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    By Doug Cunningham

    With Trumpcare defeated nurses say it's time to go for real single payer universal Medicare for all style health care.

    Because even with the Affordable Care Act still in place there are still millions of people without health insurance.

    National Nurses United/California Nurses Association Co-President Deborah Burger says her union is supporting a legislative effort in California that would create universal Medicare for all healthcare.

    [Deborah Burger]: "Essentially it would finance the healthy California through a number of mechanisms. And it would replace the insurance premium, co-pay and deductibles most people are already paying."


    Trump's order rolling back the Clean Power Plan won't save coal jobs and is a false choice between jobs and a clean environment.

    That's the position of the Blue Green Alliance, a coalition of environmental groups and labor unions.

    Kim Glas is Executive Director of the Blue Green Alliance.

    [Kim Glas]: "He offered Americans a false choice between good jobs and safe workplaces or a clean environment. And I think whenever you pit jobs against the environment it's one of the oldest plays in the playbook. And it's been refuted again and again."

    Glas says Trump's order trying to overturn the Clean Power Plan is an assault against both the environment and against workers.


    Canada's Radio Labour reports that global unemployment is expected to continue to climb through 2017.

    International Labor Organization (ILO) General Secretary Guy Ryder says the trend is higher joblessness.

    [Guy Ryder]: "Despite the marginal improvement in economic growth rates foreseen for 2017, this will be insufficient to prevent a continuing rise in global unemployment. We think 3.4 million will be added to the global unemployment figures in the coming year."


    On the April 4th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination there will be "Fight Racism, Raise Pay" protests in two dozen U.S. cities.

    Fight For $15 and the Movement For Black Lives are joining forces for the protests. The actions will include thousands of workers, civil rights leaders and elected officials marching to the Lorraine Motel in Memphis demanding higher wages.

    It's a cause that Dr. King himself fervently believed in.

    [Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.]: "It is a crime for people to live in this rich nation and receive starvation wages!"


    The Graduate Employees Organization at the Champaign-Urbana campus in Illinois had its first collective bargaining session Thursday.

    GEO's Natalie Tate says with anti-union Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner refusing to sign a state budget education workers face a challenge. She expects the university to claim no ability to strike a deal due to lack of a state budget.

    [Natalie Tate]: "Which is a falsehood. Because the University of Illinois system doesn't actually get that much money from the state. It's mostly endowments."

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