As I walked through Coolidge Corner Friday night, I was intercepted by a nice young woman who handed me a flyer headlined, “When the government puts private wealth in charge of public health, service workers can’t afford to stay healthy.”
The flyer – which opposed the mandatory health insurance created by the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Law – came from the Eastern Service Workers Association (ESWA), which describes itself this way:
ESWA is a free and voluntary unincorporated membership association of service and temporary workers and those unemployed or on fixed incomes. We are uniting together with professionals, small business people and other concerned citizens to fight to improve living and working conditions.
Of course, whenever you see the phrase “free and voluntary unincorporated membership association,” you should check to make sure you still have your wallet.
Checking ESWA, on the other hand, is not quite as easy. Stick “ESWA” into the Googletron, for instance, and you wind up with 1,260,000 results, but pretty thin gruel on the information front.
And that’s about everything the hardworking staff at Campaign Outsider could find at this time of night.
Inconveniently, the Eastern Service Workers Association itself has neglected to produce its own website.
So we’re left with this question:
What the hell are we supposed to think about ESWA?
Discuss among yourselves.