In a letter sent to AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka, the 40,000-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union said it was cutting formal ties with the AFL-CIO over a laundry list of issues, including Obamacare and immigration reform, Breitbart.com reported Monday.
McEllrath, Warner Todd Huston said, made it clear the ILWU supports a single-payer nationalized healthcare plan, and is upset with Trumka for going along with Obama's confiscatory tax on their "Cadillac" healthcare plan.
"President Obama ran on a platform that he would not tax medical plans and at the 2009 AFL-CIO Convention, you stated that labor would not stand for a tax on our benefits," McEllrath wrote.
But despite Obama's promises, Obama pushed for the tax, and the AFL-CIO went along, bowing to political pressure.
The union is also upset with Trumka's stand on illegal immigration, saying the AFL-CIO supports a bill that favors immigrants with higher education and potential profitability to employers along with "extremely long waiting periods."
McEllrath also discussed the 2011 raid on the port of Longview in southern Washington.
According to McEllrath, Trunka's office "added insult to injury" when it directed the Oregon State Federation to rescind its support of ILWU efforts at the Longview terminal.
"As a labor movement,"McEllrath added, "we need to stand up and be the voice for our members and working people. We cannot continue to compromise on the issues that benefit and protect the working men and women of America."
While the ILWU is cutting formal ties, the union boss said longshoremen would not "go it alone."
"Not by a long shot," he wrote.
McEllrath promised the ILWU would continue to work with "fellow trade unionists and workers everywhere," including the AFL-CIO.
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