A Unionist and an Accountant Discuss the Affordable Care Act impact on Labor Negotiations


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On Black Friday workers took to the streets across the country to demand that Walmart pay its workers a fair wage, treat them with respect and allow them to organize. From Valley Stream to the Secaucus, Walmart workers called the company to task. Pat Purcell, UFCW 1500 Political and Legislative Director was there. He visits with Reporter Chris Perez on Labor-Lines to tell us more about why Black Friday is such a big deal and what Walmart can do to become a responsible employer. In segment two Pat reveals that, at the bargaining table, Stop and Shop is  using the affordable care act to try to get the upper hand in negotiations, at tactic UFCW 1500 workers reject. The workers have authorzed a strike, but the parties are hoping to push for a fair resolution during a “cooling-off period.”  Next, Labor-Lines host, Vic Fusco, discusses the impact of the Affordable Care Act on union benefit funds with CPA Sal Armao of Armao LLP. Not all unions are as optimistic as UFCW Local 1500. The International Laborers’ Union President Terrence O’Neill has joined the voices calling for the repeal of “Obamacare.” You can follow the conversation on twitter @LaborLines
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