676, single payer healthcare legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI).
In Phoenix, Bill Hennessy, Business Representative for IATSE Local 336, reports that the local is “sending a letter endorsing this bill (HR 676) to our senators and congressmen.”
In New York City, Valerie Gladstone , President of IATSE Local 798, Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists, and Daniel Dashman, Business Agent, report that on March 9th the membership “…unanimously voted to endorse HR 676…” and by doing so, the letter continued, “Local 798 is honored to join the hundreds of labor organizations and other groups who have already endorsed this bill. Local 798 by this action also joins those groups and organizations in their dedication to the principle that this great nation should have the finest affordable healthcare for all of its residents.”
Also in New York, IATSE Local 18032, Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers, has also endorsed HR 676. Nick Kaledin, ATPAM Secretary-Treasurer said: “The Board of Governors fully supports the campaign to pass HR 676…and sent an e-blast to the membership asking them to write their representatives.”