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Repeal Would Be Bad for Our Health
Updated On: Jan 12, 2011

   Claiming that the new health care reform law regulations will burden businesses and increase the nation's deficit despite the Congressional Budget Office's report to the contrary, members of the House of Representatives wasted no time making good on their promise to roll it back. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and 161 House co-sponsors on January 5 submitted "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act" (H.R.2).
   The Obama Administration issued a statement of administration policy January 6 opposing the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, stating "it would explode the deficit, raise costs for the American people and businesses, deny an estimated 32 million people health insurance, and take us back to the days when insurers could deny, limit or drop coverage for any American." The President has said if presented with H.R. 2 he would veto it.
   A few examples of what repeal would do: It would eliminate free cancer screenings, and reinstate co-pays and deductibles for annual physicals and all associated lab test fees. Adult children (under the age of 26) would lose insurance coverage under their parents' plan. Insurance companies could drop coverage if an insured gets sick. Additionally, repeal of the bill would rescind the cost savings, anti-fraud provisions and other requirements that will keep Medicare financially solvent, and more than 4,000 employer-based health plans that have been approved for aid to offset health care costs of retired workers would lose those funds. (Information about Affordable Care Act benefits can be found at healthcare.gov.)
   It would seem that instead of engaging in such an obvious example of partisan politics, Congress should be concentrating on fully implementing the new law so that the maximum number of Americans can enjoy the benefits of health insurance coverage, prevent insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions, charging women higher rates, and imposing absurdly high premiums on older Americans.


Today in Labor History
April 18, 1941: After a four-week boycott led by Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr., bus companies in New York City agree to hire 200 black drivers and mechanics.
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    After years of unfair regulations and lack of respect, we are fighting back by forming the Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association. Our association will be backed by Teamsters Local 922 and the 1.4 million-member International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

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    More than ever, Teamsters are organizing and bargaining with multi-national companies. A key objective of our Global Strategies Campaign is to build strong alliances with unions around the globe who organize and bargain with common employers. Our focus is on workers in the emerging global supply chains – the infrastructure of globalization.
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  • There are about 350 of us who work at EXAL in Youngstown, Ohio, where we manufacture aluminum bottles for large customers like Budweiser and Coca-Cola. We are uniting with Teamsters Local 377 to improve respect and working conditions at our company. Thank you for following our webpage. Fill in the “Join Our Fight” box below with your information to receive text message updates.

  • This web page provides information on our fight against fast-track legislation. The measure requires Congress to take only a quick up-or-down vote on secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and does not allow such agreements to be amended. It limits Congress’ constitutionally mandated oversight of such trade deals and lets others decide what’s best for America. The result is fewer good-paying U.S. jobs and unsafe food and products for Americans. Read more to find out why fast track is the wrong track for Teamsters and America.

  • This is a list of Teamster locals whose members are either on strike or locked out by the employer. We will update this list on a monthly basis.

     

  • In July 2011, the plan to restructure YRC Worldwide Inc. (YRCW) aimed at saving more than 25,000 Teamster freight jobs was successfully completed. The restructuring has saved good Teamster freight jobs. This page is dedicated to providing our YRCW members updates about developments that affect them.

  • Teamsters at Republic Services/Allied Waste have stood together in recent years to fight for strong contracts, including going on strike and supporting their fellow striking workers. Workers continue to fight for strong contracts that include retirement security at the second largest solid waste company. This campaign page is dedicated to those ongoing efforts.

 
 
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