In a letter announcing an end of their “formal ties” to one of the largest unions in the United States, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) cited a fairly comprehensive list of grievances that led to its removal from the AFL-CIO, prominent among them being the workers union’s insistence on supporting policies that directly hurt members of its organization, such as Obamacare.
“The ILWU has also become increasingly frustrated with the Federation (AFL-CIO)’s moderate, overly compromising policy positions on such important matters as immigration, labor law reform, health care reform, and international labor laws,” wrote ILWU international president Robert McEllrath.
McEllrath said the AFL-CIO promised its members it would never support a health care policy that would tax their health benefits. However, the AFL-CIO “lobbied affiliates to support a bill” that does exactly that.
The ILWU also cited differences of opinion with the union’s support of immigration reform and stressed that long waiting periods on the path to citizenship favors large corporations and well-connected, highly educated workers in the nation instead of the working class. ”We cannot continue to compromise on the issues that benefit and protect the working men and women of America.”
The unintended consequences of Obamacare – and the Obama presidency in general – continue to rise. The AFL-CIO is the latest casualty, losing over 40,000 of its members due to what many believe to be the union’s strict and blind support of Obama-supported policies that, ironically, do not help the “working men and women of America”.