IATSE International President Matthew Loeb sent the following letter to all members of both the US House of Representatives and US Senate:
January 12, 2010
TO MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE
Please be advised that the IATSE, a labor union representing over 110,000 members, is well aware that the health care bill passed by the Senate contains provisions that will tax the so-called “Cadillac” health care plans. Unions have negotiated for these benefits as part of the economic package for many years. Now, after acting responsibly by providing meaningful health coverage, we are to be punished by having our benefits taxed.
We have worked hard and supported candidates for political office who have the ability to prevent this travesty. That the unions, the true champions of workers and the prime vehicle to move America’s health care agenda, could end up worse off than we were before is unacceptable.
Therefore, the IATSE General Executive Board has unanimously consented that the IATSE oppose any legislation that imposes any tax on hard fought benefits and to immediately notify you of this action.
As you convene the second session of the 111th Congress, I implore you to vote against any health care legislation that imposes an excise tax.
Matthew D. Loeb