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40K Longshoremen Quit AFL-CIO Over Obama-Care

First we have this, from The Hill:

Obama to travel to Los Angeles to recognize labor

By Justin Sink | August 29, 2013

President Obama will travel to Los Angeles on Sept. 9 to recognize organized labor. Obama will appear at the AFL-CIO convention, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast Thursday.

That night the president will also appear at a $32,400 per plate Hollywood fundraiser held at the home of Marta Kauffman, the co-creator of the sitcom "Friends," according to an invitation obtained by the Sunlight Foundation…

With friends like that…

It’s not clear what specific topic Obama will tackle, but Trumka said his organization was working with the administration to plug holes in the Affordable Care Act.

“We have been working with the administration to find solutions to the inadvertent holes in the act,” Trumka said. “We are working to try solve problems, just like they tried to solve problems with employers, with large business and small business groups.”

Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will also appear at the four-day AFL-CIO convention, the group said in a release.

In other words, this has nothing to do with recognizing labor. (Labor Day was yesterday.) Instead it is all about trying to come up with a carve out for the AFL-CIO so they will be willing to help stuff the ballot boxes come November 2014.

And this could be why. From Breitbart:

Citing Obamacare, 40,000 Longshoremen Quit the AFL-CIO

By Warner Todd Huston | September 2, 2013

In what is being reported as a surprise move, the 40,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced that they have formally ended their association with the AFL-CIO, one of the nation’s largest private sector unions. The Longshoremen citied Obamacare and immigration reform as two important causes of their disaffiliation.

In an August 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, ILWU President Robert McEllrath cited quite a list of grievances as reasons for the dissolution of their affiliation, but prominent among them was the AFL-CIO’s support of Obamare.

"We feel the Federation has done a great disservice to the labor movement and all working people by going along to get along," McEllrath wrote in the letter to Trumka.

The ILWU President made it clear they are for a single-payer, nationalized healthcare policy and are upset with the AFL-CIO for going along with Obama on the confiscatory tax on their "Cadillac" healthcare plan.

In other words, Obama-Care isn’t socialist enough for these ‘workers.’

The Longshoreman leader said, "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." But, regardless of that promise, the President has pushed for just such a tax and Trumka and the AFL-CIO bowed to political pressure lining up behind Obama’s tax on those plans.


McEllrath also went on to say that they support stronger immigration reform than the AFL-CIO is supporting…

Naturally. They don’t have to worry about losing their jobs.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “40K Longshoremen Quit AFL-CIO Over Obama-Care”

  1. Right of the People says:

    Of course they want a single payor system as long as they’re exempt from it.

  2. yadayada says:

    cute colloquialism – “to plug holes in’

    more like wholes. as in “to plug whole” classes of people into special exemptions.

    are there any republicans in washington with the sack to stand up and call an end to this insanity?

  3. Petronius says:

    Note that the ILWU’s objection is that Obama-care and Obama-amnesty don’t go far enough.

    The ILWU, which works the West Coast ports, has a long history of communist ties and radicalism.

    As opposed to the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) which works the Atlantic and Gulf ports. The ILA has a long history of ties to the mob, especially the NJ-NY and Miami locals, but at least the ILA has generally proven to be patriotic over the years.

    And did I mention that these guys make six-figure salaries on top of all the featherbedding?

    Nice work if you can get it.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Why do mechanized ports need Longshoremen? Especially Longshoremen who can shut down a port while making $200,000 a year?

    • Petronius says:

      The best paid longshoremen are the crane operators, then down the ranks to container handlers who operate the top loaders and reach stackers, the forklift operators, RO-RO drivers, truck drivers who move the containers between storage yards and the dock, and the gangs who work on the deck to bolt down/unfasten the containers.

      So they still need longshoremen to work the equipment, but union work rules and gang structures can result in a lot of unnecessary expense.

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