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Obamacare, Not ‘Right to Work’ Bigger Threat to Unions

February 6th, 2013 by Mark Truman · No Comments

Unions are in a tizzy over so called “right to work” legislation pending in Jefferson City:

Riverfront Times:

Labor groups in Missouri are headed to Jefferson City this morning to push back against a bill that they say is misleading — and threatens the core of basic union organizing. The fight is over the state’s right-to-work proposal, which has already garnered some backlash, despite the fact that it’ll be tough to pass with a Democratic governor in charge. Read more…

According to the recent Wall Street Journal article, “right to work” is not the only pending threat to labor organizing new members:

Mr. Beall worries this will give small, nonunion contractors who don’t provide health insurance an edge in getting work. Those with fewer than 50 workers won’t have to pay a penalty for not providing health insurance and their workers can tap federally subsidized plans, giving the contractors an insured workforce at lower cost.

The Sheet Metal Workers International Association helped push for passage of the health law. Mr. Beall said he still believes everyone should have health insurance, but worries the law is undermining the union’s ability to offer coverage.

“If we’re not offering our members insurance and pension, why would you want to be union?” he asked. Read more…

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