Labor Beat: ATU preliminary strike vote

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Labor Beat via You Tube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrvib4rLpYo&feature=youtu.be

On June 29, 2017 the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308, the union of the rail division at the Chicago Transit Authority, held a city-wide preliminary strike authorization vote among its members. Of 927 members who voted, 97.4% voted YES for a strike. Scenes and interviews from the voting locations.

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Several ATU Local 308 members mention their inadequate health insurance. Although it's not specifically stated, it appears that part-time CTA workers don't get health insurance at all. Only national improved Medicare for all can provide access to high quality care for every person who lives in the US, with no financial barriers or burdens. What is more, a single-payer health porgram would provide the same coverage to workers who are on strike. 

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