This excise tax, which is being considered by the U.S. Senate, would assess a tax on high-value insurance plans – a tax that would hit many IAFF members’ plans that cost more because of the dangers associated with the job and/or because they live in an area where insurance traditionally is more costly, not necessarily because they offer more generous benefits.
We believe the effect of the tax would be that either your employer would pass the cost of the tax on to you or they would attempt to cut your benefits to avoid the tax. Either way, our members would be negatively affected by the excise tax.
On November 5, the IAFF will be joining the AFL-CIO and other labor unions in a nationwide “Day of Action” campaign to communicate our strong opposition to an excise tax. The goal is to mobilize union members across the nation to generate thousands of phone calls, faxes and emails to members of Congress until real health care reform for workers is enacted.
The IAFF is urging its members to contact their senators on November 5 and tell them not to finance health care reform on the backs of workers and to leave this excise tax out of the health care reform bill.
Read The New York Times story, “AFL-CIO Members to Press Congress on Health Legislation“
On October 7, IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger spoke at a press conference on Capitol Hill calling for Congress to seek alternative sources of revenue. Watch the press conference