SEIU Members Strike After Obamacare-Caused Job Cut

SEIU Members Strike After Obamacare-Caused Job Cut

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members in Chicago have gone on strike after a janitorial company cut some union jobs and hours because of Obamacare, a law the SEIU supported. 

Tyler French, the organizing director of SEIU Local 1 in Chicago, said a janitorial company called “Professional Maintenance” cut the jobs and hours.

Under Obamacare’s employer mandate, which was delayed for a year, companies that employ 50 or more full-time employees will have to provide insurance to employees who work 30 hours or more a week–which is how Obamacare defines full-time employees–or pay hefty fines. 

French, though, told Mediatrackers that he felt the company used Obamacare as the “latest excuse in a long line of many that we’ve seen from corporate America.”

Due to similar job cuts around the country, unions have been asking the Obama administration for special exemptions to the Obamacare law they had previously supported.