I do not think it means what you think it means

Posted: August 19, 2011 by Sean M. in Lame, News

We had a grocery store workers’ strike here in SoCal a few years ago, and it looks like we might be heading toward another one sometime soon. Why? Well, one of the local chains wants union workers to start paying for their health insurance (with my emphasis):

[Grocery chain spokeswoman Kendra] Doyel has said that Ralphs currently pays more than 90 percent of its employees’ health insurance. Workers hired before 2004 pay nothing, while those hired later pay $7 a week for single or $15 a week for family coverage.

The companies’ proposal would raise that to $9 a week for singles and $23 a week for families, she said.

In addition, there would be no changes in prescription drug co-payments, or annual deductibles or out-of-pocket maximums for PPO plans.

But [Local union president Rick] Icaza called the offer “draconian,” and said it would make medical costs too high for members to pay.

Look, I know times are tough, families need to pinch every penny they can, and grocery store work isn’t exactly gonna bring in the big bucks, but in what universe is paying thirty-six bucks a month for yourself or ninety-two bucks a month for your entire family for health insurance “draconian“? That’s a goddamn bargain for most people.

I understand that it’s not as sweet a deal as paying nothing at all, but would you rather have free health benefits or a fucking job when people can’t spend as much as they used to when they shop for more expensive food?

Hell, the local Ralphs (which had been around for decades) just closed. You know what they did with their employees? Transferred them to other stores in the surrounding area instead of just letting them go. The heartless corporate bastards.

  1. alexthechick says:

    Right before I left for vacation, I found out that I am facing losing my health insurance through work entirely as the firm’s in a huge cash flow crisis and my employers can’t pay for it. My response was to volunteer to pay the premiums myself. Yup, I just voluntarily suggested a pay cut so that at least I could keep. my. fucking. job. I really really want to slap people.

  2. MikeD says:

    Unions seem bent on driving their own members out of work. I am SO grateful that Georgia is a Right to Work state.

  3. leelu says:

    I remember that strike. Wasn’t long after that I noticed more self-check lanes appearing.

    I believe that’s called “Choices – Consequences”, aka “Cause and Effect”.


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