February 2, 2014

Not Establishment Press News: Two Large Unions’ Deep Dissatisfaction With Obamacare

Over at the Associated Press’s national site, there’s a story about how “Some of the largest public labor unions in Illinois filed a long-awaited lawsuit Tuesday challenging the state’s new pension reform law.”

Given that it involves hundreds of thousands of workers, it’s probably fair to say that the news deserves national attention. But how about another story which involves over 800,000 union members who are deeply dissatisfied with Obamacare? Searches at AP on Unite Here and LUINA, the two unions involved, come up empty and with nothing relevant, respectively.

Here are the final few paragraphs of a two-page letter sent by the heads of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA – 550,000 U.S. members) and Unite Here (265,000 U.S. members):


Note that the unions have known for three years that “the ACA would not let us keep the health care we had” — but they still recommended that their members support Obama in 2012 (LIUNAUnite Here). It’s hard to work up much sympathy here.

Here are several paragraphs from a related post by Jon Ralston (HT Hot Air):

In a scathing letter to congressional leaders, the head of the Culinary’s parent union and the national laborers’ organization lambasted the administration’s implementation of Obamacare, saying it “undermines fair market competition” and emphasized they are “bitterly disappointed.”

Las Vegas’ own D. Taylor of UniteHERE and Terry O’Sullivan of LIUNA sent the letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi this week, part of an unrelenting campaign against the health care law’s implementation that they have been waging since last year. The letter, attached here, concludes: “It would be a sad irony indeed if the signature legislative accomplishment of an Administration committed to reducing income inequality cut living standards for middle income and low wage workers.”

From what I can tell, only center-right blogs have taken notice of this development.

Gosh, we wouldn’t want to do anything to give the nation the impression that two significant groups in organized labor are extremely upset with Obamacare like almost everyone else, would we?

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.


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