Posted: July 18, 2013 by Jesse Russell
By Doug Cunningham
Presidents of three unions are calling on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to fix the Affordable Care Act’s impact on union health care plans. James Hoffa of the teamsters, Joe Hanson of the Untied Food and Commercial Workers and UNITE-HERE President D. Taylor expressed deep concern over the impact the Affordable Care Act will have. The union leaders say without an”equitable fix” the health care reform will shatter not only hard-earned union health benefits but the foundation of the basic 40 hour work week. The union presidents say their concerns so far have been met with a “stone wall” at the White House. Among their concerns are that the health care reform law creates “perverse incentives” that include an incentive for employers to keep work hours limited to 30 per week. They also say non-profit health care plans operated jointly by employers and unions under the Taft-Hartley Act are threatened because union employees will be treated differently when it comes to insurance subsidies. The union leaders say common-sense corrections can be made to how the law is interpreted but time is running out to fix it.