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PRESS RELEASE: NV State AFL-CIO Calls on Congress, Obama to Fix the Affordable Care Act
August 21, 2013
LAS VEGAS, NV - Today, the Nevada State AFL-CIO unanimously passed a resolution at its 57th Annual Constitutional Convention urging Congress and the Obama Administration to make regulatory changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in order to protect the current health plans managed by Taft-Hartley laws. As it is currently written, the ACA will have serious negative consequences on the collectively bargained healthcare of families all over the country.
"Our members fight hard every day to put food on the table and provide for their families, and we must fight just as hard to ensure that their benefits are protected for years to come," said Danny Thompson, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Nevada State AFL-CIO. "This resoltuion shows that all of our labor members across the board are committed to making sure that any changes to our nation's health care system are done so in the best interest of working people, and do not negatively impact their way of life."
The resolution clearly explains that union members are merely seeking to keep the health care plans they currently have. President Obama and Congress promised union members that they would be able to keep their current health plans - but that promise is now under threat due to how the ACA is being implimented.
"We simply want to keep the health plans we currently have - nothing more or less," said Geoconda Arguello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 226. "We certainly aren't looking for upgrades or special treatment - merely to keep the gains we have worked so hard to attain over the decades."
The resolution - one of the first of its kind in the country - goes on to outline the unintended consequences of the ACA including threatening the 40 hour work week, higher taxes on less coverage, and the potential disappearance of Taft-Hartley plans, which have been the bedrock of labor-management relations since 1947. To find out more about Taft-Hartley health care plans, you can visit www.nccmp.org.
In addition to today's resolution, a number of union and non-union organizations have increasingly been expressing similar exasperation with the slow pace of the Administration to fix aspects of the ACA that will allow the system to work in the interests of all Americans. Recently, union leaders from across the country issued a letter to Congressional leadership asking for a fix to the same issues. The resolution passed by the state federation shows a growing push from within the labor movement for Congress to consider the severity of the issue.
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