Union: Obamacare will slash wages by up to $5 an hour

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This is from The Washington Examiner.

The Unions chickens are coming home to roost.

You union morons pushed for universal healthcare die with it.

Now you have Obzozcare so live with it.

Our you  cloud join Republicans in repealing and replacing Obozocare.

Yipes I said unions could work with Republicans.

Your DemocRat buddies are saying shut up and take one for the team.

A national union that represents 300,000 low-wage hospitality workers charges in a new report that Obamacare will slam wages, cut hours, limit access to health insurance and worsen the very “income equality”President Obama says he is campaigning to fix.

Unite Here warned that due to Obamacare’s much higher costs for health insurance than what union workers currently pay, the result will be a pay cut of up to $5 an hour. “If employers follow the incentives in the law, they will push families onto the exchanges to buy coverage. This will force low-wage service industry employees to spend $2.00, $3.00 or even $5.00 an hour of their pay to buy similar coverage,” said the union in a new report.

“Only in Washington could asking the bottom of the middle class to finance health care for the poorest families be seen as reducing inequality,” said the report from Unite Here. “Without smart fixes, the ACA threatens the middle class with higher premiums, loss of hours, and a shift to part-time work and less comprehensive coverage,” said the report, titled, “The Irony of Obamacare: Making Inequality Worse.”

Based on government and private reports, polling and statements from administration officials, the report, to be sent to pro-union members in Congress, charges that low-wage workers are taking the hit under Obamacare, while wealthy insurance companies fatten up on government subsidies.

Union head Donald “D.” Taylor, in a note also being sent to Congress, demands changes and admits to being reluctant to bash a president his union supported.

“Believe me; I enter this entire debate about the consequences of the ACA with a deep reluctance,” he wrote. “Unite Here was the first union to endorse then-Senator Obama. We support the addition of health care to millions of Americans. Yet facts are facts, and Obamacare will cost our members the equivalent of a significant pay cut to keep their hard-won benefits.”

Taylor and other union leaders have criticized Obamacare before. His union’s report was uploaded by Ralston Reports.

Unite Here’s document charges that the administration is putting union health care into a “death spiral.” It endorsed criticism that employers will move workers to part-time status to avoid the requirement that those working 30 hours or more a week be provided health insurance — or else the company pays a penalty. And it says the Affordable Care Act will shift workers from union insurance to the more expensive Obamacare health exchanges, costing them up to half of their pay to cover premiums.

“The information addresses the very unfortunate irony of Obamacare,” Taylor said in his letter about the report. “Namely, that it will inevitably lead to the destruction of the health care plans we were promised we could keep. And, as a result, it will lead to greater income inequality for the very segment of the population Obamacare should want to help most.”

Taylor also suggested that Democrats in Washington are telling unions to stop griping about the impact of Obamacare on their members. He quoted a Senate aide saying, “Labor needs to regress to the mean.” Said Taylor: “In other words, roll back what you have and take one for the team. Ironic, given that Congress and the president carved out an exemption for staffers on the ACA. We cannot sit idly by as the politicians carve up our health plans while they carve out exceptions for themselves and every special interest feeding at the trough in Washington.”


Labor unions have some wild ideas about ‘work’

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This is from Florida

Unions doing their best worst to abuse taxpayers.

I think unions have outlived their usefulness.


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2). No shows at work

Dozens of Miami-Dade County employees often don’t bother to show up for work, and instead, opt to spend their time working as union reps, on the taxpayers’ dime. County Commissioner Esteban Bovo told Florida Watchdog this is costing taxpayers anywhere from $12 million to $24 million annually.

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3). A gamble where everyone wins

Martin Mulhall, a groundkeeper for Mardi Gras Gaming in Hallandale Beach, Fla., alleged the Florida casino traded the personal information of nonunion employees to UNITE-HERE, a hospitality union, in exchange for the union’s endorsement of a bill that would expand gambling in the state.

Mulhall said that the union used the personal information, as well as access to casino grounds, to wage a 2004 card-check campaign, which would allow labor organizing at the casino without a secret ballot election. The groundskeeper and his attorney argued that the casino, in giving the union the personal information of employees, violated federal labor law.

On Dec. 10, the Supreme Court ruled to dismiss an appeal from UNITE HERE Local 355 without deciding whether its agreement with Mardi Gras Gaming is valid.



4) The ‘pushing’ power  

The Miami police union, just one week before union negotiations, produced a video warning job applicants not to work for them. “Are you looking to advance in your career? Do not apply to be a police officer in the City of Miami,” says the 16-second clip, shown in the Fraternal Order of Police website.



5) Meetings: Not open to public

According to The Times-Union, Jacksonville mayor’s office worked secretly with the Police and Fire Pension Board in a carefully organized  ruse to iron out a pension deal. The secret meeting appeared to be a violation of the state’s Sunshine Law that says all collective-bargaining meetings must be open to the public.











On the flip side, being a unionized employee has its advantages. According to a 2011Bureau of Labor Statistics report, unionized workers typically earn higher pay than nonunion workers doing the same job. Although it varies based on industry and occupation, the overall averages are striking. In 2010, union workers’ median weekly income was $917, compared to  $717 for nonunion workers.

According to the New York Times, in Florida, one in 20 of workers in the state belongs to a union.


Pulling back the curtain on union front organizations


This is from The Tampa Tribune.

I am going to borrow a line from Casablanca.

Captain Renault: I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!

I am(not) shocked the United Food and Commercial Workers union is

hiring useful idiots to do their bidding.

I hope to see the day the unions are broken.


Over the past year, groups called worker centers — also called union front organizations or UFOs — have launched repeated “days of action” against multiple fast-food and retail businesses, including here in Florida. They have urged non-union workers to go on strike and claim that thousands of employees have walked off their jobs in solidarity. They maintain that a whole new social movement is spearheading these protests.

Although making for good media, the reality hasn’t been quite so grandiose. In fact, the supposedly massive protests and strikes launched against various employers have typically involved a small cadre of paid union organizers and like-minded compatriots from what might be described as the professional agitating class, whose tactics seem intended primarily to satisfy an itch for excitement and generate press. Very few actual workers seem to be participating.

This truth is revealed in public court documents filed in a Florida lawsuit involving the UFO “OUR Walmart,” which portrays itself as an organic movement of Wal-Mart associates. In reality, OUR Walmart is simply an arm of the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW), which has been trying to unionize Wal-Mart for years.

Although there are many UFOs in existence, OUR Walmart is one of the most active, so the court documents provide a particularly relevant example of how these groups operate and what really goes into a typical “day of action.”

First, the public documents reveal that OUR Walmart consists primarily of paid UFCW staff, not Wal-Mart associates. Aside from these professional organizers, the UFCW also brings in interns to provide bodies for demonstrations. The UFCW provides media and public relations support for the allegedly independent OUR Walmart, and drafts the literature distributed by the group. Finally, the UFCW plans, organizes, directs, and carries out OUR Walmart protests.

Second, the UFCW supplements the ranks of its “protestors” with staff from other unions and union-funded allies. For example, planning for a 2012 “strike” at a Florida Wal-Mart was coordinated with the UFCW, UNITE-HERE, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Interfaith Workers for Justice. UFCW worked with all of these groups to ensure that their protest would look significant.

Coordination for other Florida protests was carried out with groups such as Such coordination was apparently needed — in an email sent during the planning for a Miami demonstration one staffer warned that “turnout will be low,” and in another email a lead organizer plaintively refers to “one” Wal-Mart associate who supposedly wanted to go on strike.

What might be described as amateur pranks are another hallmark of UFOs. During one demonstration, a small group of protesters infiltrated a Wal-Mart store to launch an obscenity-laced “flash-mob.” In another instance, six participants drove a van equipped with a projection camera and speakers into a Wal-Mart parking lot so they could beam self-made movies against an outside wall of the store. Organizers of a November 2012 protest instructed a small group of union staff to “trickle into the [Wal-Mart] lot a few at a time so we don’t tip our hand.” In an email sent to his colleagues, one of those organizers stated: “I like the idea of having customer ‘plants’ leave the [checkout] line to join the action. Are there a few folks we can send over early to stand in line?” Authentic grassroots, this is not.

The public court documents highlight the nature of OUR Walmart’s activities, but they could just as easily describe the numerous fast food protests as well. These so-called strikes have been organized and staffed by the SEIU, one of the country’s largest unions, but also seem to lack much employee support.

Despite the picture painted by the SEIU and UFCW, the various and sundry protest activities sponsored by these unions have yet to spark the desired mass uprising. Long on headlines but short on participants, this seems less a social movement than an outlet for wanna-be revolutionaries.

Glenn Spencer is vice president of the Workforce Freedom Initiative at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. See more at www.


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