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‘Cadillac’ tax repeal grants relief for union health care plans

 ‘Cadillac’ tax repeal grants relief for union health care plans

AFTER YEARS OF lobbying House and Senate members on Capitol Hill, lawmakers finally repealed the “Cadillac” tax. Originally set to take effect in 2018 (but delayed until 2022) to pay for the expansion of the Affordable Care Act—the 2010 law that provides health care tax credits for low income households and individuals—the “Cadillac” tax would have imposed an annual 40% excise tax on health plans that have annual premiums exceeding a certain dollar threshold.

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Congresswoman Holmes Norton visits Boilermaker reception

Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), center, at the 2019 LEAP Congressional Reception with, l. to r., Vernon Jackson and the late Wilton Barnett, L-S50; IVP-NE John Fultz; Dan Weber, L-193; Clifton Saul, L-S50; EA-DGA Hannah Samuel; Ron Myers, L-193; and Darrin Furgason and Brian Bosse, Vulcan.

REPRESENTATIVE ELEANOR HOLMES Norton (D-DC) visits with Boilermaker constituents during the 2019 LEAP Congressional Reception, April 16 at the Mayflower Hotel. The reception is a longstanding part of the annual LEAP conference and gives Boilermaker delegates, legislators and legislator staff an opportunity to continue conversations about key Boilermaker issues and further build relationships. With Rep. Holmes Norton (center) are l.

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Locals  L-S50, L-193
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House Democrats and Republicans vote to repeal ‘Cadillac tax’

Delegates Andy Labeck and Christopher Donahue of Local 5, Zone 5 talk to a legislative staffer about the need to repeal the Cadillac tax, during the 2019 LEAP Conference in Washington, D.C.

IN AN OVERWHELMING 419-6 vote, House Republicans joined Democrats to repeal the “Cadillac tax”—a proposed tax on high-cost employer health insurance. If it is not repealed, The Health Care Excise Tax is set to go into effect in 2022 and would levy a 40-percent tax on the cost of employer-based health insurance that exceeds a certain level.


LEAP speakers talk energy policy, the economy and 2020 elections

IVP-NE John Fultz

WITH THE UPCOMING 2020 elections gathering steam, Boilermaker delegates assembled in Washington, D.C., April 14-17 for the 51st annual Legislative Education Action Program (LEAP) Conference. Prior to lobbying their legislators on Capitol Hill, almost 140 attendees representing 45 locals — including both the Construction and Industrial Sector Operations — listened raptly to a range of presentations by significant mainstage speakers from the Economic Policy Institute, The Cook Political Report, the AFL-CIO and the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute (GCCSI).

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Delegates advocate for local and national issues during LEAP

Local 627’s Shane “Kalai” Ferreira, who works for BAE Systems in Hawaii, offers reasons why a strong Jones Act is essential to the nation. L to r: BM-ST Jacob Evenson; Jesse Isleman, legislative aide of Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI); Wesley Dale and Ferreira.

LEAP DELEGATES FROM across the United States brought Boilermaker issues to Capitol Hill April 15-17, scoring valuable face time in lawmakers’ offices. This year, in addition to leave-behind fact sheets, delegates presented a video brochure containing the film “CCS: Bridge to a Cleaner Energy Future,” which explains the urgent need for increased funding for the development of carbon, capture, use and storage (CCUS). The video, which automatically plays when the brochure is opened, proved popular on the Hill.

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Locals  L-5/5, L-13, L-28, L-154, L-627, L-900
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Political friend, former congressman John Dingell dies at 92

John Dingell (Photo: Detroit News file photo)

THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF Boilermakers mourns the loss of former Rep. John Dingell (D-Michigan 12th), who passed away Feb. 7. Dingell, who was the longest serving member of the United States Congress, was often a political ally to the Boilermakers union. He served on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which he chaired for 15 years, and was known as a champion for working people.

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Election 2018 Boilermaker Endorsements

Election 2018 Boilermaker Endorsements

Informed union voters can make a big difference Nov. 6

THE CANDIDATES LISTED below have been selected by the leadership of the local lodges in their areas, along with the International Government Affairs Department, as those who will best support working families.

We know that how you vote is a personal decision. And we respect that decision. We also know that working families will make a huge difference in these elections.

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Liberty Bell award commemorates LEAP’s golden anniversary

Liberty Bell award commemorates LEAP’s golden anniversary

To commemorate LEAP’s 50th anniversary and thank the Boilermakers Government Affairs Department, Local 13 (Philadelphia) presented Cecile Conroy, Director of Government Affairs, with a special Liberty Bell award during a morning delegate session. In addition to preparing and conducting the annual LEAP Conference, the Government Affairs team stays on top of legislative issues that might impact Boilermakers, prepares materials to assist Boilermaker delegates with lobbying, and coordinates political action activities.

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Locals  L-13
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Boilermakers’ reception brings legislators

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL 17th), fifth from right, with, l. to r., IVP-NE John Fultz; John Tortat, L-60; guest Julie Tortat; guest Debbie Cooper; Kirk Cooper, L-60; IR Bill Staggs; IR Miguel Fonseca; ED-QCCUS/AD-CSO Eugene Forkin III; and IVP-WS J. Tom Baca.

CONGRESSMEN AND WOMEN, Boilermakers and guests met up at the Mayflower Hotel April 24 for informal conversation and photo ops at the 2018 LEAP Congressional Reception.

The reception, which takes place after two days of education, legislative updates and lobbying on Capitol Hill, is a longstanding part of the annual LEAP conference. The event gives Boilermaker delegates a chance to follow up with their elected representatives and continue building relationships in an effort to bring Boilermaker issues to the forefront and enlist legislative champions for those issues.

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