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Stephen Kruiser

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September 13, 2013 - 3:28 pm

Trouble in paradise.

The unions have mounted an aggressive effort to change the administration’s mind. They argue that their plans serve a different purpose, and a different group, than traditional employer-based plans, and they deserve a waiver.

They also make a raw political argument that they helped the Obama administration pass the law, and they deserve to be taken care of during implementation. “This is especially stinging because other stakeholders have repeatedly received successful interpretations for their respective grievances,” the three unions wrote in their letter. “Most disconcerting of course is last week’s huge accommodation for the employer community—extending the statutorily mandated ‘December 31, 2013′ deadline for the employer mandate and penalties.”

Tonight, the effort failed. A senior administration official tells me that the administration “does not see a legal way for individuals in multiemployer group health plans to receive individual market tax credits as well as the favorable tax treatment associated with employer-provided health insurance at the same time.”

If there is anything having to do with the implementation of this law that hasn’t proven to be a nightmare thus far, it is a better kept secret than the reason people keep hiring Keith Olbermann. There are still a few far-left cheerleaders for Obamacare but the reality is that both the people who bitterly opposed it and those who staunchly advocated for it are now admitting that it’s going to be a nightmare.

(almost) Four more years.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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"does not see a legal way..."
Since when did this administration give a damn about anything legal?
The union just hasn't sent a large enough check yet.
Don't worry, there will be some administrative rule that will give the unions what they want - it's just that "O" is putting the squeeze on their checkbook first.
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There is still one remedy that would satisfy almost everybody.....repeal the damn thing!
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What many seem to be forgetting here, as we all take pleasure is watching the Union ox being gored, is that it many NOT be a matter of the unions not being able to get a sweetheart deal as it is the unions realizing too late that they are dealing with an administration composed of true believers.

In other words, their counterparts in the administration may truly believe Obamacare will be wonderful and hence are reluctant to save the unions from the Utopia they seek to create.

There is also the possibility that the administration, already feeling heat as the disaster that is Obamacare unfolds, is reluctant to give their own political opponents more ammunition to use against the administration.

If the choice is forcing the unions to fall on their swords, or the administration falling on their own swords on behalf of the unions - it ain't rocket science to figure out who will end up skewered.
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"does not see a legal way..."
Since when did this administration give a damn about anything legal?
The union just hasn't sent a large enough check yet.
Don't worry, there will be some administrative rule that will give the unions what they want - it's just that "O" is putting the squeeze on their checkbook first.
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These morons don't realize they wouldn't exist without the 'employer community'. They should change their name to AFL-CIO-OOPS, to serve as a reminder to how stupid, greedy, and venal they are.
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That's not really true anymore. There is almost no true private sector unionization in the US. The 7-8% of the so-called private sector workforce that is unionized work almost exclusively in Third Sector enterprises that are wholly dependent on government funding, e.g. defense, aerospace, public construction, are heavily permitted and regulated by government, e.g., large projects, airlines and other transportation, autos and other heavy manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, atomic, or which are government monopolies, e.g., utilities." In all of these industries the employer and the union work together to secure funding, permits, and a favorable regulatory environment.

Even privately funded projects often get shaken down by the unions, sometimes in concert with the greenies. If Acme Enterprises wants to build a new large project, the unions and the greenies oppose it and call in their chits with government to hold up the permitting. In heavily unionized states they can often interfere with the financing as well because unions have large retirement and H&W benefits trusts funds which they can use as a reward or a weapon. Unions can usually be bought off by offering them a project labor agreement that guarantees them all the work on the project at prevailing wages, usually Davis-Bacon though sometimes the local or state labor council rate. The greenies can be bought off by hiring the right contractors and consultants to do the EIS, employing some bleeding edge technology from companies owned by or who contribute to greenies and employing some greenies in make-work jobs on the project. Then in the course of construction any disputes can be "settled" by having the unions' friends from OSHA or Wage and Hour or the greenies friends from the EPA or its state analog call on the project's management.

They're a lot of things but generally stupid isn't one of them.
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Is it any surprise that union *leadership* tends to not be composed of the sharpest tools in the box? I have an NTEU chapter head who's quite intelligent and knows how to use it. Trumka? Feh, without an autonomic nervous system he wouldn't be able to figure out how to breath.
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Trumka has made a good living off over toilet trained bureaucrats and MBA types thinking he's stupid. Union leaders work hard at cultivating that image.

Federal unions like NTEU are a little different because the federal bargaining duty is so limited and federal unions are at the mercy of Congress and management to get wages and benefits, so most bargaining is about how many square feet of cubbie a GS-11 gets. Democrat administrations and feckless managers let the union have a lot more power over management than they really have because of all the interest based bargaining and partnership crap they let in. Basically, federal unions and public sector unions generally are powerful because they're thought to be powerful and feckless managers are either in league with them or are afraid of them.

In real unions anybody still drawing a paycheck from the employer is a nobody, no matter how fancy their title. Anybody directly elected by the rank and file is a nobody, e.g., shop stewards. Unions are run by and for their paid staff. A local union's business manager has to stay on good terms with his/her executive board but that is easily accomplished with trips, training, and tabs on the union credit card at fancy watering holes for drinks after union meetings. Years ago I was the Chief Steward and Vice-president of a local that represented a lot of labor, trades, and crafts employees. I thought I was powerful, a lot of people who didn't know any better thought I was powerful, but what I really was was one of four votes on a seven member board that the business manager needed to be able to do as he damn well pleased, and the illusion of power and its attendent perks was solely contingent on your remaining one of those four votes. The goal in the "union business" is to no longer work with the tools and no longer be paid by the employer(s) you bargain with. You can make it to paid staff of a local union without really being the union equivalent of a "made man" but no higher. Everybody above the local is elected or hired by people who themselves hold some modicum of power. As you get higher up, the people doing the electing and hiring have a lot of power. Somebody who's made it to head of the whole AFL-CIO has made it through the politics of a local union, a local labor council, often a district council of all the locals in that union, a state federation of labor composed of all the unions in the state, in most unions some sort of national regional or district organization composed of all the AFL-CIO unions in the states in that region of the Country, and finally to office in the AFL-CIO itself. You don't have to be an intellectual as intellectuals define that, but you can quite literally get dead by being stupid. I made it as far as paid staff of a labor council when I realized I was far enough up to go to jail for stuff but not far enough up to keep from going to jail if I did it, so I made other career plans.

It was good for me though and years later when I returned to labor relations I was surrounded by over toilet trained bureaucrats who thought I was stupid. Before long, I was their boss.
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There is still one remedy that would satisfy almost everybody.....repeal the damn thing!
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The largest legislative catastrophe in United States history.
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