Health care is a basic human right. America’s labor movement has worked for more than a century for guaranteed high-quality health care for everyone. The Affordable Care Act is a historic milestone on this journey, but we still have a long way to go.
America must continue moving forward toward a more equitable and cost-effective health care system. Moving forward means working with employers to demand health care payment and delivery reforms to control costs, allowing people of all ages to buy into the equivalent of Medicare through a public plan option and allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices. Of course, the most cost-effective and equitable way to provide quality health care is through the social insurance model (“Medicare for All”), as other industrialized countries have shown.
The worst thing we could do is move backward by repealing the Affordable Care Act or its key provisions; privatizing Medicare or turning it into a voucher program; raising the Medicare eligibility age; increasing Medicare co-pays and deductibles or otherwise cutting Medicare benefits; or taxing employment-based health care benefits.
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Mobilize your members to picket a Verizon store or location for 2-3 hours, 1-2 times per week, through the end of June.
Save the Date! Join us for a May 5 National Day of Action to fight for good jobs at Verizon and Verizon Wireless.
We'll be back in touch soon with more information about actions at Verizon Wireless stores near you and how you can join the fight online.
Please join Verizon and Verizon Wireless workers ON STRIKE fighting to protect good jobs.
MONDAY APRIL 18 - 10:30AM
230 West 36th St, NYC
(Verizon central office)
Workers at Verizon, members of Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 1101, took to the streets on Thursday to demand a fair contract. After over nine months of bargaining, Verizon still refuses to negotiate a fair contract for 39,000 workers across the Northeast.