You know in the middle of a recession where people a struggling to find work of any kind this story is extraordinary.
The union is seeking a three-year contract that would increase its members’ share of health insurance premiums from 13 percent to 20 percent by the end of the deal. It is also seeking wage increases totaling 9.5 percent.
RTA Transit officials said they can offer only a one-year deal because they don’t know what money will be available beyond that. They have also said that an agreement is not possible because the union refused to agree to a 25 percent share of health insurance premiums.
The possibility of a strike alarmed WRTA patrons, who expressed concern about how they were going to get about if the transportation system ground to a halt.
Right now both sides are in the 2nd day of a 15 day “cooling off” period but as Sam Rosario host of the show following mine on WCRN pointed out the politicians have had no word to say about a Union asking for a 9.5% Payraise during the worst economic times in 80 years?
Perhaps Jim McGovern could be asked but then again how many democrats in this state owe their elections to the Union activist vote efforts on election day?
Meanwhile the Friends of Obama are also getting their reward.
Now comes word that Torquemada HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has approved a whopping 111 waivers for businesses of all sizes, along with more unions and other providers of health insurance. The escapees include employers of many low-wage and part-time workers whose health insurance plans would otherwise be dropped, including Darden Restaurants — the parent company of the Olive Garden and Red Lobster and other chains, which employ some 34,000 people.
If you were on the right side of the debate apparently you get the right side of the administration you get what you need:
The issue, Dear Friends, is not the waivers. Or Obamacare itself.
The issue, Dear Friends, is that Dear Leader decides who gets a waiver.
Your rights no longer are endowed by your Creator.
Make everything illegal (okay, bit of an overstatement, but you get the point) and then require people to ask for permission. It’s about control, and from where power emanates.
I guess if you support the left all things are possible and nothing is objectionable.