Union Unease Over Implementation of Affordable Care Act

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Labor unions were nothing short of a major force in the passage of the Affordable Care Act, so it may surprise you to learn that at the ALF-CIO's convention earlier this month, Terence O'Sullivan, President of the Laborers' International Union of North America, told the audience:

“If the Affordable Care Act is not fixed and it destroys the health and welfare funds that we have fought for and stand for, then I believe it needs to be repealed."

Joseph Nigro, president of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Union, echoed O'Sullivan's concerns, saying, “I guarantee you by your next convention four years from now, you won’t meet a quarter of this room. We won’t be here."

The AFL-CIO passed a resolution this month pushing back on the so-called "Cadillac Tax," which is expected to drive up costs for union-sponsored health plans, calling the implementation of the Affordable Care Act "highly disruptive" to union health care plans.

Steven Greenhouse is the workforce and labor reporter for The New York Times. He joins The Takeaway to explain the friction between the White House and unions.