Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice Endorses HR 676

From Unions for Single Payer

Mary Shesgreen, a member of the steering committee of Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice, reports that her organization has made a “wholehearted endorsement” of HR 676, Rep. John Conyers’ national single payer health care legislation. Shesgreen said that most of the members of the steering committee have long supported HR 676.

“A single payer program as provided by HR 676 is the only affordable option for universal, comprehensive coverage,” states the resolution passed.

Hale Landes, a member of IBEW Local Union 134 in Chicago who is also on the Jobs with Justice steering committee, said that the resolution for HR 676 was unanimously adopted at a retreat on June 27. Landes is also on the Labor Outreach Committee of the Illinois Campaign for Single Payer.

“We support single payer for all because it is the right thing to do. We at Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice believe that healthcare is a human right,” said a release on behalf of the organization.

Northern Illinois JwJ is the 606th labor organization to endorse HR 676.

In other news, on July 30, 2013, three additional congresspersons signed on to HR 676, bringing the total of co-sponsors in the House to 48. The news ones are Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY- 12), Robert A. Brady (PA-1), and Jose E. Serrano (NY-15).


  1. Bonnie Boggs on August 28, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Why has it taken so long for people to know about Single Payer Health Care.
    Other countries must be laughing at us. They have health care and the richest country in the world does without.
    What is wrong with this picture?

    Bonnie Boggs

  2. Barbara Kantola on August 30, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Not only Health Care for all, but it should also cover part-time workers too with no minimum time of work. It would also give more full-time jobs to people so they won’t need government aid. Everyone should have a living wage, and health care. Anyone with a job deserves that much. Bring back the strong unions again.