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Working people across the country are flooding their legislators’ town halls this week to demand that Congress not take health care away from tens of millions of people.
In Wisconsin, union members, healthcare workers, patients and community members are rallying on Saturday, February 25, at the office, 3303 S 103rd St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53227, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Join the movement to save affordable healthcare, ‘Rally 4 our Healthcare’ Saturday!
It’s hard to believe, but some extreme legislators want to carry out a quadruple threat against health care in America. They want to repeal the Affordable Care Act coverage without providing anything close to a decent replacement. They’re planning to slash the Medicaid program that provides essential services to children, people with disabilities and the elderly, as well as end Medicare as we know it. On top of this, they want to impose a new tax on workplace health benefits that will come directly out of workers’ paychecks and lead many to lose the coverage we get through our jobs.
But these legislators are now feeling the pressure. Some, like Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Ron Johnson, have even refused to hold town halls just to avoid their constituents. But with health care coverage for tens of millions on the line, we can’t let them ignore us.
Will you take a minute to call your representative right now and demand he or she protect our health care?
The more we hear about the Republican health care plan, the worse it gets. If Republicans repeal the ACA, 30 million Americans could lose health care coverage and millions more will face less affordable and less accessible health care.
And the “replacement” they’ve promised? It would impose a huge new tax on the health benefits of workers and end Medicare and Medicaid as we know them.
The bottom line is their plan will cost working people more, cover fewer families and literally endanger the lives of people who need critical care. Affordable health care coverage is a life-or-death issue for many families—and with so much at stake, we can’t afford to stay silent.
We need to send our leaders a powerful message: We won’t let them gut our health care. Join the rally in Milwaukee Saturday or call today to demand that your representative do the right thing and protect our care!
Phil Neuenfeldt, President
Stephanie Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer
Ken Riley, President of the International Longshoreman Association 1142, http://www.ila1422.com/, called this week for a nationwide strike of dock workers in order to protest unsafe conditions and restrictive hiring on the docks. Riley’s local led day-long wildcat strikes of dockworkers in 2013.
“We are protesting damage to the nation’s economy that is caused by the kind of interference that President Donald Trump promised to stop,” Riley said in a statement.
Riley says his union plans to protest understaffing on the docks, which has led to unsafe conditions and excessive overtime work. Part of the reason for the understaffing, says Riley, is that overly restrictive background checks prevent many qualified people from taking jobs on the docks.
There hasn’t been a date set for the strike. Riley hopes that it coincides with a march of dockworkers on the White House.
Fight For $15:
We’re on the brink of a crisis for working people.
Donald Trump JUST admitted that he supports slashing worker pay and limiting your freedom at work – all to help his rich buddies get even richer.
His Republican cronies in Congress are chomping at the bit to help make it happen – with so-called “right to work” laws that are TERRIBLE for working Americans.
Bryan: We can’t, we WON’T back down.
I live and work in Michigan. Five years ago, my governor pushed through a law that makes it next to impossible for people to join together in strong worker organizations, like unions. Just the kind of law that Trump said he supports now.
I’ve seen my wages stagnate. I can’t get a raise. I still make just $8.90 per hour at McDonald’s – even though I’ve been working hard for 5 years.
It’s not enough to feed myself or my kids – and it’s not right.
I’m not the only one. Across the country, in states like Michigan where people don’t have the freedom to form strong organizations, people make $6,000 less on average than others working the same exact job.
Donald Trump ran as a champion of working people, with a promise to take on the rigged economy – but his support for these attacks shows that he only wants to rig it up even more.
We can’t let Trump, Congress, and their corporate cronies make life even harder for working people – and our movement must be strong, loud, and united if we’re going to stop them.
Thanks for standing united at this important time. We’re proud to stand with you.
Fight for $15
P.S. This is a movement-wide effort to fight back – and we’re proud to team up with these groups in a show of strength and solidarity:
AFSCME, AFT, Courage Campaign, CPD Action, Daily Kos, Democracy for America, Economic Policy Institute Policy Center, Fight for $15, Good Jobs Nation, Jobs with Justice, The Nation, National Employment Law Project, OUR Walmart, People Demanding Action, People for the American Way, Progressive Congress Action Fund, Public Citizen, RootsAction.org, Watchdog.net, and The Zero Hour.
Cecile Richards President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Tanya Atkinson President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
Congresswoman Gwen S. Moore
State Senator LaTonya Johnson
State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa
Nancy Flores from Voces de la FronteraMore info and special guests to be announced shortly