April 22, 2016
By Tara Jessup
Washington, D.C. – Local LIUNA leaders spread out across Capitol Hill April 19th, lobbying on issues regarding healthcare, energy, transportation infrastucture and pension security. These meetings with Congressional legislators followed the North American Building Trades Union Legislative Conference attended by U.S. Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.
“We’re proud of the enthusiasm and energy our leaders demonstrated on behalf of the men and women who build our country,” LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan said. “It will be difficult for members of Congress – both Democrats and Republicans – to ignore the voices of these leaders, who represent constituents back home.”
Repealing the so-called “Cadillac tax,” which unfairly undermines the healthcare plans of millions of Americans was an important item on their legislative agenda. Late last year, Congress passed a delay in the 40-percent tax, which employers and health fund officials predict would ultimately effect 82 percent of healthcare plans, driving up costs and reducing coverage.
“LIUNA members and our nation face pressing issues and we are appealing to Congress to take action,” O’Sullivan said. “Fixing our roads and bridges, ensuring an adequate energy infrastructure, defending healthcare and pensions, and enacting comprehensive immigration reform are not partisan problems. The people expect members of Congress to do their jobs and address these issues.”