The full text of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka's speech on labor's agenda for a new economy at the National Press Club.
A major union leader, commenting on CBO claims that employers will pass along, in the form of raises, cost savings that result from a tax on workers' health benefits said today that, "They may also believe in the tooth fairy."
At a press conference yesterday a liberal House Democrat leading the congressional push against the Senate plan to tax workers' health benefits said the plan would cost Democratic seats.
A coalition of congressional progressives, the labor movement, and health reform advocates wants to see the final bill include taxes on the wealthy instead of health insurance plans.
For the health care bill that is emerging in the Senate "to be worthy of the support of working men and women, substantial changes must be made," declared Richard Trumka.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka speaks out on the most recent version of the Senate health care bill.
A clear position on the latest Senate compromises did not emerge from closed-door meetings of the nation's labor leaders last night, but labor remains determined.
Workers, union members and lawmakers rallied in the nation's capital yesterday in support of health care reform but against funding it with a new tax on health benefits.
The National Farmers Union joined the fight for health reform Thanksgiving weekend with a reminder to wavering farm-belt senators.
"The company wants to make us pay $350 a month for our family health care; for me that would mean a 10 percent wage cut."