Remember: Harry Reid assured us that Obamacare is wonderful and that all the “horror stories” about the Affordable Care Act are lies.
Looks like the casino workers in Las Vegas disagree. They don’t want it.
On Feb. 20, thousands of housekeepers, porters, cooks, cocktail servers, and others represented by Nevada’s largest union, the Culinary Union Local 226, voted to end a contract extension the workers agreed to last summer. The union wants to maintain its current benefits — including health care coverage at no cost to workers, pensions, and guaranteed 40-hour workweeks.
Rising health care costs due to provisions in the Affordable Care Act could put those benefits in jeopardy, the union says.
“The biggest hurdle to reaching settlements in Vegas is the new costs imposed on our health plan by Obamacare,” Donald “D” Taylor, president of Unite Here, the parent union of CU Local 226, told BuzzFeed in a statement. “Even though the president and Congress promised we could keep our health plan, the reality is, unless the law is fixed, that won’t be true.”
On March 20, workers will have the opportunity to decide whether or not they would want to walk off the job at several hotels, including the Stratosphere, the Riviera, and the Plaza.
The vote won’t implement an immediate strike but it would give the union leaders the authority they need to call a strike at any time.
So if Obamacare is so great and beneficial, why aren’t all these unions thanking the administration and supporting the law rather than striking over it? Are union members especially vulnerable to “lies” from Republicans? Do hotel and casino workers constitute a big segment of Fox News audience to learn their political opinions? Do they listen to Rush Limbaugh and believe what he says?
Or is the Affordable Care Act a poisonous piece of oppression and Harry Reid a lying sack of garbage?
In the meantime, this gives us more hope for 2014. Allow me to remind us of a Washington Post story from a few weeks back:
Labor leaders who have spent months lobbying unsuccessfully for special protections under the Affordable Care Act warned this week that the White House’s continued refusal to help is dampening union support for Democratic candidates in this year’s midterm elections.
Leaders of two major unions, including the first to endorse Obama in 2008, said they have been betrayed by an administration that wooed their support for the 2009 legislation with promises to later address the peculiar needs of union-negotiated insurance plans that cover millions of workers.
So what we can hope and pray for is that the unions don’t get what they want and continue to feel betrayed.
And, of course, that the Republicans don’t damage themselves right in front of the finish line.