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‘Obamacare’ Stifles Negotiations: Union

WESTBURY, N.Y. — Union workers at King Kullen and Stop & Shop stores in New York said Thursday they were making “no progress” in negotiations on a new contract as the sides struggle over changes in health care law.

Contracts between the workers, represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500 here, and the retailers expire Sept. 28.


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“The Affordable Care Act is presenting tremendous and unprecedented challenges to these negotiations,” Bruce W. Both, president of Local 1500, said in a statement. “The complexity of this 22,000-page law, combined with confusing interpretations of the law by various federal agencies, such as the Department of Labor, IRS and Treasury Department, has left Union negotiators with no choice but to proceed slowly and cautiously as we negotiate the legally required changes.

"The one factor that has not changed during these negotiations, compared to previous ones, is our Union’s commitment to provide the members of UFCW Local 1500 comprehensive health care.”

The union has scheduled negotiations with employers Friday and Monday, a spokesman said.

Read more: ACA Adds Complexity to Contract Talks

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