Citing "ObamaCare" and "immigration reform", Longshoremen quit AFL/CIO

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Citing "ObamaCare" and "immigration reform", Longshoremen quit AFL/CIO

Post  Anti Federalist on Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:42 pm

For AFL/CIO not being sufficiently "leftist".

Or so it would seem.

Actually, I'm pleased. The more people realize the two party sham for what it is, the better off we'll all be.

http://my.firedoglake.com/wendydavis/2013/09/02/labor-day-hooray-longshoremen-cut-ties-with-afl-cio/

The ILWU has also become increasingly frustrated with the Federation’s moderate, overly compromising policy positions on such important matters as immigration, labor law reform, health care reform, and international labor issues. We feel the Federation has done a great disservice to the labor movement and all working people by going along to get along. The Federation has not stood its ground on issues that are most important to our members. 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. Yet the Federation later lobbied affiliates to support a bill that taxed our health care plans. Similarly, the AFL-CIO and the ILWU have historically supported comprehensive immigration reform with a clear path to citizenship that protects undocumented workers from firings, deportations, and the denial of their rights. However, the immigration bill you recently asked us to support imposes extremely long waiting periods on the path to citizenship and favors workers with higher education and profitability to corporations, as opposed to the undocumented workers such as janitors and farm workers who would greatly benefit from the protections granted by legalization. As a labor movement, we need to stand up and be the voice for our members and working people. We cannot continue to compromise on the issues that benefit and protect the working men and women of America.

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