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Archive | July, 2014

ACA Briefing Paper: 10 Things Unions Need to Look Out for When Bargaining Under Obamacare

10 Things Unions Need to Look Out for When Bargaining Under Obamacare
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been the law of the land since 2010. Although its key Medicaid provision has been significantly weakened by the 2013 Supreme Court decision and it remains a target for attract and disruption by the right wing, it is clearly here to stay. The ACA is a very complex piece of legislation with a number of moving parts. (download our briefing paper)

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Please Sign the Open Letter to the AFL-CIO

As the AFL-CIO prepares for its quadrennial convention September 8-11 in Los Angeles, a number of unions have gone public to expose the new stresses that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) places on their ability to negotiate decent healthcare for their members and retirees. This is particularly true for union-supported Taft Hartley Funds, long the healthcare gold standard for working Americans.

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At the AFL-CIO Convention: Finish the Job!

Calling on the labor movement to “Finish the job! Make healthcare a human right!,” activists from the Labor Campaign for Single Payer, Labor United for Universal Healthcare and the Campaign for Healthy California were all over last week’s AFL-CIO Convention. They distributed copies of the Open Letter to the AFL-CIO, signed by over 600 union leaders and activists and attended workshops and spoke from the convention floor.

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Watch Out: the ACA is Coming! Briefing Paper Now Available

Our Briefing Paper, 10 Things Unions Need to Look Out for When Bargaining Under Obamacare has just been released. The paper examines ten threats to union-negotiated health benefits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It elaborates on the concerns expressed in Resolution 54 passed at this year’s AFL-CIO Convention. While rejecting calls for an outright repeal of Obamacare as […]

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New York Labor Gets Behind Single-Payer

The Gottfried-Perkins Bill got a shot in the arm on February 17 when two large statewide unions-1199 SEIU and CWA District 1–and the Working Families Party announced their support on February 17. “The passage of Obamacare represented a huge advance in this country,” said CWA District 1 Political Director Bob Master, “but it is not enough.”

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At Labor Notes: Organizing Our Way Out of “Labor’s Healthcare Muddle”

When activists from UNITEHERE—the union of hospitality industry workers—were recently lobbying in Washington DC in an effort to get relief from some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that are undermining the hard won healthcare coverage of the union’s mostly low-wage membership, they were told by an aide to New Jersey Senator Menendez that, “Labor needs to regress to the mean.”

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