Area workers give Marriott a wake-up call on health care and contract negotiations.
Some in Congress are vacillating after the Massachusetts vote, but labor leaders see a clear and rapid path forward to enacting health reform.
WASHINGTON (PAI)--Democratic President Barack Obama tried Jan. 11 to convince top union leaders to drop labor's opposition to taxing workers' health care benefits.
The full text of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka's speech on labor's agenda for a new economy at the National Press Club.
A major union leader, commenting on CBO claims that employers will pass along, in the form of raises, cost savings that result from a tax on workers' health benefits said today that, "They may also believe in the tooth fairy."
At a press conference yesterday a liberal House Democrat leading the congressional push against the Senate plan to tax workers' health benefits said the plan would cost Democratic seats.
A coalition of congressional progressives, the labor movement, and health reform advocates wants to see the final bill include taxes on the wealthy instead of health insurance plans.
For the health care bill that is emerging in the Senate "to be worthy of the support of working men and women, substantial changes must be made," declared Richard Trumka.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka speaks out on the most recent version of the Senate health care bill.
A clear position on the latest Senate compromises did not emerge from closed-door meetings of the nation's labor leaders last night, but labor remains determined.