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Unions, employers square off over
ObamaCare costs in collective bargaining

Wall Street Journal, by Staff

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 5/27/2014 12:22:32 AM

Disputes between unions and employers over paying for new costs associated with the Affordable Care Act are roiling labor talks nationwide. Unions and employers are tussling over who will pick up the tab for new mandates, such as coverage for dependent children to age 26, as well as future costs, such as a tax on premium health plans starting in 2018. The question is poised to become a significant point of tension as tens of thousands of labor contracts covering millions of workers expire in the next several years, with ACA-related cost increases ranging from 5 percent to 12.5 percent in current talks. In Philadelphia, disagreement over how

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The bloodletting is about to begin between the unions and the dRATS. And, it´s going to make a real red line in the sand for the midterms and beyond.

      


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Unions, employers square off over
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Wall Street Journal, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/27/2014 12:22:32 AM     Post Reply
Disputes between unions and employers over paying for new costs associated with the Affordable Care Act are roiling labor talks nationwide. Unions and employers are tussling over who will pick up the tab for new mandates, such as coverage for dependent children to age 26, as well as future costs, such as a tax on premium health plans starting in 2018. The question is poised to become a significant point of tension as tens of thousands of labor contracts covering millions of workers expire in the next several years, with ACA-related cost increases ranging from 5 percent to 12.5 percent in current talks. In Philadelphia, disagreement over how

   

 

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Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/25/2014 11:16:19 PM     Post Reply
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Bagram, Afghanistan - Afghan President Hamid Karzai was offered a meeting with President Barack Obama at Bagram Air Base outside Kabul but declined, a US official said Sunday. The official said that Washington was not surprised that the meeting did not work out at short notice, after Obama arrived at the base on a surprise visit after night fell on Sunday. "As we said, we weren´t planning for a bilateral meeting with President Karzai or a trip to the palace, as this trip is focused on thanking our troops," the official said. "We did offer him the opportunity to come to Bagram, but we're not surprised that it didn't work on short notice.



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