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Lehigh Valley Labor Council President involved with health care coalition

12.26.08

January 2009, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Lehigh Valley Labor Council President involved with health care coalition

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsabe@aol.com

LEHIGH VALLEY, December 18th- The Lehigh Valley Labor Council President Gregg Potter was re-elected to a second three-year term of the labor federation.

Mr. Potter resides in Allentown and recently has taken a leave from his job at Verizon and now serves as a Health Care for America Now (HCAN) of Pennsylvania, Associate Director. Mr. Potter has worked for the communications company since 1993 and is a member of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Union Local 13500.

His job with HCAN is to build coalitions to join in the grass root effort to bring affordable, quality health care for working people to the top of the political discussion.

“I truly believe that if we solve the health care issue that it will go a long way in fixing our economy,” said Mr. Potter.

Part of the agenda of HCAN is to have as many federal legislators sign on to their health care principles. So far 166 House of Representatives and 18 United States Senators have committed to support HCAN principals. Mr. Potter said Republican Congressman 15th Legislative District Charlie Dent has not yet signed on.

“Many city, county and state governments are in dire financial straits and if we take the health care issue off of the table, that will loosen up a ton of money for other efforts,” added Mr. Potter.

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