Did You Know?

Did you know that in the new Healthcare law, those citizens with “Cadillac health benefits” will be taxed for these benefits (my bet is most of you fall into this category)?  Well, if you are in a private or public sector union, not to worry, odds are you will find yourself exempt.  You get this exemption courtesy of a Democrat-led White House and Congress that rails against special interests while at the very same time caters to such interests in unprecedented fashion.

Unions in the public and private sectors are generally exempt from these taxes.  Why?  For absolutely no other reason except that their unions contribute tens of millions of dollars to Democrat candidate campaigns.

Most of my readers likely have benefits that would be called “Cadillac” benefits, especially those of you in the public sector who have the very best benefits of all (courtesy of us taxpayers).  Keep in mind that the financial shortfall these exemptions create will be covered by those non-union employees who didn’t have a seat at the K-Street restaurants where union lobbyists are at their most effective.

For your interest here is a partial list of the private sector unions that have gained exemptions.  We can only hope the new Congress will fix this inequity and get us all on a level playing field:

1.     Bricklayers Local 1 of MD, VA and DC: 1,985 members

2.     International Brotherhood of Trade Unions Health and Welfare Fund – Local 713: 861 members

3.     Indiana Teamsters Health Benefits Fund, Local 1102: 500 workers

4.     Amalgamated Welfare Fund: 1,384 members

5.     Local 1102 Health & Benefit Fund: 4,642 members

6.     Local 1102 Welfare Fund– Lerner Employees: 245 members

7.     Local 338 Affiliated Benefit Funds: 18,209 members

8.     Operating Engineers Local 835 Health and Welfare Fund: 576 members

9.     Texas Carpenters and Millwrights Health and Welfare Fund: 4,729 members

10.  United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1445 New Hampshire: 148 members

11.  Plumbers and Pipefitters Local No. 630 Welfare Fund: 1,166 members

12.  United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1000: 3,855 members

13.  1199 SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund: 4,544 members

14.  Laundry and Dry Cleaning Workers Local No. 52: 1,547 members

15.  Social Service Employees Union Local 371: 34,000 members

16.  United Food and Commercial Workers Union (Mount Laurel, NJ): 4,100 members

17.  United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1459: 1,400 members

18.  United Food and Commercial Workers and Participating Employers Interstate Health and Welfare Fund: 9,780 members

19.  Laborers’ International Union of North America Local Union No. 616 Health and Welfare Plan: 188 members

20.  Service Employees Benefit Fund: 1,297 members

21.  UFCW Allied Trade Health & Welfare Trust: 68 members

22.  United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1995: 2,779 members

23.  Asbestos Workers Local 53 Welfare Fund: 2 members

24.  Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 123 Welfare Fund: 534 members

25.  UFCW Local 227: 1,125 members

26.  UFCW Maximus Local 455: 59 members

27.  Local 25 SEIU: 31,000 members

28.  UFCW Local 1262: 5,390 members

29.  Local 802 Musicians Health Fund: 1,801 members

30.  Transport Workers: 107 members

31.  Service Employees International Union Local 1 Cleveland Welfare Fund: 520 members

32.  Teamsters Local 522 Welfare Fund Roofers Division: 270 members

33.  Cleveland Bakers Teamsters: 1,000 members

34.  DC Cement Masons Welfare Fund: 225 members



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One Response to Did You Know?

  1. John Goetz says:

    It is good to see that at least one judge and one court has decided that the government cannot make you buy something, and then turn around and fine you for not buying it. Let’s hope this is the start of the process for repealing the measure.

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