Pro-Obamacare Union Czar: Law Will Have ‘Tremendous Impact as Workers Have Their Hours Reduced and Their Incomes Reduced’
Like many other top officials of national, state and local unions, Joe Hansen of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW/AFL-CIO) union lavishly spent rank-and-file employees’ forced union dues and fees to lobby for passage of the so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, otherwise known as Obamacare.
And just the other day he told NBC News: “We still support” Obamacare.
Hansen is confident the ACA will make a big difference for employees. What kind of difference? This is how he put it for NBC News:
“Wait a year. You’ll see tremendous impact as workers have their hours reduced and their incomes reduced. The facts are already starting to show up.”
A law that, as Hansen has admitted elsewhere, “creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week” doesn’t sound like a good deal for the cashiers, shelf stockers, baggers, bakers and other grocery workers whom Hansen purports to “represent.” But Hansen and other Big Labor bosses who backed Obamacare to the hilt apparently believe they shouldn’t be faulted for seriously harming hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of unionized workers because they are now trying to “fix” the law. (See the news account linked below for more information.)
Undoubtedly, many of the workers whose hours are now being cut back as a result of Obamacare (which wouldn’t be the law of the land today but for the grim determination of Big Labor bosses) have a different view. If Hansen and other union bosses like him now admit the ACA that they are responsible for passing into law is causing workers to “have their hours reduced and their incomes reduced,” why should federal policy continue forcing workers to pay dues to Big Labor chiefs as a job condition?
Businesses claim Obamacare has forced them to cut employee hours