Major Union Ditches AFL-CIO Over Obamacare & Immigration Reform

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which boasts roughly 40,000 members, has formally announced its decision to cut ties with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), one of the largest private sector unions in the U.S.

Major Union Ditches AFL CIO, Cites Obamacare and Immigration Reform

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (Getty Images)

“It is with regret but resolve that we have come to the point where the International Longshore and Warehouse Union must cut formal ties with the AFL-CIO,” ILWU International President Robert McEllrath wrote in an Aug. 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

The letter listed two major reasons for the group’s decision: the AFL-CIO’s support for both the Affordable Care Act and the U.S. Senate immigration reform bill.

“We feel the Federation has done a great disservice to the labor movement and all working people,” McEllrath wrote.

McEllrath complained that the CIO’s support for President Barack Obama’s health care law is to the detriment of groups including the ILWU.


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