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HARRISBURG WORKERS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS CONTINUE FIGHT FOR GENUINE HEALTHCARE REFORM

12.21.09

AFL-CIO
Media Advisory
For Immediate Release

Contact: Marty Marks (412) 352.0317

HARRISBURG WORKERS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS CONTINUE FIGHT FOR GENUINE HEALTHCARE REFORM

Local Workers and Union Leaders to Hold Roundtable Discussion on the Inadequacies of the Senate Healthcare Bill

Harrisburg, PA – On Tuesday, December 22nd at noon at the Harrisburg Region Central Labor Council Headquarters, workers will join with community leaders and activists for a roundtable discussion regarding the changes that must be made to the bill currently in the senate, in order for it be worthy of the support of working men and women. A focus of the discussion will be the tax on workers’ healthcare plans, he need for a public option as a way to break the stranglehold of the insurance industry over consumers, and the necessity for employers to pay their fair share.

“The Senate bill bends to the insurance industry and asks working people to pay the costs. The AFL-CIO intends to fight on behalf of all working families to make the changes necessary and win real health care reform,” said Michael Fedor, Director for the Central PA AFL-CIO, America’s largest labor federation. “This is why we are continuing roundtable discussions all across America to give workers a voice in the ongoing historic debate to reinvent health care in our country,” explained Fedor.

The roundtable in Harrisburg on Tuesday is one of six taking place in Pennsylvania. Workers with their personal healthcare stories, leaders who negotiate health care benefits in the collective bargaining process and community allies working for health care reform will be participating.

Remote one on one interviews with speakers are available before or after the event. Call Marty Marks at 412.352.0317 to arrange.

Who: Workers, union leaders from the Harrisburg Region Central Labor Council and the National AFL-CIO and community allies

What: Roundtable discussion on healthcare reform from the workers perspective

Where: Harrisburg Central Labor Council, 522 South 22nd St., Harrisburg, PA

When: Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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Marty Marks
National AFL-CIO Communications

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