Union Retirees Persuade Congresswoman to Co-Sponsor HR 676
HR 676 now has 77 co-sponsors in addition to Congressman John Conyers. Latest to add her name to the list of co-sponsors is California Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-16). Lofgren spoke May 16th at the annual Legislators BBQ sponsored by FORUM (Federation of Retired Union Members) in San Jose.
In her talk on the current health care reform debate, Lofgren asked the crowd, “How many support single payer?” Virtually everyone raised their hand. She then asked, “Who supports any of the alternative health reform plans?” No one raised a hand. Representative Lofgren then announced, “Okay, on Monday morning I’ll call John Conyers and put my name on his bill.” Congratulations to Fred Hirsch, Plumbers & Steamfitters, Local 393, and the eighty other union retirees at the meeting.
DULUTH CLC CALLS FOR AFL-CIO CONVENTION ENDORSEMENT OF HR 676
The Duluth Minnesota LABOR WORLD, one of the oldest continuously published labor newspapers in the country, reports on the action taken by the Duluth Central Labor Council to ask the AFL-CIO Pittsburgh Convention in September to endorse HR 676, single payer health care legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). The Troy Area Labor Council initiated this effort in a letter sent to all 491 central labor councils. The Troy Area Labor Council is also calling for the AFL-CIO Convention to initiate a march on Washington to make health care a human right.
Read the Duluth LABOR WORLD here: http://unionsforsinglepayerhr676.org/articles/2009-05-22/clc_calls_for_afl-cio_endorsement
RAY KENNY’S HR 676 LETTER PUBLISHED IN IBEW’S, THE ELECTRICAL WORKER
Ray Kenny, a member of IBEW Local 48 in Portland, Oregon, was instrumental in getting his local union to endorse HR 676. His letter in support of HR 676 appears in the May, 2009, issue of The Electrical Worker, official journal of the IBEW International union.
Read it here: http://unionsforsinglepayerhr676.org/articles
CNA MAKES VIDEO OF NURSES’ AND DOCTORS’ PROTEST
California Nurses Association (CNA/NNOC) has made a video of the nurses’ and doctors’ protest at the Senate Finance Committee “roundtable” May 12th where no single payer advocates were permitted to testify.