Mar 5, 2009

UFCW President Joe Hansen to Appear at White House Forum on Health Reform

At the invitation of President Barack Obama, UFCW President Joe Hansen is set to appear this afternoon at the White House Forum on Health Reform.

The full proceedings of the summit, which begins at 1:00 p.m. EST, can be observed live at

President Hansen has been a consistent voice for quality, affordable health care. For nearly three decades, Hansen has played a key role in the negotiation of contracts covering hundreds of thousands of workers in the retail and food manufacturing industries.

An original member of the Citizens’ Health Care Working Group, President Hansen served as the sole worker representative in that congressionally chartered body. The group facilitated a groundbreaking national dialogue that resulted in a bipartisan consensus on the need for affordable, quality care for all Americans.

At the forum, President Hansen will focus on how workers and unions can play an important role in reforming a health care system paralyzed by insurance companies and entrenched special interests--a critical step in the effort to rebuild the American middle class.