Sunday, October 16, 2016

Union of Sheeple

Just in case you didn't think that the union was in cahoots with administration:

Urgent meeting called by the union.

The hospital wants to change our health insurance.  Without hearing anything further, I guessed that the "new" plan will cost the hospital less and the employees more.

The union rep said, "It's a pretty good plan and it will actually cost us less per paycheck than the current one."

"We have a good plan, one of the only good things about working here," I offered.  "How much less does the new plan cost us?"

The union rep flopped around and finally came up with a number:  $20 less per paycheck.

"Doesn't the 'new' plan have an annual one thousand dollar deductible before paying anything, including routine office visits from in-network doctors?" I asked.

"Well, yes," the union rep said.  "But the current plan also has deductibles."

"Not for in-network providers," I replied.  "You only pay a deductible when you go to someone who is not in the plan."

"Well, it's still a savings," the union rep continued.

"No, it is not," I asserted.  "We have 26 paychecks per year.  Multiply that by $20, and you save $520 in premiums.  But then you have to offset that against the new thousand dollar deductible and the higher office copays.  This new plan will cost us more."

The union rep was growing angry.  "All I know is that I cannot afford to have any more money taken out of my paycheck."  The sheeple nodded their heads.  Some glared at me.  "We HAVE to vote yes in this situation," she stated.

She probably made a side deal with administration to get the union to say okay to the new plan.

Her salary is also at least $30,000 more per year than mine as specified in the union contract she helped draft.


  1. This sounds eerily similar to what we just went through in minneapolis. We were on strike for 6 weeks over health insurance.

    1. This place is not organized and motivated enough to strike.

  2. The Union I am a member of is certainly not management friendly. On the flip side they are often in it for themselves and are swimming in members dues money. I recently wrote about it.

    1. The idea of a labor union is great. Protect the interests of the worker (safety, pay, benefits) against the larger and far more powerful employer. But where I work, the union is management, so there is a conflict of interest. I pay over $100 per month to the union. We do not get annual raises, they are taking away our good health insurance, and the union always sides with management/themselves in any dispute. The union has become a money-maker for someone, and it is not the nurses who are benefiting.