LABOR LIAISON – February 2017
Labor Needs Single Payer
The reality is that all multiemployer union plans are facing a crisis of sustainability, The basic health and prescription coverage has become a gigantic liability, using more resources and providing less care., we lose wages in order to maintain health care benefits.
The AFL -CIO Building and Construction Trades Department listed core reasons for National health care reform:
- Provide Universal coverage
- Distribute costs fairly
- Control cost and preserve benefits
- Improve quality and delivery of care
Single Payer is the health reform solution that does the above and provides the coverage long-term value of the multiemployer plans.
Labor must embrace this vision of healthcare as a right not a privilege, and its Historic mission to fight for social and economic justice for all working people.
LABOR LIAISON – NOVEMBER 2016
ELECTION IS OVER WHAT IS TO BE DONE
Now that the presidential election of 2016 is part of history, what should labor do?
…Build power and to organize in anti-union era. Both parties courted the working
class and divided us by nationality as well as documented and undocumented. Because organized union labor is down to 11.3% compared to 20.1% in 1983, it is my opinion that our power is limited. We need to step up our organizing and push what ever party is in power to support union check off, rather than pushing anti-union measures like “Right to Work” laws which prohibit agreements between employers and labor unions.
LABOR LIAISON – SEPTEMBER 2016
HISTORIC VIEW OF LABOR DAY
As we bid goodbye to summer and vacation, we in labor should reflect on the real history of American labor and the state of labor today. Let’s start by looking at the history of Labor Day, which was created by the labor movements in the late 19th century, during American labor most dismal period. In the late 1800’s at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, when the average American worked 12 Hour days and 7-day weeks, in order to have a basic living.
Very poor And recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working Conditions, with insufficient sanitary facilities and breaks. Labor unions grew more prominent and vocal. Strikes and rallies Were organized to protest these conditions. Many events turned violent Including the infamous Haymarket Riot in which several Chicago police- Men and workers were killed.