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Alabama
Alabama
Labor Group Focuses on Health Care
(2007-09-03)
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - The Alabama AFL-CIO marks this Labor Day by turning the spotlight on a new union-wide health care campaign keyed to the 2008 presidential election.

State and local labor union leaders said details of the campaign will be announced Monday at a 1 p.m. news conference at Tannehill State Park.

Stewart Burkhalter, president of the Alabama AFL-CIO, says, ''We're the most industrialized country in the world, and we don't have nationalized health care.''

The health care initiative will also be announced in Washington, D.C., says Alabama Democratic Party spokesman Jesse McDaniel.

The closing of steel plants has helped decimate the labor unions in Alabama. Burkhalter estimates there are 60,000 union members in Alabama, compared to many times that number years ago.

Shoals Area Labor Council president David Freeze says that while most labor members have health insurance and pension plans through their employers, those standards of labor contracts are endangered by the growing cost of health care.

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