Machinists Remain Opposed to Health Care Excise Tax
Washington, D.C., January 14, 2010
Despite the so-called agreement announced today by various labor organizations, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) reiterated its
opposition to any health care reform legislation that is funded by taxing the value of workers’ existing health care benefits.
“The IAM opposes the excise tax, period. We believe it is unfair to our current members and particularly unfair to those members we hope to organize in the future,” said IAM President Tom Buffenbarger.
I’m writing from Worcester. It is the second largest city in New England, the city where the American Revolution began in Sept. 1774, and perhaps the largest city in North America that no one has ever heard of! I have been going door to door in my immediate neighborhood canvassing for Democrat Martha Coakley.
After campaigning for PDA endorsed Mike Capuano in the primaries I dropped back to get my life back together, and then left town and went out of contact for a week. When I returned I found three emails from one progressive democratic activist and one from MoveOn.org about the campaign – when the Internet should have been abuzz with traffic about it.
I am told that she made no outreach to the Capuano and Khazei campaigns to include them and their supporters, who have responded by sitting on their hands. For the last week however everyone has been in panic mode.