This has been bugging me since the "Great Healthcare Debate" (wasn't really much of a debate from what I remember) - all the union flyers and papers I got were decidedly in favor of Obamacare.
Why would our union representatives (yes, I'm a 30+ year union member) be advocating a system that would only cost its members more in out-of-pocket expenses? Why would they be willing to undo years and years of the kind of hard-fought healthcare coverage benefits that most union members enjoy? How does it help the average union worker if suddenly he has to pay (with his tax dollars) for healthcare coverage for unskilled, untrained, unemployable non-union workers? How is that a plus for unions?
But they did, en masse, endorse and push Obamacare on their members.
The only rational explanation is that those at the top of our unions are shills for Democrats.
It's too bad too. I think there's actually a lot of common ground between Republicans and unions - if only both sides would take their blinders off. I mean isn't what's good for business (usually) a good thing for unions as well? Other than the whole "free trade" thing (which ships our jobs overseas), the Republicans emphasis on tax breaks for businesses, cutting of red tape and over-regulation, and less government intervention in business affairs have the potential to create an employment boom in which unions could flourish.
But most of the union newsletters I've seen are so devoted to Democratic Party talking points, they can't even seem to stop and take a rational look at the situation. What do union members have to gain from higher taxes, more regulation, red tape, larger government and a hostile business environment?