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http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/01/20/transit.talks.ap/index.html

They make decent money. And lets face it, it's pretty easy work. They strike illegally and end up having to pay $3 million in fines plus 2 days pay per member (33,000 total, figure roughly $250 per member or $8.25 million total). The city offers them a fair contract and they reject it. Why? Because the contract would make them pay 1.5% for health insurance premiums. That's right... They have free health care right now. I would LOVE to get decent health care coverage for 1.5% of my pay. Just another example of people being ungrateful for what they have and being unwilling to change with the times because "this is the way it's always been." :rolleyes:
 

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Short-sightedness in the extreme. Let's strike for higher wages and benefits so we can keep up with the cost of living our current wages and benefits cost everyone . . .
 

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1.5% is nothing. that is what i pay and it is well worth it for the insurance i have.

can't they bring in scabs to drive the trains? doesn't seem like a job that requires much "specialized" skill
 

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A flat percentage for health cover is a bit rough. That means if you earn more that you pay more for something that costs the same for everyone. I guess it helps out the little guy though. Perhaps a percentage up to a maximum of $xxx dollars would be a bit fairer. Still gives the low income earners a good chance at health care, but doesn't mean the people earning a crap load have to say goodbye to all their cash.

Over here in Aus we don't know the meaning of health care that's part of a salary package. We have a half decent health care system that does alright if you're stuffed, otherwise you pay for private health insurance. The good thing is though is that if you earn a crapload, you don't have to pay 1.5% or more or your cash for health care, just what you decide is acceptable for the level of cover you want. Obviously the more you pay, the better the cover that is offered.
 

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maybe i misunderstood.

what i meant was that my biweekly deduction for health and dental equals about 1.5% of my base salary. mine just works out that way. others that are paid less than I am, pay a higher percentage and others that make more obviously pay less of a percentage (assuming we all have the same health plan)
 
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