New York City Teachers Union is Largest Recipient of Obamacare Waiver; Parent AFT Union Spent $1.9 Million on Obama Election

February 1, 2011 16:32

The United Federation of Teachers (UFT), the union representing New York City’s public school teachers, is the largest beneficiary of a waiver from one of the provisions in the health-care law signed by President Barack Obama last year.

By Fred Lucas at


The UFT is a chapter of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which spent $1.9 million on the election of President Barack Obama in 2008. The UFT is also an affiliate of the New York State United Teachers, which spent $46,139 in independent expenditures on the election of Obama.

The AFT has also been a major contributor to Democratic candidates across the country. In 2008, the organization donated $1.9 million to House Democratic candidates and $285,000 to Senate Democratic candidates. In 2010, the group contributed $2 million to House Democratic candidates and spent $217,000 on Senate Democratic candidates.

The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) political action committee spent $46,139 on Obama buttons and yard signs, according to a Sept. 15, 2008 report with the Federal Elections Committee.

On Sept. 14, 2009, the NYSUT issued a press release stating that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would not increase the cost of care and that reform would not cause its insurance coverage to change.


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