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Employee Free Choice Act Rally in Pittsburgh Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 10 AM

Posted by randyshannon on May 30, 2009

PA AFL-CIO Working Families Network Call for Rally for Employee Free Choice Act

Speakers: Fred Redmond, Int’l. Vice President USW
William George, President PA AFL-CIO
Eileen Connelly, Executive Director SEIU PA StateCouncil

Please join us for a Rally in Support of the Employee Free Choice Act! On June 6th the Pennsylvania State Democratic Committee is meeting in Pittsburgh, and Senator Specter will be attending for the first time as a Democrat.

Many of our Democratic representatives have already taken strong stands for working families this year. But there is one more thing we need them, including Senator Specter to do: Pass the Employee Free Choice Act.

The Employee Free Choice Act will let workers form a union without harassment or intimidation; hold CEO’s and executives accountable when they break the law; and help workers and employers reach a fair first contract in a reasonable amount of time using mediation and arbitration.

When workers have a voice at work through a union, they are able to bargain for better wages and benefits, including affordable health care and secure retirements. Giving workers the free choice to form a union will help grow our economy from the bottom up and rebuild our middle class.

Come show your support! It’s important that our representatives in Washington see just how important this legislation is to Organized Labor. Lets build the crowd!

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PDA National Chair Tim Carpenter appears on Fox News: makes the case for single-payer healthcare

Posted by randyshannon on May 29, 2009

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Pittsburgh Rally for Single Payer Healthcare May 29th

Posted by randyshannon on May 27, 2009

NATIONAL DAYS OF ACTION

HEALTHCARE–YES!

INSURANCE COMPANIES–NO!

 

 PLEASE JOIN US IN PITTSBURGH  FRI, MAY 29
SINGLE-PAYER RALLIES

 

11:30 am – 12:15 pm:  Rally in front of Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield headquarters, corner of Liberty and Fifth Aves., downtown
12:15 pm – 12:30 pm:  Group Walk to UPMC headquarters, Grant St., downtown
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm:  Rally in front of UPMC headquarters, Grant St.

 

Pittsburgh is joining close to 50 other cities across the country this week and next to speak out for single-payer healthcare.  A majority of Americans want single-payer; a majority of physicians want single-payer.  The only think missing is the political will in Washington for sane and humane healthcare reform.

 

WE NEED OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE, NOT THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY

PUT PATIENTS FIRST:   
Support H.R. 676 The National Health Care Act, aka “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All” and S.703 American Health Security Act

sponsored by WPA Coalition for Single Payer Healthcare

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Update on 2010 Pennsylvania Race for Arlen Specter’s US Senate Seat

Posted by randyshannon on May 25, 2009

Cong. Joe Sestak

Cong. Joe Sestak

by Randy Shannon
 
Only two years ago Pennsylvania voters gave Bob Casey a victory over the Republican ultra-right darling Rick Santorum in the U.S. Senate contest, and sent several Republican Congressmen packing.

The 2008 election results in Pennsylvania saw a stronger shift of the electorate to the left across the whole political spectrum.  In 2008 first-term Democratic Congressmen like Joe Sestak and Jason Altmire strengthened their positions while Kathy Dahlkemper defeated 3rd CD Republican Phil English to gain another Democratic seat in Congress for Pennsylvania.

Barack Obama won Pennsylvania with the help of central rural counties in Pennsylvania shifting to the Democratic column for the first time in decades while the suburban counties around Philadelphia accelerated their shift to the Democratic column. Even though the rust belt along the Ohio River lost Democratic votes, the margin was small. Beaver and surrounding counties voted about 48% for Democrat Barack Obama.

Perhaps more importantly for the 2010 race for U.S. Senator, over 22,000 Pennsylvania Republicans changed their registration to Democrat.

The upshot of these developments is the uneasy alliance between the Heinz-Hillman financial oligarchy and the far-right Mellon-Scaife group has collapsed. The Hillman strategy has been to control Pennsylvania politics by funding conservatives in the Democratic Party primaries and centrists in the Republican primaries. Sen. Arlen Specter has been one of their best investments. He has been able to maneuver for 16 years to prevent labor and progressive forces from gaining a political voice in Washington.

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Far From Over! Join June 6 EFCA Rally!

Posted by carldavidson on May 24, 2009

To download a pdf file of this flyer for printing, click this line

June6_EmployeeFreeChoice

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USW – Steelworkers District 2 Endorses HR 676 – National Healthcare Act

Posted by randyshannon on May 23, 2009

Menasha, Wisconsin. 

The United Steelworkers District 2 Council has endorsed HR 676, single payer healthcare legislation introduced by
Congressman John Conyers (D-MI).

One of thirteen districts in the USW, District 2 represents 75,000 union members in Michigan and Wisconsin.

A copy of the adopted resolution has been posted on the district’s website at:

 http://legacy.usw.org/uswa/program/content/895.php

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Indiana IBEW Local Endorses HR 676 – US National Healthcare Act

Posted by randyshannon on May 14, 2009

Terre Haute, Indiana.   IBEW Local 725 has endorsed HR 676, single payer healthcare legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI).  Local 725 is a construction local with jurisdiction in nine Indiana and six Illinois counties.

R. Todd Thacker, Local 725 Business Manager, said:  “Health care coverage continues to be a critical issue, either in finding coverage or dealing
with ever increasing costs.  Health care needs to be addressed to help the millions of American families who are uninsured and underinsured.  The best way to solve the problem is to pass singe-payer health care coverage that would finally put us on the same level playing field with the rest of the world’s industrialized countries.”

Tom Szymanski, Organizer and Business Representative for the local, said in a press release:  “Health care coverage and cost increases are always a fight at negotiations.  Health care needs to be addressed as a Human Right, not as a privileged right, and must have the profit-motive removed
to be effective in providing coverage for all American families.”

The Local 725 resolution can be found at:  http://www.ibew725.org/

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Public Meeting on Healthcare with Cong. Altmire 9:15am May 9th in Cranberry

Posted by carldavidson on May 4, 2009

SEND A MESSAGE TO CONGRESSMAN ALTMIRE (D-4th)

HEALTH CARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT,
NOT JUST ANOTHER
‘INSURANCE PRODUCT’
TO BE SOLD FOR PROFIT!

Saturday May 9, 2009
Cranberry Twp. Municipal Building
2525 Rochester Road
9:15 AM

o    Insurance companies like AARP do not cure the sick, care for patients, or cure disease.
o    Giving taxpayer dollars to insurance companies is not healthcare reform
o    We want healthcare not health insurance
o    Health care insurance premiums are out of control, rising 100% since 2000 and projected to consume all of the average household income by 2025!
o    Private insurance offers less choice. 95% of HMO/PPO metro markets in the USA are near monopolies.  UPMC and Highmark are dominant in our area!

PUBLIC OPINION POLLS SHOW STRONG SUPPORT FOR A UNIVERSAL NOT FOR PROFIT SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM

WHY DOES JASON ALTMIRE REFUSE TO LET HR 676, THE U.S. HEALTH CARE ACT, THE SINGLE PAYER SOLUTION BE DEBATED AS A HEALTHCARE OPTION?

WHO DOES JASON ALTMIRE REPRESENT?

INSURANCE/FINANCE COMPANIES OR THE PEOPLE?

For more information
W.PA. Coalition for Single Payer HealthCare
http://www.wpasinglepayer.org
412-826-1270

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NY Labor Council Urges AFL-CIO Convention to Endorse HR 676

Posted by randyshannon on May 4, 2009

The Troy Area Labor Council has submitted a resolution to the AFL-CIO September Convention, calling for the AFL-CIO to endorse HR 676, and to lobby against  “any fallback program of mandated insurance or public option plans which include the wasteful for-profit insurance industry.”

The Troy Council’s resolution also asks that  “the AFL-CIO help organize and financially support a ‘Healthcare is a Human Right’ Solidarity March
and Rally in Washington, DC.”

The upstate New York labor council has sent copies of its resolution to all 491 Central labor Councils and Area labor federations requesting  “that your Labor Council join with us in submitting this or a similar resolution to this year’s AFL-CIO Convention.”

In the letter, sent to all 491Labor Councils, Mike Keenan, President of the Troy Council, said: “While the discussion of health care reform goes
on in the White House and in the Congress, unfortunately, what we are hearing from the media are mostly the voices of the insurance industry and pharmaceutical lobbies; and misguided politicians who think that the healthcare crisis can be solved by either taxing healthcare benefits or
mandating that we purchase health insurance.”

The AFL-CIO Convention will meet September 14-17th in Pittsburgh, PA.  Labor Councils are entitled to vote in the convention.   One hundred and twenty-seven Labor Councils have endorsed HR 676, single payer healthcare legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) and 75 co-sponsors.

The Troy Council’s letter  is at:    http://www.pefencon.info/HR676/TALC_Cover_Letter.pdf

The Troy resolution is at:    http://www.pefencon.info/HR676/Resolution.htm

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Sen. Arlen Specter’s Employee Free Choice Propaganda

Posted by randyshannon on May 2, 2009

PA Workers Deliver EFCA Petitions to Sen. Specter

PA Workers Deliver EFCA Petitions to Sen. Specter

by Randy Shannon

 In an April 28th statement on Sen. Arlen Specter’s decision to run for office as a Democrat, the AFL-CIO said: “We look forward to continuing an open and honest debate with Senator Specter about the issues that are important to Pennsylvania and America.” http://tinyurl.com/c4cdqo  This is a commendable position given the fact that Specter himself is not conducting an honest debate on the Employee Free Choice Act. Specter is a servant of the Mellon and Hillman financial elite of Pennsylvania, regardless of political label. His switch reflects the loss of the Republican Party in Pennsylvania to the far-right Scaife money.

In an April 5th email Sen. Specter made the following statement: “There has been a mixed reaction to my announcement that I will not support legislation known as the Employee Free Choice Act, also referred to as Card Check, because I simply could not go along with legislation which would remove the secret ballot. The secret ballot is very fundamental in our democratic process so people can exercise their free will without coercion from either side.”

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