HolyCoast: So, Is It Really Worth Striking Over $9 a Week?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

So, Is It Really Worth Striking Over $9 a Week?

Or $23 a week for a family?  Those are the numbers that might cause the pampered employees of Ralphs, Albertsons and Vons to walk out tonight.
Under the latest offer from the employers, grocery workers would pay $9 a week for individual coverage and $23 a week for a family, company and union officials said.

The grocers say these premiums are necessary to help offset rising healthcare costs and augment the amount Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons are agreeing to pay into a trust fund that purchases healthcare for workers. But union officials say that what the employers have proposed to pay during negotiations on the complex deal is far short of what is necessary and would ultimately gut the trust fund. Instead, union officials say, the employers need to pay more in order for the fund to be viable long term.
If the strikers think shoppers are going to be sympathetic to people shutting down their grocery stores because they don't want to pay such pitiful sums of money for health care, they're badly mistaken.

My family currently pays over $500 per month for family medical through my wife's employer. How'd you like to absorb those costs, grocery clerks? The attitude of entitlement among union workers is so strong they can't even see the reality of the world they live in.  Poor babies.

Perhaps I should simply take my business to stores where such greedy unions are not present. And I won't be alone.

Kurt Schlichter adds this:
I am a Conservative: Hey grocery stores - fire the union losers. Plenty of ppl BHO has rendered jobless will be happy to start working.
Exactly.  How hard can it be to slide groceries across an electronic scanner?  When I was a kid the grocery checkers had to actually punch the price into the register.  If you asked them to do that today they'd probably fall on the floor in the fetal position.

1 comment:

Sam L. said...

I repeat my previous question on this: Have you asked the strikers where THEY get their groceries?

Second question: What is their hourly wage, and what percentage would $9 or $23 be of their weekly wages?