Mayor's putting retirees into Obamacare, and it's making AFSCME queezy.
Henry Bayer, executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 31, said the uncertainties of Obamacare and the state insurance exchanges they would create, make the city's plan hard to assess.
"This uncertainty will cause anxiety and fear for tens of thousands of seniors who gave their working lives to public service — men and women whose retirement savings are already under attack in the name of 'pension reform.'" Bayer said. "Our union will be working to get answers to our many questions, to ensure the City Council closely oversees the administration's proposals, and to protect access to affordable health care for city retirees now and in the future."
Too bad the former Socialist Party Organizer Bayer and present day Illinois AFSCME Chief Henry Bayer didn't consider the anxiety and fear when Illinois AFSCME broke with the National Union in 2007 (Sun Times link broken),
- The Illinois chapter of the country's major government-employees union broke with its national organization Saturday to endorse Barack Obama for president.
- Nationally, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is backing Hillary Rodham Clinton. But the union's Illinois leaders decided to make their own endorsement.
- It is an unusual step, but we've had a long relationship with Senator Obama, said Henry Bayer, executive director AFSCME Council 31. We've had a better opportunity to observe him up close than people in other parts of the country.
- Some 400 union delegates meeting in Peoria voted unanimously to support Obama, an Illinois Democrat, AFSCME said.