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In what is being reported as a surprise move, the 40,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced that they have formally ended their association with the AFL-CIO, one of the nation's largest private sector unions. The Longshoremen citied Obamacare and immigration reform as two important causes of their disaffiliation.
In an August 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, ILWU President Robert McEllrath cited quite a list of grievances as reasons for the disillusion of their affiliation, but prominent among them was the AFL-CIO's support of Obamare.
"We feel the Federation has done a great disservice to the labor movement and all working people by going along to get along," McEllrath wrote in the letter to Trumka.
The ILWU President made it clear they are for a single-payer, nationalized healthcare policy and are upset with the AFL-CIO for going along with Obama on the confiscatory tax on their "Cadillac" healthcare plan.
The Longshoreman leader said, "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, regardless of that promise, the President has pushed for just such a tax and Trumka and the AFL-CIO bowed to political pressure lining up behind Obama's tax on those plans.
McEllrath also went on to say that they support stronger immigration reform than the AFL-CIO is supporting.
One ILWU committeeman was even harsher on both the AFL-CIO and the President. ILWU Coast Committeeman Leal Sundet criticized the AFL-CIO telling that Trumka was marching "in lockstep" with Obama both on the "Cadillac healthcare tax" as well as immigration.
Sundet slammed Obama's immigration plan saying it is "designed to give [only] highly-paid workers a real path to citizenship."
Private sector unions have fallen to an all time low participation rate in the US workforce. Unionized workers now account for only 11.3 percent of the US workforce.
"In 4 more OMao years you won't like how America looks....I guarantee it."
“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” -- Thomas Jefferson
The house of cards my be starting to fall.
Oh that row of dominoes started to fall long ago. They keep trying to break the chain but everytime they make a move they knock over another one. The house of cards is rather protected but at the end of the dominoes it sits. Waiting. Though I think all their running around trying to stop it will make the breeze that topples it eventually. . Well hopefully. You cannot manipulate as much as our government does without eventually offending everyone on at least three points and three points is when someone gets so unhappy that the point they like about you doesnt stand on its own. That's what is happening to the gop. The gop suffers from this more because they keep "compromising" shaving all points equally.

Everyone is bitching about how Republicans are caving in on immigration now. Hey morons who gave the last round of illegal immigrant amnesty?.. they bitch about obama forbidding importing military surplus arms. Hey morons which president banned imports on rifles of that sort except for military surplus? They bitch about gun bans. Hey morons which president signed the only true federal ban on specific weapons? They bitch about a balanced budget debt and deficits. Hey morons which president sported the largest deficit and debt before obama? That's three points for the last three Republican presidents.. shaving those three legs wasnt a good idea.. now obama is shaving everywhere as well. It's only time..instead of single payer, keeping us in war, ready to start a new war, the patriot act, nsa, false transparency, etc... trust me this president is doing his part in destroying the foundation of his party and the country. He might be the best thing we have for change.... We'll see..

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