It’s not often that labor unions and businesses find issues they agree on, but apparently there is at least one.
It was announced today that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) will join forces with companies including Wal-Mart and AT&T to address the lack of health care coverage in the United States.
The coalition will be called “Better Health Care Together,” and includes a slew of companies and non-profit organizations. More details may be found at Think Progress:
Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott said, “By following this campaign’s common sense principles, we believe America can have high quality, affordable and accessible health care by 2012.” SEIU’s Andy Stern added, “We need fundamental change, and it is going to take new thinking, leadership, new partnerships, some risk taking, and compromising to make it happen.”
The coalition’s principles include making sure that everyone has quality health insurance that’s affordable, and revamping America’s health care system to achieve that goal.