Contributor, The Hopbrook Institute
Mark Dudzic is the National Coordinator of the Labor Campaign for Single Payer based in Washington, DC and has been a labor activist for over 30 years. In 1979 he joined Rahway, NJ Local 149 of the Oil Chemical and Atomic Workers (now part of the United Steelworkers) after helping to organize his precious metals refinery. He served as full-time president of his Local Union and as president of the largest District Council in the OCAW. After the death of his friend and union brother Tony Mazzocchi, he came to Washington, DC in 2003 to work on Tony's many unfinished projects including efforts to build a labor-based political party, advance occupational safety, promote working class culture, and win national healthcare.
The Labor Campaign for Single Payer was founded in 2009 just prior to the inauguration of President Obama. Its mission is to ensure that the voice of the grassroots labor movement is heard in the debates over the future of healthcare and to advocate for a single-payer, Medicare-for-All healthcare system. The Labor Campaign played a crucial role in the unanimous passage of a resolution endorsing a single-payer "social insurance model' long term solution to the healthcare crisis at the AFL-CIO's 2009
Convention and works to promote national single-payer legislation and labor-supported state universal healthcare initiatives. Their affiliates include 15 national unions and hundreds of local and regional labor organizations in the fight to make healthcare a right for everyone in America.