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 disillusion of their affiliation, but prominent among them was the AFL-CIO´s support of Obamare. "We feel the Federation has done a great disservice
Lie down with the dogs and you wake up with fleas. Union members like minorities are a means to an end to the democrat party. They willingly believed everything Obama told them about keeping their health care plans. No critical reasoning required. The information was out there but they chose to ignore it. Now they´re upset? How about all the people who watched you enthusiastically support Obama in the last two elections. You helped create the monster. I applaud your epiphany, but it´s a day late and a dime short.
As the realities of Obamacare sink in the fury and rage of American voters will grow. Let´s hope they direct this anger toward all Democrat candidates running in the 2014 midterms. Democrats deserve to be severely punished for all the damage they have done to America.
FTA: 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.
This is mixed good news. Glad to see that 40,000 members think Trumka/AFL-CIO and Obama lied to them, but they evidently haven´t awakened to the reality that the quality of their healthcare will decline if they get a single-payer, nationalized healthcare.
My reading of this article indicates the reasons they are leaving is that they are even more left than the ALF-CIO. They want single payer healthcare and (mistakenly) believe the administration´s immigration plan will only okay higher wage illegal immigrants. They are even bigger fools than Trumka.
Up Close & Personal! That’s the extent of experience I had for years with private sector unions, all of which turned out bad or worse. Although, thankfully, I can claim no experience with public sector unions, I believe the very concept of them makes no sense whatsoever.
I wonder how the $700,000,000 government marketing campaign is doing with the under 40 healthy folks? You know, the ones who never bought healthcare insurance before and didn´t care if they had it or not. This signature legislation of the Jimmy Carter clone is going down like a rock in a pond.
Those 40,000 union members were nothing to obama but 40,000 votes that the dem machine didn´t have to counterfeit.
Don´t get too excited. The ILWU simply throwing out the first salvo. I suspect you will hear more calls for single-payer.
The only reason unions support illegal immigration reform is to sign-up a bunch of new voters to keep their own union benefits intact.
What they don´t see is the liberals in Silicon Valley, the liberals at the Sierra Club, the liberal lawyers all working feverishly to stop development, raise prices necessities all while they insolate themselves, both economically and geographically, from the rest of the Democrat party.
The more that people want single payer over Obamacare, the better the chance for getting rid of both ideas.
If support for Obamacare craters among the loyal lofo Dem base in favor of single-payer, the Congress would never pass another worse nationalized healthcare law with it´s current make-up.
Plus, the harder the Obama regime fights to defend Obamacare, the worse it will get for them politically. When young people get socked with a $5,000 annual healthcare bill, the glazed looks of undying support for Obama will quickly get the stipease treatment.
We currently have a single payer system, known as Medicare. We also have a mammoth group known as AARP, in existence because the esteemed single payer system leaves major gaps in patient´s health care reimbursement. Without Medigap insurance or secondary health care coverage, patients can go bankrupt if taken ill. Furthermore, MANY providers will not accept Medicare, period. Even if a patient has secondary health care insurance that would make the provider reimbursement "whole" , the provider simply does not want to even interact with Medicare. This is factual, first hand experioence, not my opinion
But do Longshoreman eat at MacDonalds? What happened to all those people who left their jobs. Nothing in the news, so I´m guessing they were replaced within days by people who thought $7.25 an hour was better than nothing.
Unions, as they are currently constituted, have long out lived their usefulness. Yes, there was a time when they were necessary, but times have changed. Nowadays, unions seem to be more engaged with politics than with working for their members. The entire union structure needs to be torn down and start all over again, from the ground up. The laws that govern unions must be revoked and re-written. At lest, that´s my take.
And #33 has very good input as to what is happening with medicare. Yes, there are a good many healthcare givers that have opted out of the system, and it´s going to grow by leaps and bounds once Obozocare if fully implemented.
The longshoremen took their time to realize what democrats are all about - and it ISN´T about "the people." Remember what Hillary said to Bill during their first open tour of the WH for the public, "We just screwed all of these people." That was caught on C-SPAN cameras/microphones in Feb 1993.
And obama/hillary are still doing it - but it is now like they are both on power-steroids.
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