October 17, 2013, the Executive Council of the New Mexico Federation
Labor, AFL-CIO, endorsed HR 676, national single payer health care
legislation sponsored by Congressman John Conyers (D MI), reports Jon
New Mexico is the 44rd state AFL-CIO federation to take such action.
stated, “We are huge believers in single payer here.
There is absolutely no dissent from this unanimous support.” He said he
was surprised to learn that formal action to support HR 676 had not been
taken earlier. “We are not late,” he said, because “we have been big
proponents of single payer for a long time.” He noted that his union,
IATSE, is a leader in single payer efforts nationally and that commitment
was reaffirmed at their recent national convention.
The New Mexico Federation
of Labor, AFL-CIO, is the state federation of
labor representing over 170,000 members counting the families, retirees,
and community affiliates throughout New Mexico, said Hendry.
to the endorsement, James Besante, a third-year student at
University of New Mexico School of Medicine, spoke to the council about HR
676 and single payer health care. In 2012 Besante received the Nicholas
Skala Student Activist Award from Physicians for a National Health Program
(PNHP), the 18,000-member organization of doctors that leads in research
and advocacy for single payer.
most states PNHP is able to provide speakers to union
that are interested in learning how single payer works.Contact (312) 782-6006.