The unions – all of them – supported Obamacare and helped inflict the socialized medical system on the nation. They actually believed they would keep their doctors and their health insurance plans if they liked them. Now they are angry about being lied to.
Last Wednesday, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union sent a letter to the AFL-CIO withdrawing their 40,000 members partly because they blame the AFL-CIO for their being straddled with Obamacare.
In their letter, they explained that the ILWU has long been known for their militant independence. They don’t want their ‘brother’ Trumka to be too upset by their departure and reminded him that the ILWU was kicked out of the CIO during the McCarthy era for being too ‘red.’ [I guess McCarthy was right then?]
It’s not just Obamacare that caused the fissure. The ILWU wasn’t happy with the AFL-CIO when the ILWU was causing mayhem at US ports and the AFL-CIO urged some level of moderation. They seem to think that Bush was ready to shoot them dead when he was securing the ports for the upcoming war in Iraq.
The ILWU have a proud tradition of violence and bullying that even the AFL-CIO can’t measure up to.
Photo of the ILWU marching on the Communist May Day
The ILWU does not like the ‘moderate, compromising’ attitude held by Trumka. They are angry about the AFL-CIO convincing them to go along with immigration reform and Obamacare.
They don’t like the fact that Obamacare is taxing their cadillac medical plans.
They are also angry about the comprehensive immigration reform that they say favors educated workers over janitors and farm workers. We can never have enough low-wage employees to pay dues to the ILWU.
Don’t worry though, the ILWU promises to continue on with their Progressive causes as a disaffiliated, militant, independent union.
As it happens, Trumka is also upset about the Obamacare tax on cadillac plans and the destruction of the 40-hour work week.
Obamacare, as most people know by now, requires employers to pay for health insurance for everyone who works 30 hours or more. As a result, businesses are cutting full-time jobs to part-time wherever possible. Unions fought for 40-hour work weeks.
President Obama’s Labor Day Proclamation was too ironic:
America is what it is today because workers began to organize — to demand fair pay, decent hours, safe working conditions, and the dignity of a secure retirement. Through decades upon decades of struggle, they won many of the rights and benefits we too often take for granted today, from the 40-hour work week and minimum wage to safety standards, workers’ compensation, and health insurance. These basic protections allowed the middle class to flourish. They formed the basis of the American dream and offered a better life to anyone willing to work for it.
Yet over the past decades, that promise began to erode. People were working harder for less, and good jobs became more difficult to find. My Administration remains committed to restoring the basic bargain at the heart of the American story. We are bringing good jobs back to the United States…
Mr. Obama is not even a competent statist I’m afraid.
In July, James P. Hoffa, general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Joseph Hansen, international president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union; and Donald “D.” Taylor, president of UNITE-HERE, a union representing hotel, airport, food service, gaming, and textile workers penned a letter expressing their discontent:
“When you and the President sought our support for the Affordable Care Act,” they begin, “you pledged that if we liked the health plans we have now, we could keep them. Sadly, that promise is under threat…We have been strong supporters of the notion that all Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care. We have also been strong supporters of you. In campaign after campaign we have put boots on the ground, gone door-to-door to get out the vote, run phone banks and raised money to secure this vision. Now this vision has come back to haunt us.”
Last week, Trumka admitted some mistakes were made in the writing of Obamacare, stressing the reduced hours resulting from Obamacare’s employer mandate.
Before you think that this might mean the end of Obamacare consider that Mr. Obama will probably exempt the unions from Obamacare, raising everyone else’s premiums