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Trump, Small Business, and Obamacare: Phil’s Advice for Frontline Leaders

kgouHow will Trump’s expected actions to repeal and replace Obamacare effect small business owners?

That’s what KGOU, an NPR broadcast company in Oklahoma, wants to know. They reached out to Phil for comment. Click here to check it out.

Unions Cash in on Obamacare

Exemptions aren’t the only benefit unions are set to receive from Obamacare. The list goes on to include a wealth of federal money via grants technically being distributed to the “navigators,” trained people or organizations that help enrollees as they search for new health coverage in the Marketplace. Many of these navigator roles are being filled by union front organizations called working centers, two of which have already received PPACA [Obamacare] grants.

While the additional money is certainly something to keep an eye on, it is the union organizing opportunities that these navigating positions lend themselves to that is the most alarming. The current safeguards in place do little to insure that the personal information received from enrollees isn’t later used in a union organizing campaign.

Chairmen of the House Subcommittee on Employment, Labor, and Pensions, Rep. John Kline (R-MN) and Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), said it best

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Labor Unions to Enjoy Obamacare Tax Cut

Union leaders have widely criticized certain aspects of Obamacare that threatened the generous medical plans enjoyed by their members. True to union form, they have even gone as far as to request that they be granted health law subsidies. Though the Obama administration turned down the recent request, it appears they found a way to “unofficially” give to Big Labor some of what they are asking for.

Last week the administration proposed an exemption from the law’s reinsurance fee for “certain self-insured, self-administered plans” – a few words that could easily be used to describe many Taft-Hartley plans where the union acts as its own insurance company and claims processor. Since most non-union employers use a third-party insurance company, we can further assume that this tax break isn’t for them.

The fee, which starts in 2014 at $63 per insurance plan member, was put in place to help

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INK ~ July 5, 2012

In this issue:

Union Bailout Update Latest Union Tactics Revealed UAW Decides on Nissan, No Fooling SEIU Watch: Thanks for Nothing, Citizens United Social Media Spotlight, Sticky Fingers and more…

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson:

How the Health Care Decision Could Impact Mandatory Dues Deductions

The Supreme Court finally ruled on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Just in case you haven’t heard

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Union Bailout Update

“Pleased and relieved.”

That’s how AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka described Big Labor’s reaction to last week’s shocking Supreme Court decision upholding all but one provision of the Affordable Care Act. (Also known as “Obamacare” or “The Mother of All Union Bailouts”) There’s been little investigation into the bounty of union payback tucked inside the 2700+ pages of the ACA, but the unbridled and often belligerent enthusiasm of union bosses for Obamacare should raise enough suspicion to start digging.

The Affordable Care Act includes a number of programs that seem wholesome enough at first glance but in application primarily benefit Big Labor. The new Early Retirement Reinsurance Program (because you can never have too many new government programs) is funneling 5 billion of your tax dollars

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The Twilight of the Unions?

There was a must-read piece in the National Review last week that asks, are we witnessing the imminent demise of unions?

Two weeks ago the Supreme Court issued a decision in Knox vs. SEIU 1000 strictly limiting how unions can collect special political assessments. According to James Young of the National Right to Work Legal Foundation that decision went much further than it needed to and “signals the court’s willingness to reconsider other long-standing issues in labor law.”

Even legal experts on the left think the opinion’s language suggests the majority would rule (if asked) all agency fees in violation of the First Amendment. The court states, “the general rule — individuals should not be compelled to subsidize private groups or private speech — should prevail.” Voiding

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