Washington, DC–The Communications Workers of America (CWA) is the 20th international union to endorse HR 676, national single payer healthcare legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI).

The endorsement came in a comprehensive resolution on national health care reform that was passed at CWA’s recent 70th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, June 23-25, 2008.

Shortly after the October 15th presidential debate, Larry Cohen, CWA International Union President, referred to the convention action in an on-line chat with CWA members.  Responding to a CWA member who asked about support for HR 676, Cohen said:  “We strongly support H.R.676.  It was one of three bills that were cited in the CWA convention resolution among pending legislation that address CWA’s key principles for health reform.”

International/national unions that have endorsed HR 676 are USW, UAW, NEA, ILWU, NALC, IAM, UA Plumbers & Pipefitters), AFM (Musicians), UE, CNA/NNOC, SMWIA, IFPTE, OPEIU, UTU, SEIU, AFT, AFSCME, CSEA (California School Employees Association), UWUA, & CWA.