Central Labor Councils Pass “Resolution for Action in Defense of Social Security and Medicare”

Medicare_for_allCentral Labor Councils to AFL-CIO:

Act to Expand Social Security Financing & Pass Improved Medicare for All

Four central labor councils have passed an identical resolution calling
upon the September AFL-CIO convention to organize an offensive campaign
for expanding Social Security financing and passing improved “Medicare For
All” legislation.

The resolution, which was initiated by the Troy Area Labor Council, has
also been passed by the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council, the
Greater Green Bay Central Labor Council and the Capital District Area
Labor Federation in Albany, NY.

The resolution calls upon the AFL-CIO to organize a Solidarity Day march
on Washington and on the West Coast “to demand an expansion of Medicare to
cover everyone and to defend Social Security by removing the cap on income
and tax all income in a similar fashion.”

The resolution calls for taxing all income for the purpose of Social
Security including dividends, interest, capital gains, and rental income
as well as removing the cap on wages and salaries now set at $113,700.
Currently, those who earn up to $113,700 pay 6.2% in Social Security taxes
on every dollar.  Those who earn over that amount do not pay taxes on
their earnings above that level even if they make millions.  Currently the
income of the wealthy in dividends, interest, capital gains, etc. is not
taxed at all for Social Security.

On Medicare the resolution calls for “implementing a single Payer Medicare
for All system as outlined in HR 676,” Congressman John Conyers’ single
payer legislation which has 42 House co-sponsors.  The legislation would
cover everyone for all medically necessary care without co-pays,
deductibles or premiums.  The removal of the private health insurance
industry would bring costs under control while expanding care.

In Minnesota, the Machinists’ State Retirees’ Council (IAM) is sending the
resolution to all central labor councils in that state.  In Pittsburgh,
the president of a steelworkers local (USW) is submitting it to the
Allegheny County Labor Council.

The AFL-CIO convention opens September 8th in Los Angeles, CA.  Central
Labor Councils, Area Labor Federations, and State AFL-CIO Federations as
well as international unions may submit resolutions. Resolutions can be
sent to Elizabeth Shuler, Sec.-Treas. AFL-CIO, 815 16th St. NW,
Washington, DC 20006.   #30#

The resolutions can be found here:


Read rest of story for Text of Resolution.

Text of resolution:

Resolution for Action in Defense of Social Security and Medicare

Whereas: Both Social Security and Medicare are hard fought fundamental
gains for  all working people.

And Whereas: Cutting Social Security and Medicare benefits would mean
destitution for millions of workers and their families.

And Whereas: The social insurance Social Security and Medicare provide is
now under sustained attack by Wall Street interests which seek to direct
these funds into private hands for private profit.

And Whereas: Removing the cap on income taxed for Social Security would
both solve any financial issues the fund might have and end the unfair
advantage of those making over the current capped level.

And Whereas: Implementing a Single Payer Medicare for All system as
outlined in HR 676 would both cover everyone and save billions of dollars
over the current private health insurance industry.

Therefore: The Troy Area Labor Council AFL-CIO urges that the AFL-CIO,
within this calendar year, organize a Solidarity Day of Action in
Washington and on the West Coast which calls all affiliates and labor
allies to mobilize their members to demand an expansion of Medicare to
cover everyone and to defend Social Security by removing the cap on income
and tax all income in a similar fashion.

Distributed by:

All Unions Committee for Single Payer Health Care–HR 676
c/o Nurses Professional Organization (NPO)
1169 Eastern Parkway, Suite 2218
Louisville, KY 40217
(502) 636 1551

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