AFL-CIO endorses Medicare for All
On October 19, 2022, we hosted a town hall — video linked above — featuring dynamic labor leaders from across the country: "It's a Workers' Issue! Abortion Access and the Right to Healthcare." The full range of reproductive healthcare services is a fundamental human right and a core union value. As long as what kind of healthcare working people receive is dependent on what kind of health insurance employers provide, these rights will be in jeopardy. Our fight for Medicare for All is a fight to secure these rights for everyone in America.
This toolkit provides such resources as successful union resolutions shared by the panelists, a bargaining guide prepared by NewsGuild-CWA, information on steps you can take within your union, a special edition of our Labor Healthcare News collecting the many relevant headlines and resources from earlier in the year, and a brief slide presentation with an explainer on the many benefits of single-payer healthcare.
In 1990, the Federal Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a new rule to require private sector employers to list the cost of future retirement healthcare as a liability on their financial statements. In 2008, these requirements were extended to the public sector by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). These rules have led to devastating attacks on retiree health and welfare benefits and have placed additional strain on public sector budgets. This toolkit will explain the impact of these standards; you will learn how to find this liability in public documents and use it to build support for single payer in your state.