WIN Week In Review: June 23-25, 2017
By Doug Cunningham
[Sen. Debbie Stabenow]: “We’re here today to allow citizens from arou nd the country to be able to speak about what these proposals mean to tens of millions of Americans.”
Michigan U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow. Democratic senators and rural health care providers testified Wednesday that Trump care would devastate rural health care.
[Sen. Debbie Stabenow]: “These proposals they are putting together will devastate rural communities. Medicaid covers nearly half of the children in small towns and rural areas is Michigan and across the country. Half.
Medicaid covers more than half of all seniors in nursing homes.
The Republicans are proposing legislation that will gut Medicaid healthcare.”
[Chant]: “No contract, no peace! No contract, no peace!”
Fourteen thousand UPTE-CWA members negotiating a new labor with the University of California say the university is attacking their pensions. Jelger Kalmijn is President of UPTE-CWA.
[Jelger Kalmijn]: “They are trying to undermine our defined benefit plan by having all new employees opt out of it and just receive a retirement savings plan. In essence, they’re having Wall Street steal about half the pension savings for those new employees, because it will be put into a savings plan that yields about half the result (of defined pensions) once you retire.”
[Chant:] “Free Rodrigo, Free Hugo! Immigrants are marching here, no papers no fear!”
Union members and community supporters rallied in San Francisco to protest the ICE detention of Painter’s union member Hugo Mejia and United Brotherhood of Carpenters member Rodrigo Nunez.
The two were handed over to ICE when they showed up for work at Travis Air Force base in northern California. They have been in detention for over a month with no hearing on their cases.
Hugo has been a painter’s union member for ten years.
Neidi Dominguez is with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT).
[Neidi Dominguez]: “We are here because what’s happening to Hugo and Rodrigo is not just unfair, it’s unjust.”
Randy Bryce is an Ironworker and labor union activist running for Congress against House Speaker Paul Ryan in the mid-term elections.
Bryce is a cancer survivor and sees first hand the impact of health issues on his family and people living in Ryan’s District.
This is an excerpt from Randy Bryce’s video announcing his campaign against Ryan.
[Randy Bryce]: “I’m the best person to represent this district because I’m a working person.
If somebody falls behind, we’re so much stronger if we carry them with us.
I think it’s time – let’s trade places, Paul Ryan. You can come work the iron and I’ll go to DC.