The American Labor Movement is engaged in high-stakes negotiations with Congressional Democrats and the White House over a tax provision in the health reform package which would penalize many union members.
Union leaders are being careful and calculating in their language, warning without overtly threatening that the Labor Movement could yank its support for the whole bill if the so-call “Cadillac tax” on high-end plans - which passed the Senate - isn’t removed or mitigated.
Union leaders are big backers of the House-passed provision which raises revenue by taxing high-income individuals and families. Look for some sort of compromise as Democratic leaders try to figure out how to appease Labor.
The Labor Movement’s political players know how to pick their spots and leverage their influence. And, for this battle at least, rival union factions AFL-CIO and SEIU are putting aside differences to double-team Congressional and White House staffers desperate to find the right formula.