Why Did Labor Leaders Vote Against Medicare for All in the Middle of a Pandemic?

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      eridani
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      https://jacobinmag.com/2020/07/democratic-party-platform-medicare-for-all-unions

      But among those who voted no on Medicare for All were also four prominent national union presidents: Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Lily Eskelsen Garcia of the National Education Association (NEA), Mary Kay Henry of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Lonnie Stephenson of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

      This is outrageous. Why did top representatives of organized labor help shoot down a measure that would dramatically improve the lives of millions of workers? Especially in the face of an unprecedented social crisis, we need unions to fight for the physical and economic health of all working-class people, organized and unorganized.

      There’s never been a more urgent moment to support Medicare for All. With unemployment soaring, an estimated 27 million people — disproportionately black and Latino — may soon lose their insurance because of the US’s employer-sponsored health care system. Lacking a national public health system, the US lagged weeks behind the rest of the world in responding to the coronavirus, costing countless lives.

      Even though testing is supposed to be free, many are nevertheless receiving bills for hundreds or thousands of dollars. And once a vaccine is developed, its accessibility for ordinary Americans will likely depend on extricating ourselves from the imperatives of the for-profit health system. Medicare for All would ensure lower health care costs for the vast majority.

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      djean111
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      The Democratic Party is now just a subsidiary of Wall Street.  Best to look at everything they do, or do not do, through that lens.  Much easier to understand what they do.  Biden has Larry Summers and Jamie Dimon on his short list.  The Democratic Party has already said it is a privately owned corporation.  The Dems really truly do not stand for the people any more, that’s all it is.  They use divisive politics to keep that fairly hidden.

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      Everything I post is just my opinion, and, honestly, I would love to be wrong.

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      Cold Mountain Trail
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      Broad Randi weingarten is a mole for capital and privatization, she just plays a labor leader like she played at being a teacher

    • #343307
      Ohio Barbarian
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      The big unions get what amounts to kickbacks from either the insurance companies or the employers, in spite of their supposed adversarial relationship. Some UAW officials are being prosecuted right now for accepting bribes from the automakers. The bribes are not the exception; they are the rule. Most unions no longer represent their members, only their misleadership.

       

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

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    • #343314
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      Obviously we are being betrayed by the Democratic and union leadership. They have been at this for a long time now. Some of their biggest allies are Bill and Hillary Clinton, Biden and Obama. They always whine that the party has, “Moved too far to the left.” Of course this a huge joke and it isn’t even a little funny. These people are being bribed every bit as much as Larry Householder.

      I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".

      Me

    • #343324
      salemcourt
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      These union leaders make it increasingly difficult to support unions these days.  Look at how their members want to support Bernie while their leaders endorsed Biden (Clinton – last cycle)!

    • #343335
      Fasttense
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      Have been co-opted by the filthy rich. The filthy rich hate unions even while they donate to them.

      If you look at the internal day to day functioning and administration of labor unions, they will look just like any other corporate hierarchy. They have hourly wage workers who get paid very poorly, get very few benefits and are not consulted on the functioning of their jobs. They have rich executives and leaders who get such huge paychecks they can hobnob with the filthy rich and they do. It is a top down structure that doesn’t allow the workers a voice.

      I know, I use to work for a labor Union as an administrative clerk. It started out amazingly good with benefits I never expected.

      Then in 2017, everything started going downhill. They first took away some of the cool perks like 2 shopping days off for Christmas. Then they started calculating our pay by the minute instead of the hour. All based on what we did on the computer.

      Things like walking in, sitting down and booting up the computer, we did not get paid for.  So that all 30 people’s pay dropped by about 10 to 20%. They started hounding us if our breaks went a few minutes too long or we went to the bathroom too often. This was while working for a labor union.

      Why do unions abuse workers in their own organizations? Because they can and it saves them enough money to pay themselves millions. And now they can, with their huge salaries, meet and greet CEOs and royalty.

      Now they start getting donations from the Koch Bros and Bill Gates. Now Unions start to depend on the donations instead of worker’s dues. By depending on the donations they now represent the filthy rich instead of the rank and file members.  Suddenly union leaders are now beholden to the CEO instead of the workers.

      Now not all unions are so awful. But a lot of them are. The filthy rich are being more selective about which unions they donate to. The police unions get a ton of money from the likes of Bezos and Zuckerberg. But housekeepers’ unions and factory floor workers’ unions not so much.

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      HassleCat
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      Big unions need to seem vital to the membership. If teachers, for example, are getting health care through M4A, they don’t need the union to negotiate a health care agreement. This makes the union much less necessary. It is shameful that union leaders would deny most Americans decent health care so they can remain relevant, but most unions don’t care about the “workers” in a general sense.

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      Red Cloud
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      How can working people vote against their rights? Why are union leaders so inept at stopping union bashing? Why are police unions run by thugs? They have very much lost their way. Unions are supposed to protect workers, not the predatory rich.

      If I read it correctly, Mitch the Turtle wants employers to SUE their workers for wanting Corona Virus protection measures and workers must forfeit their rights to sue an employer for Covid 19 if they get sick on the job. Translation: “Work until you die and shut the hell up!” What kind of legitimate union would not be boiling angry over this?

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