Unions lash out at ObamaCare regs

January 29, 2014, 02:33 pm

Unions lash out at ObamaCare regs

By Kevin Bogardus

Leaders of major labor unions say they are “bitterly disappointed” with the regulatory changes made to ObamaCare, arguing they do little to help workers who are suffering under the law.

In a letter dated Monday, leaders of major unions told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that proposed regulations for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would do nothing to help union health plans.

They said the administration has failed to address their concerns about worker health plans, and the healthcare law threatens to lower living standards for the working class.

“It would be a sad irony if the signature legislative accomplishment of an administration committed to reducing income inequality cut living standards for middle income and low wage workers,” the labor leaders wrote. Continue reading “Unions lash out at ObamaCare regs”

These 5 maps show unions are losing ground in the states

These 5 maps show unions are losing ground in the states

  • By Niraj Chokshi January 27 at 6:00 am

The state of the unions is weak. Or, at least, weakening.

Over the past decade, the share of workers who are union members has fallen in 43 states while the share of jobs represented by unions has declined in 41 states, according to an analysis of new and historical Labor Department data. The new figures out Friday showed that 11.3 percent of wage and salary workers were union members in 2013, the same as the year prior but down from a notch above 20 percent three decades earlier. Membership in 2013 was highest in New York, at 24.4 percent, and lowest in North Carolina, at 3 percent.

But Friday’s data offer only a snapshot. Unions have suffered losses of members, representation, approval and powers in recent years. Continue reading “These 5 maps show unions are losing ground in the states”

Obama: Give me fast track trade

Obama: Give me fast track trade

By Amie Parnes – 01/21/14 06:00 AM EST

The White House is making a major push to convince Congress to give the president trade promotion authority, which would make it easier for President Obama to negotiate pacts with other countries.

A flurry of meetings has taken place in recent days since legislation was introduced to give the president the authority, with U.S. Trade Representative Mike Froman meeting with approximately 70 lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate.

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough has also been placing calls and meeting with key Democratic lawmakers in recent days to discuss trade and other issues. Continue reading “Obama: Give me fast track trade”

Case could destroy pillar of union power

Case could destroy pillar of union power

etty ImagesBy Kevin Bogardus – 01/20/14 04:00 PM EST

Labor unions are at risk of having one of their most successful organizing tactics nullified by the Supreme Court.
Those deals have helped boost public sector unions in several states at a time when overall union membership is declining.

Business and conservative-leaning groups are pushing the Supreme Court to overturn the deals, arguing they violate the Constitution by requiring workers to punch a union card.

Labor unions see the legal challenge as another attempt to weaken their influence and warn the disabled and elderly could pay a heavy price. Continue reading “Case could destroy pillar of union power”

Unions back super-PAC supporting Republican centrists

Unions back super-PAC supporting Republican centrists

By Kevin Bogardus – 01/16/14 06:00 AM EST

 

Labor unions are funneling cash to a super-PAC tied to a former lawmaker that is working to elect centrist Republicans to Congress.

Unions have contributed about $765,000 so far to the Defending Main Street Super-PAC, which is associated with former GOP lawmaker Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio), according to Federal Election Commission records. 

LaTourette was considered one of the more labor-friendly Republicans while on Capitol Hill, and those relationships are paying dividends in his new career as a lobbyist and Republican power broker. Continue reading “Unions back super-PAC supporting Republican centrists”