Career Calling

March 20, 2013

Striking For More Than Money

We hear all the time about greedy unions.  Do workers want more money?  Sure.  So do CEOs.  The corporate media ignores other issues that unions and working people care about.  For example, class size and school closing were a major concern for striking teachers in Chicago.  Similarly, SEIU is taking action against Providence Health & Services, which is changing healthcare coverage and transferring more cost to workers.

According to Greg Kaufmann writing in The Nation (Common Dreams), family coverage has increased from $750 to $3,000.  This isn’t just a salary issue.  If a large (5 state) not-for-profit like Providence can make this decision, what sane for-profit company will not follow suit?  SEIU is standing up for a social good.  That’s not greed.  It’s a commitment to justice.

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