Richard Trumka Pwned by the President His Union Helped Elect. What.a.Sucker.

I have a little story ya might enjoy if ya think Big Unions and their captured-by-the-Dems bosses deserve a bit of comeuppance. 

Do ya remember Candidate Obomba?  Bruce at Café-Babylon brought this classic video to my TPP post; note the sign for the event at which he’s speaking-in-forked tongue.  (Or did he believe himself then?)  Nah, just more lies of expedience (translation: Con Man), I’d guess.  But the better Com Man) I have more union news, but this story is just too good to not post in the meantime.  Please excuse any edits that need doing. Real life beckons…

Clearly the AFL-CIO’s 13 million members and massive GOTV wouldda majorly helped Obomba get elected and re-elected.  Who knows how many votes came by way of their union dollars and support?  The big union also endorsed ObamaDontCare (h/t hotflashcarol), the grand gift to the private insurance corportations.

A few at a time, other Big Unions finally began to figure out (oh, yes, cuz the OMB had told them so, waaaay early on) that that millions of workers would likely be left without affordable health insurance under the provisions, and began letting the President and the Democrat leadership know that they were quite unhappy about that fact, ‘shocked’, really.

Richard Trumka eventually even wrote a sternly-worded letter to him, but reckoned that things could still be worked out so that rank and file members and their families wouldn’t be punished by the CursedCravenCare thang.  That letter was followed by the AFL-CIO on the last day of their LA convention passing a timid, Stockholm Syndrome-like resolution that Shamus Cooke characterized as O-Don’t-Care ‘not living up to its promises, and blaming it not on the plan itself, but on the implementation of the plan.

Now, as you may know, the keynote speaker at the AFL’s quadrennial national convention earlier this month was slated to be none other than: Barack Obomba.  I thought it was a sad and sick idea when it was announced.  He, of course, was unable to attend since he was very busy ginning up support for his Syria plans, and sent Valerie Jarrett in his place, and maybe a video of himself schmoozing attendees.  From Cooke:

‘Labor leaders are faking outrage now because their members are being directly affected, as are millions of others, all of whom have every right to blame labor leaders for this “nightmare scenario.”

Obamacare is perhaps the most blatant example of the complete incompetency of many U.S. labor leaders, who’ve tied the fate of organized labor to the Democratic Party, with disastrous results.

“As the jobs crisis grinds on and wages and benefits are being attacked across the board, this “strategy” of labor leaders has proven be an utter failure. Union leaders have remained silent as the Democrats have attacked teachers, public employees, and implemented austerity measures on a state and federal level that shift the cost of the recession on working people.”

Now according to The Nation, Valerie Jarrett delivered some feel-good news to union members regarding their health insurance fears:

‘Jarrett noted that she and Trumka have discussed some of the “challenges that remain” on the Affordable Care Act, and said “we intend to work to solve those problems, big and small, and we’re committed to sitting down in good faith and working on solutions.She urged attendees to carry a message back home “that the president and his administration are so firmly committed to working with you, to standing with you, because we care about you. You are us. You are the reason why the president got into politics in the first place.… he did everything he has done thinking about you.”

Please pardon my following Schadenfruede, but we might wonder if it’s really a blessing to have this con-man of a President thinking about you…

Zo.  What came next?  Ezra Klein reported on  that the Prez just can’t see how he can fiddle things so that the unions will get the waivers they want, and he cites Taft-Hartley, that old Catch-22 bugaboo:

‘A particular issue of contention has been so-called “Taft-Hartley plans” — multi-employer health-care plans that unions run, and that aren’t eligible for subsidies under the terms of the Affordable Care Act. The plans cover about 20 million Americans, and the government treats them as employer-based health-care plans for tax purposes. [.]

A recent letter signed by the powerful Teamster, UNITE-HERE, and UFCW unions warned that “under the ACA as interpreted by the Administration, our employees will be treated differently and not be eligible for subsidies afforded other citizens. As such, many employees will be relegated to second-class status and shut out of the help the law offers to for-profit insurance plans.”

The unions argue this will decimate membership in their plans as employers dump union workers onto public exchanges.

But the Obama administration notes these Taft-Hartley plans fail multiple tests the law sets up for insurance plans that receive subsidies. They receive the tax break given to employer-based plans and they often don’t follow “guaranteed issue” rules, meaning they don’t offer insurance to anyone who wants it. All of this disqualifies them from the insurance marketplaces and the associated subsidies.’

Meanwhile, the joke’s just killin’ the room at Forbes:  ‘Obama To Labor Unions With Multi-Employer Health Plans: Drop Dead’ (hyuk, hyuk)  But day-um; it mustta just slipped the man’s mind when he promised the Unions the world, but ya just gotta say they were willingly duped by their slavish devotion to…Democrats.   I do feel very badly for the rank and file members and their families, but it’s about time more locals begin to break away from The Bigs and start alternative unions.  There are some, but some of the locals have already been severely punished, as an example, I reckon.  Could union members create a viable Workers Party?

Note to Union Bosses: Change this song, or you’ll be increasingly irrelevant, which will hurt all working families.

22 responses to “Richard Trumka Pwned by the President His Union Helped Elect. What.a.Sucker.

  1. More like a fella 1%er Trumpka! But for the rest of US 99%ers, we need “The SWELLS’ taxes are Too DEM LOW!” party!! The party Like We’re In LABOR (WE ARE!!)!

  2. lol. can’t find the original photo i used when he was appointed to O’s jobs council, but here’s another (wouldn’t know jeff imelt from the next corporate toff, but trumka really wants to fit in. sorry, ricky, not quite…

    damn, that dude from the rent’s too damn high predated the concept of rentier capitalism, lol.

    you must know somethin’ about birthin’ them babbies, eh?

    tampa. hmm. well, dunno if you’ll keep providing hints and clues as to who you do be, but never fear: i’ll never figure it out. ah, electric flag’s on my realplayer:

  3. Now, that’s The SPIRIT, UP! Off the killing floor, InDeed! –

  4. Wendy- My God- Your best piece yet- In a series of best pieces. I will send this into the ether world of trade union contacts.

  5. bruce: that was fantastic! hadn’t ever heard it, a full musical cast, including mandlebrot sets, my stars. who was the dude with big j? fun to hear lbj’s cameo on ‘killing floor’, eh?

    michael cavlan: how kind of you, and i hope your contacts enjoy it, maybe learn from it. i have more links to more stories, victories, perfidies, hopes and dreams, calls to arms essays. do grab more links in the comment stream at the my.fdl version if ya like.

    i keep trying to remember alan’s last name, he was a union organizer, in minnessota, iirc. like heterodox economists, workers need to understand that it’s their alliance with duopolistic capitalism itself that keeps them weak, and more fully oppressed. nice to see you.

  6. DK. Big Brother? But re: LBJ, If ONLY he or any of the Eternal Flame’s successors Actually MEANT their serial BS (Baits and Switches) on US!

  7. Wendy- Alan Maki- he was also banned from Firedoglake I have already passed this on to him. He and I are both old Trade Union War Dogs.

  8. yes, bruce. if only…so many things. as shootthatarrow is wont to say: “it didn’t have to be this way”. billy says it well.

  9. alan maki! (slaps head). of course. cripes, i think i may even have his email address, not sure in aid of what. i’d forgotten your similar history; sorry. give my best, okay? i do have more union stories to come (both inspirational and deleterious depressing), but i’m not sure when i’ll get to them. so many directions for our eyes to swivel. was i ever any other way? do some of know too much, and so many know so little? is that just a nonsense rhetorical question? yass….

  10. Wendy- I will tell Alan you said hello- tell all my friends at FDL I said hello too- Unless of course mentioning my name gets ya banned-LOL

  11. dunno how long memories last there. so many fine people have been jettisoned or left of their own accord; so sad.

    meanwhile, in RL, our troubles are with bears destroying our fruit trees, massive electrical storms and hail. i’m heading out to assay the damage. a twist on the old joke:

    Q: ‘where does a 500-pound bear climb?’

    A: ‘anywhere he wants…’

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  13. glad you found the piece, tododiascon; welcome.

    first: no, it’s not just you, lol. just think: movement gatekeepers. as to the other questions, i don’t facebook, tweet, nor linkedin. i reckon that you could click the Follow button at the top of the page (left side), but i’m not altogether sure what that really means. perhaps emails of post titles are sent to you? if comments are as well, that might suck.

    i also post at, but if i cross-post there, i usually remember to advise so at the bottom of my posts and leave a link. my posts are rather wide-ranging, to say the least. i managed to import some of my trade union posts here from fdl, but only ended up with a few old ones, and of course the ones that i wrote after creating this small site. i grabbed the category from the right-hand side of the front page… as you can see, the Categories are all over the map, and most of the posts are mine, but that will hopefully change a bit in the future.

    i’d intended to write up some more funny things that occurred at the big AFL-CIO meeting in LA, cuz Trumka got pwned a few more times, but with one thing and another, it got stuck on the back burner in favor of other breaking news and issues.

    aaaaand…i just checked this post, and it seems i totally forgot to give a link to the cross-post at my.fdl (that signifies the site’s Readers Diaries, what i fondly call the Ghetto. :)

    for instance, my most current one is ‘the world’s oldest first-grader and the decline of u.s. education’, for which i actually did create a cross-link to my.fdl.

    if i can answer any other question, please feel free to ask, although i won’t promise i’ll have actual answers. :) nice to meet you virtually.

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