Grocery workers across Western Washington, organized in United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21 and Teamsters Local 38, have been in tough bargaining since March with Safeway, Albertsons, QFC and Fred Meyer. Community support is critical. The workers are asking for improvements in safety, training, staffing, scheduling and wages. Go to UFCW21.ORGand sign the pledge of support. You will be notified of important developments and actions.
Here is an upcoming event we encourage you to support and publicize: THIS FRIDAY, JULY 26, at noon. Reprinted from The Stand, 07-23-19:
RENTON — Hundreds of supporters of health care workers are expected to attend a multi-union Rally for Patients Before Profits outside the Providence Health corporate offices, 1801 Lind Ave. S.W. in Renton, at noon (with the program starting at 12:30 p.m.) on Friday, July 26. Visit the Facebook event page for more information or to RSVP.
Organized by the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC), SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, UFCW 21, OPEIU 8, and the Washington State Nurses Association, all job titles throughout the Providence system in Washington state — nurses, nursing assistants, techs, social workers, transporters, hospice workers, pharmacists, environmental services, nutrition workers, clerks and lab workers — will gather for a massive show of unity.
Together, they will deliver a message urging Providence to stop prioritizing executive pay, profits and branding over the needs of patients and frontline workers.
Union delegates from across Washington state who will be attending the WSLC’s 2019 Convention at the SeaTac DoubleTree Hotel will take buses to Friday’s rally to show their solidarity. Hot dogs, snacks and beverages will be served. The rally program starts at 12:30 p.m., but get there early as participants will begin gathering at noon.
Thanks to all who attended our July 18 general meeting and helped make it a productive discussion of health care policy directions through 2020. Here’s a video of the meeting. Please note the automated closed caption function works but doesn’t correctly capture some words!
We restarted 3 committees which will be needed as we build our campaign for universal health care through 2020. If you are interested in helping any of these committees please contact the co-chairs. We anticipate that committees will bring their reports and recommendations to a general meeting in October.
On June 12, 2019 at the Congressional Ways & Means Committee hearing on proposals for universal health care, including the Medicare for All Act of 2019. This was the FIRST EVER hearing on the subject by either of the two committees with primary jurisdiction (the other is Energy & Commerce). Here’s is the link to information about the hearing.
The eagerly anticipated WSIPP Study has been published! The June 2019 report prepared by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy Single-Payer and Universal Health Systems: Final Report will be an important resource for the 2019-20 Work Group on establishing a universal health care system in Washington State created by the Legislature this year. It compares universal health care systems in other countries.
Comments from WSIPP staff: Our final report examines universal coverage and single-payer systems in other high-income countries, which have achieved universal coverage and substantially lower health care spending than the US.
These other countries, both single- and multi-payer, have mechanisms to control the prices of medical services and pharmaceuticals.
They have lower insurer administrative costs and, in the case of single-payer countries, lower provider administrative burdens.
Individuals in these countries have fewer financial barriers to health care and more equitable access to care across income groups than in the US.
Finally, the higher US health expenditures do not translate to better health outcomes and quality of care for the entire population.