Danedri Thompson
Columnist
The labor unions need to get in line behind the rest of us.
According to a Washington Post story, labor unions are warning Democratic leaders that they are in danger of losing support of union members if they don’t award “special protections under the Affordable Care Act” to unions.
Yes, the Washington Post used the term, “special protections.”
Members of labor unions should be ashamed of their union leadership rather than threatening the White House and Democratic members of Congress.
The cooperation of unions and Democrats has been an unholy alliance, at least in my lifetime. At one time, labor unions boasted that their goals were to better conditions for all workers. If that was ever the case, I haven’t seen it in my lifetime. Now it appears their goal is to further their own power at the expense of everyone else in America.
It’s selfish and disgusting.
How dare they advocate for a law and rules that they don’t think they should have to follow?
I say all of this as a not-proud, but forced former member of a labor union. I was a Teamster, and admitting that publicly is almost embarrassing. In my defense, I didn’t have a choice. Flight attendants, airline staff, and of note locally, railroad employees, aren’t governed by state laws where unions are concerned. I am proudly no longer a member of a labor union, but no one issued me a bumper sticker, like those mindless union members often sport on their vehicles.
According to the Post, leaders of two major unions are complaining that the Obama administration betrayed them with promises to address the peculiar needs of union-negotiated insurance plans. The labor leaders complained that union health plans will now be subject to new taxes and mandates.
To them, I say: get in line. Guess who else will be subject to new taxes and mandates because of the new law? That would be individuals and small business owners.
It baffles me that many union members advocate for special privileges for themselves knowing their friends and families will have to suffer.
Of course, there are plenty of people just thrilled that now they don’t have to pay for birth control. Trust me, they were flaunting it in their Facebook status updates like they’d won some sort of prize.
Lost in their enthusiasm was the simple fact that nothing is free. My friends celebrating their “free” birth control pills should be sending me a thank you note. Apparently, I’ll be paying for them. You’re welcome.
If I sound angry, it’s because I am.
I can’t fathom asking my friends and neighbors to give me special privileges of waive some of my fees knowing that expense was going to fall to others, who may be less able to fund my needs. I take responsibility for myself and am always willing to help someone in need. The key word there is “need.” Not want.
In the Post story, Donald D. Taylor, the president of Unite Here, a union representing more than 400,000 hotel and restaurant workers, said union members will likely be less enthusiastic about Democratic candidates due to the lack of special carve outs in the health care law.
“You can’t just order people to do stuff,” he said.
Um. Right. Because you advocated for a law requiring that everyone not only have health insurance, but that they have certain plans that include certain provisions. Those provisions make health care more expensive for everyone.
I don’t think I’m special. I don’t think I deserve any more or any less than anyone else. So I’m baffled why the unions and some individuals think they do. The unions don’t deserve better access to health plans just because. And I shouldn’t have to fund the birth control of people with several baby daddies.
Demanding that I pay extra so you get what you want is not being charitable.
It’s being selfish.