Obamacare Full of Favors for Big Labor. Big Unions killing the nation’s economy.
Posted January 14, 2010on:
Unions have done more harm to workers in the past 40 years than any other entity. When I was born in 1941 in the Northern Ohio Valley where steel was king and there were steel mills all along the Ohio River from the Mason-Dixon Line to the Pennsylvania border. By 1975 these once thriving steel mills were closed down and the towns and cities along the river who depended on these mills were almost ghost towns. The unions had finally pushed the companies to move their entire operations overseas. The unions and their demands killed the workers jobs! Now we see Big Labor Unions on the loose again because they have a friend and ally in the White House. I have never understood why union members don’t understand that their own union is not representing them or their interest when their demands actually shut a company down. Isn’t a job with a bit fewer benefits better than no job at all?
Now big labor is coming after everyones job and dead set upon destroying the nation. They are doing this by having union members exempted from paying their fair share while receiving the lions share of benefits from the federal government. It is something like a special privileged group of people in the dining room pigging out at a banquet while the ship is sinking instead of grabbing a bucket and doing some heavy bailing like the rest of the passengers when maybe their extra help bailing will keep the ship afloat.
Unions strongly objected to the excise tax on “Cadillac” health plans. By some estimates the tax would hit one in four union members. Union lobbyists pressured the White House to drop that tax. After a high-profile meeting between Obama and union lobbyists on Monday, the unions apparently have gotten what they asked for: the excise tax will not apply to collectively bargained health plans. The tax that unions found so onerous will now apply to everyone but them.
That is just one of the many handouts unions get in the health care bill. It sets aside $5 billion to subsidize the costs of employer health benefits for early retirees. Few non-union employers, of course, pay pension and health benefits for workers to retire at 55.
the small business exemption from the employer mandate for businesses with less than 50 employees. All businesses, that is, except construction companies. The costly employer mandate applies to any construction firm with more than four workers. Why would Congress kick small construction contractors when they are down? Because the construction unions asked Congress to. They did not want their small competitors to get out from under the bill’s costs and gain a competitive advantage. What if those costs put small contractors out of business? That is just too bad.
Obama’s handouts for unions go beyond the health care bill:
• All that federal spending on public works construction projects? The President’s Executive Order on Project Labor Agreements reserves most of those jobs for union members.
• The Detroit bailout was bad policy in its own right. Now the pensions of union retirees at GM subsidiaries will get generous taxpayer top-ups to prevent benefit cuts. The pension plans of non-union retirees, however, will not get a cent.
• The law requires unions to partner with federal “green job” training programs. Union members will stand first in line for the “green jobs” Obama talks about creating.