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Topic - Richard L. Trumka
Union backing for Obamacare boosted government, not workers
That was the scent of desperation wafting through the Los Angeles Convention Center last week, taunting the once strong and proud AFL-CIO. The unions' annual meeting usually attracts the movement's militant fringe, the better to present demands for bigger government handouts and to engage in free-market bashing. This time was different. The unions need allies so desperately that it wants to absorb liberal advocacy groups as "union affiliates," to give standing to groups that have no actual union standing.
Even early Obamacare backers are starting to wonder whether they made a colossal blunder. It wasn't so long ago that Labor aided President Obama in ramming his health care scheme through Congress, fully expecting to win exemptions for unions as a reward for their service. Today, union leaders are upset that their multiemployer health care plans aren't eligible for federal tax subsidies.
A "living wage" bill that has sparked a running tiff between Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and D.C. lawmakers is expected to reach the desk of Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Friday.
The chief of America's top labor group said Thursday that President Obama's health care law is a step in the right direction but it "wasn't thought completely through" and he is speaking to the White House about how to fix it.
Congress careened over the edge of the fiscal cliff at midnight, but a solution was in the offing after the Senate voted early Tuesday to approve a deal that combined tax-rate hikes and new stimulus spending, along with a two-month delay of automatic spending cuts.
The nation's largest labor federation says it is ready to unleash a new and improved political program ahead of the November elections, with expanded outreach and more volunteers than past elections.
When Harry Kelber announced his intention to run for president next year of the nation's largest labor organization, he carefully planned his campaign message. But he also had something else to plan -- his 98th birthday party.
General Electric Co. plans to hire 5,000 veterans over the next five years and invest $580 million to expand its aviation business.
A day after enlisting veterans to help him fight congressional Republicans for a second economic stimulus plan, President Obama joined forces with big labor and big business Wednesday to pressure lawmakers for more spending on federal construction projects.
The AFL-CIO has not decided yet if it will participate in next year's Democratic National Convention, as labor union members ponder whether President Obama has earned their support heading into next year's elections, the organization's head said Thursday.
Union leaders will unleash a concerted attack against Republican candidates and their "right-wing agenda" beginning this Labor Day weekend as they rally to stem expected Democratic losses in November's midterm elections.
THE WASHINGTON TIMES Labor and Hispanic groups yesterday told senators to scrap their immigration bill and go back to the drawing board, saying that the proposal now before the Senate has become too harsh on illegal aliens and a poor deal for U.S. workers.
Even AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka admitted this year that "we made some mistakes" in writing Obamacare, and did not expect to see employers reduce work hours to avoid some of the law's penalties.
Union chieftain Richard L. Trumka says Obamacare was a step in the right direction, but that it "wasn't thought completely through" and there are "inadvertent holes" in it.