The W
Views: 100778639
Main | FAQ | Search: Y! / G | Calendar | Color chart | Log in for more!
23.11.14 1834
The W - Random - Workplace Health Insurance
This thread has 4 referrals leading to it
Register and log in to post!
Thread rated: 6.76
Pages: 1
(414 newer) Next thread | Previous thread
User
Post (7 total)
Dexley's Midnight Jogger
Pepperoni
Moderator








Since: 10.10.02
From: New Hampshire

Since last post: 294 days
Last activity: 208 days
#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.81
I work for the a decent company and one of the reasons I don't mind the low wages is that our benefits are fantastic. One example is that we have 100% paid health insurance with only a small co-pay for doctor visits. However, our union recently approved a proposal that we start paying a small amount (around $60.00 a month) towards our health care. To compensate they will raise wages significantly over the next two years.

That amount seems like a drop in the bucket overall, but I'm worried that it is the the first step and if the door is open for increases in the near future. Also, the pay increase is a percentage across the board and doesn't compliment some of the lower paid employees very well.

I don't think there is a way to avoid paying for part of the health care costs. But I was curious as to the experiences of others.
Promote this thread!
DJ FrostyFreeze
Knackwurst








Since: 2.1.02
From: Hawthorne, CA

Since last post: 4 days
Last activity: 52 min.
#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.86

    Originally posted by Dexley's Midnight Jogger
    our union recently approved a proposal that we start paying a small amount (around $60.00 a month) towards our health care.
Is there any kind of cap on how long your employer has to wait before they can raise that $60.00? I mean, is that like a 3-5 year deal or something then the union has to renegotiate again?



CLICK OR DIE
-Feels safer with Paris Hilton off the streets.
casualfan
Chaurice








Since: 26.6.07

Since last post: 2706 days
Last activity: 2282 days
#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
I would look at the overall benefit: are you gaining or losing money by the deal? A close friend of mine just recently had his union vote to go on strike because the pay raise wasn't enough to cover the increased health premiums. Result: lost wages, a lockout, and now there's serious flak on the job against the unionized workers. Not saying this would be your situation, but just something to put it in perspective.
DrDirt
Banger








Since: 8.10.03
From: flyover country

Since last post: 31 days
Last activity: 1 day
#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.74
    Originally posted by Dexley's Midnight Jogger
    I don't think there is a way to avoid paying for part of the health care costs. But I was curious as to the experiences of others.


First, I suppose you could decline the insurance, which I am not advocating.

I agree with the previous posts. My insurance for the three of us runsa $7500 per year with a total real deductible of $2200 per person. $60 sounds good. Many companies view benefits as a lead weight aound their necks and higher salaries may be a better option for them but maybe not you.

An what is a significant increase in wages?



Perception is reality
Corajudo
Frankfurter








Since: 7.11.02
From: Dallas, TX

Since last post: 138 days
Last activity: 9 days
#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.73
$60 a month is a fantastic deal, more so if it covers the entire family. Also, if it goes up too much in the future, you can always opt out (but that is almost always a bad decision).

The thing is that, without health insurance, one bad illness or accident can more than wipe out any significant increase in salary. This is especially true if you have a family.



"Teach children that they have great potential because they are human." -Warrior
Dexley's Midnight Jogger
Pepperoni
Moderator








Since: 10.10.02
From: New Hampshire

Since last post: 294 days
Last activity: 208 days
#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.81
    Originally posted by DrDirt
    An what is a significant increase in wages?


We will be given a 3.5% jump six months from now and 5.5% one year after that. That does not include any raises employees may get from annual reviews.

The contract gets negotiated every two years. My main concern is that it will increase with every contract.

Thanks for all the input so far.
Leroy
Boudin blanc








Since: 7.2.02

Since last post: 4 days
Last activity: 4 days
#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.15
    Originally posted by Dexley's Midnight Jogger
    The contract gets negotiated every two years. My main concern is that it will increase with every contract.


That's something I would definitely bring up to my union representative.





"Oh my God! They have a shit-load of Cockapoo stuff!"
-Jennifer's greatest quote... ever.
Thread rated: 6.76
Pages: 1
Thread ahead: What are some good BBQing tips?
Next thread: Beware the vampire peacocks
Previous thread: deathvalleydriver.com?
(414 newer) Next thread | Previous thread
I keep meaning to start Pokemon Stadium 1......
- CRZ, Gotta catch 'em all (2002)
The W - Random - Workplace Health InsuranceRegister and log in to post!

The W™ message board

ZimBoard
©2001-2014 Brothers Zim

This old hunk of junk rendered your page in 0.215 seconds.