Filed under: Capitalism, Domestic Policy, Economy, Health Care, Immigration, Politics | Tags: 11.3% of Private Sector Workforce, Declining Union Membership, ObamaCare Taxes on Benefits
Forty thousand members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have announced that they have formally ended their association with the AFL-CIO, one of the nation’s largest private sector unions. In an August 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, The ILWU President cited a long list of grievances as the reason for the end of their association, but most prominent among them was the AFL-CIO support for ObamaCare.
“President Obama ran on a platform that he would not tax medical plans, and at the 2009 AFL-CIO Convention, you stated that labor would not stand for a tax on our benefits. “But Obama pushed for just such a tax, and Trumka and the AFL-CIO bowed to political pressure, and lined up behind Obama’s tax on those plans.”
Private sector unions have fallen to an all time low participation rate in the U.S. workforce. Unionized workers now account for only 11.3 percent of the U.S. workforce. In states that have enacted right to work legislation, membership is declining significantly. You mean people don’t want to belong to a union when they aren’t forced to?
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