WIN Week In Review: June 30 – July 2, 2017
By Doug Cunningham
[Rich Trumka]: “Working people brought this bill to a screeching halt. We mobilized in record time, and we won’t stand down.
AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka on the stalled Republican Senate healthcare bill. Trumka says labor isn’t letting up in its campaign to stop this bill.
[Rich Trumka]: “We’re running ads. We’re flooding Senate offices with phone calls. We’re going all out.
It is time for Congress to abandon this reckless plan and come together on a bipartisan basis to improve the Affordable Care Act. That’s what voters want.”
The American Federation of Teachers is very active in the fight against Trumpcare. GOP Senators pulled the bill temporarily Tuesday in the face of stiff resistance AFT President Randi Weingarten says her union is focused not just on political lobbying of Congress in this fight, but is also mobilizing members to block the GOP healthcare bill.
AFT is against the GOP healthcare bill because it will end healthcare coverage for 22 million people while cutting Medicaid by hundreds of billions of dollars so the rich can get hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts.
[Randi Weingarten]: “This is a matter of class.
This is a matter of the people who want tax cuts for the wealthy want this bill. The people who want to make sure that there is a safety net for individuals don’t want this bill.
And I go for the people – workin’ people in America – every day of the week.
We need to make sure that they have a safety net. We need to make sure that their healthcare is there and they are not one illness away from bankruptcy.”
Hearings were held this week by the US Trade Representative to take comments on a NAFTA trade deal re-negotiation. Labor testified that NAFTA needs to be changed to benefit working people.
The same coalition that defeated the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is also demanding a new NAFTA deal that benefits working people.
As NAFTA hearings opened, more than 100,000 petition signatures and 50,000 comments were filed by the coalition with the U.S. Trade Representative. The response was so strong that it crashed the US Trade Representative’s comment submission platform.
SEIU Local 1 says an ordinance that would achieve labor rights for Chicago O’Hare and Midway airport workers could be taken up by Chicago’s City Council as soon as the July meeting.
SEIU says it’s having “positive discussions” with Mayor Rahm Emanuel for thousands of airport workers as part of a broader set of regulations covering ground handling operators at those Chicago airports.