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The Culinary Union Wants To Change The Affordable Care Act
The Culinary Union Wants To Change The Affordable Care Act

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AIR DATE: July 29, 2013

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D. Taylor, President, UNITE Here

BY MARIE ANDRUSEWICZ -- Add labor unions to the list of those calling for reform of the Affordable Care Act. Leaders of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the United Food and Commercial Workers and UNITE Here sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to voice their fears -- that the ACA as it stands offers “perverse incentives” for employers to end the 40-hour work week, which union leaders view as the backbone of the middle class.

“We’ve seen a proliferation of employers cutting people back to less than 30 hours to evade the penalty ... so you’ve got a loss of income, you do not get health insurance, and the employer doesn’t have a penalty so it’s the worst of all worlds,” says D. Taylor, President of UNITE Here.

Taylor says that so far employers on the Las Vegas Strip aren’t talking about cutting hours for culinary workers, but that the Darden restaurant chain, operator of Red Lobster and Olive Garden among others, has said publicly that they’re going to make sure that their workers do not work 30 hours in order to avoid the penalty.

“In any major legislation – social security did this, civil rights did this – they have to go back and try to fix the unintended consequences that have occurred. They’ve done this in every major piece of legislation that has come through Congress in the last 150 years. This is no different,” says Taylor.

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    COMMENTS:
    This is the sort of thing that happens with socialized things, including medicine. How about everyone just pay for their own health care like most people did just 60 years ago? You know, when a doctor actually came to your house, and then charged a low, reasonable fee? That's what a free market in health care would do: reduce prices and increase quality. And, that's the exact opposite of what a monopoly system (socialized medicine) would necessarily do, which is increase prices and reduce quality.
    Tom HurstJul 29, 2013 13:04:59 PM
    And me the line level worker feels stuck in the middle of the competing giants. I desperately want healthcare so I am paying dues but never getting enough hours to qualify. I am having my shifts slashed and having a union too weak/ distracted to really do anything about it. I need a second job but with unpredictable hours I am double booked and end up calling out. This whole thing is a mess! Maybe everyone should look at reform.
    JJul 27, 2013 14:34:03 PM
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