Thursday, September 05, 2013

AFL-CIO Loses 40,000 Longshormen Due to Obamacare

Richard Trumka's support of Obamacare just lost his labor colation 40,000 dues-paying members:
The 40,000-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union has dropped its ties to the AFL-CIO in a letter that partly blames compromises over Obamacare.

The letter from ILWU president Robert McEllrath to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, dated Aug. 29, sets out a list of the Longshoremen's complaints against the AFL-CIO. The last page of the three-page letter accuses the AFL-CIO of "going along to get along" with the Obama administration on healthcare, immigration reform, and other issues.

"President Obama ran on a platform that he would not tax medical plans and at the 2009 AFL-CIO Convention, you stated that labor would not stand for a tax on our benefits," McEllrath wrote. Instead, the AFL-CIO lobbied affiliates to support the taxing of so-called "Cadillac" plans like the Longshoremen have.
Of course Trumka is backing away from Obamacare now but be admits to helping write it. So apparently the  leader of the largest labor coalition on the U.S. sold out his members because he was either too stupid or to crooked to realize that Obamacare screws over his members because a lot of them have "Cadillac" health care plans -- meaning health care plans that are just too darned good to go untaxed. 
As far as characterizing Trumka goes, I'm going to go with crooked and stupid in equal measures. Pity the 11 million (minus 40,000) workers who put their trust in this bastard.

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