WGAE Takes Part in National Health Reform and Lobby Day

On June 25th, the WGAE participated in an AFL-CIO sponsored National Health Care Reform and Lobby Day in Washington D.C.  We went down together with members and staff from other talent unions including SAG, AFTRA, Actor’s Equity, and the AFM. The rally was attended by over 20,000 union members from all over the county from many different trade unions. The rally had a wide array of speakers, including actress Edie Falco ("Sopranos" & "Betty"); union leaders Gerald McEntee (AFSCME), Ana Burger (SEIU), Dennis Hughes (NY AFL-CIO); NY Senators Chuck Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand, NJ Senator Bob Menendez, and NY Congressman Anthony Weiner. After the rally, everyone went to the halls of Congress to lobby for health care reform legislation. Overall, this was quite a productive day and the WGAE was very proud to have been able to participate in such an important event.

WGAE staff members Fawn Catigbe, Elaine Lindsay, and Rochelle Rubin stand united with thousands of other union members advocating for improving our national health care system so that it covers everyone.

 

With the U.S. Capitol Building in clear view, over 20,000 workers from across the country turned out for this historic rally and lobby day in support of reforming our national health care system.

IBEW members look on as actress Edie Falco (“Sopranos” & “Nurse Jackie”) speaks out in favor of a public health insurance option.

Representatives from the WGAE, SAG, AFTRA, and Actor’s Equity came down from NYC together in support of health care reform

Representatives from the WGAE, SAG, AFTRA, and Actor’s Equity came down from NYC together in support of health care reform

Writers support reforming our national health care system.

Numerous large trade unions, such as the CWA, SEIU, AFSCME, UFCW, UFT, AFT, IBEW, etc. were there en masse.

People from all over the country were in attendance.The AFT was just one of many trade unions present at this important event.

A worthy goal to say the least.

We could not agree more.