[Marxism] April 28: Statewide Rally of Injured and Disabled Workers (California)

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Fri Mar 25 09:06:45 MST 2005

2-25-2005 Press Release:
From: The California Coalition For Workers Memorial Day (CCWMD)

Permit Secured for Statewide Rally of Injured and Disabled Workers
On Thursday April 28, 2005 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
West Steps California State Capitol
Statewide Mobilization Now Going Forward

PERMITS HAVE NOW BEEN secured for the west steps of the State Capital 
for the most important demonstration held of injured and disabled 
workers in the history of California.  The rally will be held on the 
international day to commemorate workers injured and killed on the 
job and will include representatives from many injured workers 
organizations, unions and healthcare organizations from throughout 

The rally will begin at 11:00 AM with music and statements from 
injured and disabled workers about the collapse of the Workers' Comp 
system. The new film by Christine Pietz "Almost Broken" 
www.almostbroken.com about the 12 year struggle of injured worker 
Larry Nign and the cover-up by the California State Fund is also 
being screened throughout the state with testimonies of injured 
workers at the screenings. Please contact us to find where the next 
screening will take place.

Under SB 899 passed last year, workers were limited to two years of 
temporary disability, forced to go to company doctors and have  faced 
the elimination of rehabilitation and retraining.

The deregulation bill has also led to an explosive rise of rejections 
by the insurance industry of the health and compensation benefits to 
injured workers and their families. This has already to led to a 
number of workers committing suicide and the loss of homes, families 
and sanity.

It also comes as the government has now reported that the largest 
cause of bankruptcy in the United States is due to healthcare costs. 
The rally will also focus on the need to implement a single payer 
system in the California that will eliminate the insurance companies 
in the use of healthcare in California. The coalition believes that 
the present employment based healthcare system is no longer a 
tolerable means of delivering healthcare to the people of California.

The coalition was also recently successful in bringing the 
resignation of the Dianne Oki, the president of the State Fund of 
California. Ms. Oki had been charged with covering up the case of 
Larry Nign and other injured workers whose medical claims have been 
rejected despite inconvertible evidence that they were entitled to 
healthcare and compensation.

The deregulation of the industry is now leading to the elimination of 
any checks and balances and the failure of the insurance industry to 
regulate itself is now being exposed as a scandal as more and more 
cases come to the fore.

For Further Information On The Rally:
In San Francisco California Coalition For Workers' Memorial Day
415-867-0628 www.workersmemorialday.com
California Injured Workers Coalition 415-928-9343
samg at injuredworkerscoalition.com.
In Los Angeles Christine Pietz  818-846-1632 cpietz at sbcglobal.net
Southbay The Chelsie Group 408-347-0331 billmeyer at chelsiegroup.org
Northbay Area Contact  707-332-9675 fightN4yourlife at aol.com
Sacramento Area Contact Dina Padilla 916-725-2673 blndi26 at cs.com
Chico Area 530-345-4354 wallyballin at bcglobal.net
Santa Cruz/Monterey Area unmaid at pacific.net

Funds are also urgently  needed please send checks to
California Coalition For Workers' Memorial Day
P.O. Box 720027
San Francisco 94172

Endorsers As Of 2/25/2005
This rally is endorsed by: San Francisco Labor Council, North Bay 
Labor Council, South Bay Labor Council, California Injured Workers 
Coalition, Inc., UTLA-AFT1021, IUOE Local 39 Stationary Engineers, 
UAPD/AFSCME, NALC 214, CWA local 9423,CWA 9410, KPFA Labor 
Collective, The Chelsie Group, Labor Action Coalition (LAC), Million 
Worker March Committee, Labor Video Project, FACE Intel, Dr. June 
Fisher, Dr. Larry Rose, Victims of UPS/Red Thursday Committee, 
Pushing Limits (KPFA's radio show on disabled), Jerome Otis; Pres. N. 
Cal Chapter Teamsters National Black Caucus, Mary Ann Ring; V. P. N. 
Cal. CUE, Ray Quan; V.P. SEIU790 BART Chapt.ATU1555, Healthcare For 
All, SEIU535 Workers With Disabilities Caucus, Butte County Health 
Care Coalition, UA Plumber Local 393, Santa Cruz WILPF, Sign & 
Display Local Union 510, Independent Living Resouce Center San 
Francisco, Bricklayers and Allied Trades Local 3, SEIU 790.

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