Monday, March 30, 2009

HR 676 gains 500th union endorser!

IAMAW Local Lodge 2339H in Houston, Texas, representing 5,000 flight attendants at Continental and Express Jet Airlines, is the 500th union organization to endorse HR 676.
Rosalie Canton, President of Local Lodge 2339H, said: "When our membership has to stop work for whatever reason, it is not uncommon to hear, 'Well, I will just have to risk not having health insurance for three months. I cannot afford to pay for COBRA.' The system must change so that your health insurance is not tied to your employer. It just doesn’t work anymore."

The local's Legislative Committee has met with Rep. Gene Green but has not yet
secured his agreement to join the 72 House members who are already co-sponsors of HR 676, in addition to the bill's author, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI).

HR 676 has been endorsed by 500 union organizations in 49 states including 123 Central Labor Councils and Area Labor Federations and 39 state AFL-CIO's.

For further information and a list of union endorsers, visit If your local or union would like to endorse HR 676, contact Kay Tillow, 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. Her email is

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