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Chicago Jobs with Justice Endorses HR 676.
The Chicago Chapter of Jobs with Justice has endorsed HR 676, national single payer legislation sponsored by Congressman John Conyers of Michigan. HR 676 is also called “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All.”
Susan Hurley, Executive Director of Chicago Jobs with Justice, commented on the resolution, "Single payer health care has to be our ultimate goal in the United States. It is the only humane and civilized choice, as well as being the best choice for health outcomes and cost.”
“The longer the delay, the deeper our shame in the eyes of the world and future generations," Hurley stated.
The resolution notes that an estimated 31 million Americans will remain uninsured in 2023 and that underinsurance is growing as many patients are forced into insurance plans with high-deductibles (> $1,000) and narrow networks of providers.
Chicago Jobs with Justice, a broad coalition of scores of unions and other organizations including the Chicago Federation of Labor, is dedicated to promoting workers’ rights and social and economic justice.
HR 676 would institute a single payer health care system by expanding a greatly improved Medicare to everyone residing in the U. S. Patients will choose their own physicians and hospitals.
HR 676 would cover every person for all necessary medical care including prescription drugs, hospital, surgical, outpatient services, primary and preventive care, emergency services, dental (including oral surgery, periodontics, endodontics), mental health, home health, physical therapy, rehabilitation (including for substance abuse), vision care and correction, hearing services including hearing aids, chiropractic, durable medical equipment, palliative care, podiatric care, and long term care.
HR 676 ends deductibles and co-payments. HR 676 would save hundreds of billions annually by eliminating the high overhead and profits of the private health insurance industry and HMOs.
In the current Congress, HR 676 has 58 co-sponsors in addition to Congressman Conyers.
HR 676 has been endorsed by 614 union organizations including 147 Central Labor Councils/Area Labor Federations and 44 state AFL-CIO's (KY, PA, CT, OH, DE, ND, WA, SC, WY, VT, FL, WI, WV, SD, NC, MO, MN, ME, AR, MD-DC, TX, IA, AZ, TN, OR, GA, OK, KS, CO, IN, AL, CA, AK, MI, MT, NE, NJ, NY, NV, MA, RI, NH, ID & NM).
For further information, a list of union endorsers, or a sample endorsement resolution, 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
INJURY STATISTIC'S On average one UPS employee is killed on the job each month... Over 60,000 UPS employees are injured on the job annually Thousands of injuries go unreported due to threats and intimidation from UPS management According to the National Academy of Science: The national injury rate is 8 injuries per 100 employees, or 8:100 UPS’s injury rate is 15:100 employees Into the 90’s UPS was the highest fined company by OSHA with over 1300 citations, 1/3 of those were “serious” in nature In 1994 in order to avoid a contempt ruling in Federal court UPS was fined $3 million for their repeated failure to comply with the Government mandated Hazardous Material Spill Program According to a Cornell University study-Former UPS workers missed an average of 275 workdays A PIECE due to injuries sustained at UPS UPS pays out over $1 million A DAY in worker compensation claims OSHA receives more complaints from workers at UPS than from any other company UPS has an occupational injury rate 3 times that of the transportation industry UPS has one of the worst HAZMAT violation records in the industry Young, new workers are becoming disabled for life at an alarming rate from injuries received while at UPS UPS drivers lead the industry in alcohol and substance abuse associated with stress at UPS UPS drivers rank in the top 9% of most stressed adults in the nation 1.8 million worker suffer workplace injuries, 600,000 of those injuries are “ergonomic related” such as repetitive motion, and carpal tunnel syndrome Between 1972 and 1996 UPS spent over $4.6 million for fines levied against them 85% of the injuries at UPS are “ergonomic” in nature UPS raised the weight limit of its packages from 50lbs to 150lbs, which injury rates increased as well The average value of a UPS workers life is $5,000 In Chicago a brand new employee (described as barely more than a "boy") serving his 30 day probation died of heat exhaustion while unloading a truck during one of Chicago's heat waves. He was required to meet the standard of unloading 2000 packages per hour in order to make probation. OSHA fined the company $5000. Packages presently can weigh up to 150 pounds each. The company has refused to bargain over weight limits, reserving the right to require drivers to unload alone packages that could run 200 or more pounds. When challenged, management told the union that if the driver needed help, s/he could ask the customer to assist. Young, inexperienced workers are becoming disabled for life from injuries received at UPS, often their first real job. UPS has consistently stonewalled union demands for appropriate safety equipment such as decent seatbelts, seats, and tires, and has refused to retire from their fleet trucks that have only single cylinder brakes. The EEOC has filed a class action suit against UPS for violating the rights of disabled workers. Workers who suffer eye injury are entitled to be transferred to other jobs, but UPS has refused or failed to accommodate their disabilities. UPS has a rate of occupational injury that is three times that of the transportation industry. The National Coalition on Ergonomics, an employer association has worked to prevent OSHA from adopting standards intended to cut down on repetitive motion injuries. Among the main corporate opponents of sensible repetitive motion injury regulations has been UPS, which is among the leading violators of OSHA regulations. The average penalty for a serious violation is $709, according to "Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect," a new report by the AFL-CIO.
Political influence vs. safety statistics: Ergonomic injuries account for all serious workplace injuries and cost society approximately $50 billion each year Ergonomic injuries affect women the most who make up less than 50% of the workforce, but account for 1/3 of the total workplace injuries UPS facility in Lenexa Kansas was fined $140,000 by OSHA for deplorable working conditions that were resulting in an injury rate of almost 20:100 employees, thus began UPS’s venture into the ergonomic arena battling OSHA, and the public interest UPS sued OSHA in Federal court over the “Lenexa Kansas citation”, and the Federal judge ruled that since no “ergonomic” standard existed for workers all citations were dropped, and OSHA began working on ergonomic standards Head of OSHA during President Bush (’92), Dorothy Strunk, drafted language protecting American workers from ergonomic injuries, and begun to fight and force companies to incorporate these provisions to protect American workers from further ergonomic injuries UPS realized the monetary cost to their business would cost their shareholders $3 billion, they headed the 300 company members of the National Association of Manufacturers Coalition on Ergonomics to battle OSHA, and the “ergonomic issue”40 UPS drivers sued UPS in Federal court for ergonomic injuries from the design flawed computer clipboard UPS joins ranks with US Congressman (R) Peter Hoekstra, with a former U.S Attorney named Joseph DiGenova who drafted the ergonomic defeating language in their successful attempt to destroy the Ergonomics Bill 1995, UPS’s PAC held 55 “meet and greet” sessions with members of Congress, spending about $450 per member, and then direct contributions of $4,550-just under the legal $5,000 limit 16 out of 17 members on the House Appropriations Subcommittee looking at these rules who attended UPS’s “meet and greet” event voted for UPS (R) U.S Congressman Ballenger oversaw OSHA-drafted a bill to reduce OSHA’s power and remove any enforcement ability UPS donated $24,000 to Ballenger (R) U.S Congressman Bonilla-drafted appropriations rider to prevent OSHA from collecting data from employees on ergonomic injuries
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