“The Eastern Panhandle Central Labor Council is proud to support HR 676,” said Ken Collinson, President. “We believe that health care is a right, not a privilege, and we do everything that we can to support single payer. We are close to DC so we go to rallies whenever they are called.”
The Eastern Panhandle CLC represents workers in the seven counties in eastern West Virginia and is headquartered in Martinsburg. Collinson is also the President of United Auto Workers Local 1590.
The Eastern Panhandle CLC is the 610th labor organization to endorse HR 676, Expanded and Improved Medicare for All, sponsored by Congressman John Conyers. At the end of January, Representative Gloria Negrete McLeod (CA-35) signed on to HR 676, bringing the total of cosponsors in the House, including Conyers, to 55.
“When people do not have health care, it is unimaginable. An injury to one is an injury to all—this is what we feel in our hearts,” said Collinson.
The labor council is taking further action to promote public support for single payer by joining with the Eastern Panhandle chapters of Physicians for a National Health Program and Healthcare-NOW! and the Jefferson County NAACP Branch, the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County, and Shepherd University Lifelong Learning Program to bring a one hour, one man play featuring actor Michael Milligan to six West Virginia cities.
The play is Mercy Killers and admission is free. The schedule is below:
Friday, March 28, 7:00 PM, Ice House, 138 Independence St. Berkeley Springs
Saturday, March 29, 1:30 PM, Fisherman’s Hall, 312 South West St. Charles Town
Sunday, March 30, 2:00 PM, Opera House, 131 W. German St. Shepherdstown
Monday, March 31, 7:00 PM, Calvary Church, 220 W. Burke St. Martinsburg
Tuesday, April 1, 7:00 PM, Baha’i Regional Center, 308 S. Buchannan St. Ranson
Wednesday, April 2, 12:30 PM, Erma Ora Byrd Nursing Hall Auditorium, Shepherd University Shepherdstown