Labor Campaign For Single Payer
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Medicare for All: Is Your Union On Board?

Nineteen unions representing nearly 10 million workers have stepped up to endorse HR 1384 The Medicare for All of of 2019This means that a majority of union members are now represented by unions that support Medicare for All.

What has caused this sea change? Unions have come to the conclusion that the time has come to take healthcare off the bargaining table by making it a right for everyone in America.Washington State Labor Council President Larry Brown laid it out in a recent Op Ed: “(H)ealth care has become the biggest cause of strikes, lockouts and concession bargaining. Health care costs drive wage stagnation as unions routinely trade off wage increases and other benefits in order to maintain basic health care for their members and retirees. Unscrupulous non-union employers gain an unfair competitive advantage over worker-friendly businesses by shortchanging their own employees’ health care benefits…Unions do not serve their members well by trying to circle the wagons around an unsustainable model of employment-based health care.”

The Labor Campaign for Single Payer believes that unions must lead the fight for healthcare justice by committing organizational resources and mobilizing political support for Medicare for All. A majority of the labor movement agrees with us. Is your union on the list?

HR 1384 Endorsers

  • Amalgamated Transit Union
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • American Federation of Government Employees
  • American Postal Workers Union
  • Association of Flight Attendants
  • Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes/IBT
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
  • International Association of Machinists
  • International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union
  • Massachusetts Nurses Association
  • National Education Association
  • National Nurses United
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • NY State Nurses Association
  • PA Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals
  • Service Employees International Union
  • United Automobile Workers
  • United Electrical Workers
  • United Mine Workers of America
  • Utility Workers Union of America

Contact us at organizers@laborforsinglepayer.org for suggestions on how to get your union involved in this historic fight.

 

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