Trust me, I work for the Government

Go away and die, Please, pretty please.

The Bush legal system has decided it is OK to lie to anyone over 65 and let them starve or die if their benefits might cut into profits. Here is the opening of a NY times story with the link to the whole article.


U.S. Ruling Backs Benefit Cut at 65 in Retiree Plans


Published: December 27, 2007

WASHINGTON — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday that employers could reduce or eliminate health benefits for retirees when they turn 65 and become eligible for Medicare.

Read the whole story, here, they say it is not age discrimination and they can cut your families health care too. BRING AN AIRSICKNESS BAG!

The ruling is the Bush/Cheney way of voiding contracts and attacking Unions. They hate Unions, they hate working Americans so much that if they couldn’t win in a contract they needed a way to say “only fooling” after signing the documents. Retirement pensions and health care were negotiated as deferred benefits and both sides knew the costs. Unions and employers figure the costs and make promises. Employers and unions go to the table at the end of every contract. Companies have multiple chances to renegotiate the terms of these deferred benefits. This commission ruling voids negotiated benefits by handing one side a win with no way to bargain. I am still in shock that the AFL-CIO has backed the commission ruling. I have spent 15 years active in the MSEA-SEIU as a member and steward. I can only hope that our Union will never sell us out the way the AFL-CIO is selling out their members. Retirees don’t pay dues; does that mean that their Union doesn’t owe any loyalty to their older members? Is it just the money?

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December 27th, 2007 Posted by narsbars | Uncategorized | no comments

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