Is Obamacare Stealing Your Benefits?
They also note that employers have an incentive to keep workers' hours below 30 hours a week. Because of this, not only are union members losing their pay, but they are also losing their current health benefits. Furthermore, many union health insurance plans are non-profit and governed jointly by unions and companies under the Taft-Hartley Act. But the Obama administration is interpreting the ACA so that union members will be treated differently "and not be eligible for subsidies afforded other citizens," the union bosses claim. As such, they argue, many employees will be relegated to second-class status and shut out of the help the law offers to for-profit insurance plans.
The union leaders are getting increasingly urgent: "Time is running out: Congress wrote this law; we voted for you. We have a problem; you need to fix it. The unintended consequences of the ACA are severe."
The Teamsters, UFCW or UNITE-HERE were all contacted but declined comment.
One union that did comment when asked was the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Spokesperson Jim Spellane said that his union is focusing on the provision of the ACA that concerns Multiple Employer Health Plans, which affects his members.
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