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Backfire: Obamacare fallout continues as 40,000 longshoremen quit AFL-CIO

By Doug Powers  •  September 2, 2013 01:18 PM

**Written by Doug Powers


Democrats received Big Labor support for Obamacare because of promises that unions would have priority access to lifeboats when the whole thing started to sink. Now, some union heads are coming to the harsh realization that they were duped, and membership is expressing their dissatisfaction:

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 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.

If the ILWU is upset at Obamacare’s negative effect on their “Cadillac” health plans, wait until their dream of single payer is a reality (the wreckage of Obamacare is merely a stepping stone to single payer, according to Harry Reid, who accidentally told the truth recently). This is kind of like trying to halt your arteriosclerosis by funneling hydrogenated oil.

Not so coincidentally, around the same time 40,000 longshoremen–and more importantly, their dues payments–were leaving the AFL-CIO, the head of that union held a press conference saying he’s not really angry or anything but somebody needs to fix the law, pronto! Hard to feel sorry for him:

Cue the tiny violin.

**Written by Doug Powers

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