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Why the Nevada Culinary Workers Revolted Against Their Union Bosses to Support Sanders and Medicare for All

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/02/25/why-nevada-culinary-workers-revolted-against-their-union-bosses-support-sanders-and

The concept of solidarity is Worker Organizing 101.

The CWU leadership flunked it by attacking universal health care for other workers in a short-sighted attempt to protect their own perks.

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This tragic story that happened to parents in the USA should amply demonstrate why Medicare for all needed in the USA. That the members of the Culinary union that voted Sanders recognize the vote was about others and not just them is good on them.

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Facts mattered to the Culinary Workers. Lies didn’t.

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According to Culinary workers interviewed before the NV. caucus, there is an additional reason Union Officials wanted their members to vote against a EIM4A candidate. They are basically running their own healthcare insurance company for their members with clinics. It could be a loss of profit from this model that could also be an incentive to push their rank and file members to vote against their own interests.

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The same reason that AARP lobbies against M4A. The profits of the "non"profit will plumet.

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I was just going to say that the workers are smarter than their union bosses.

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Solidarity means nothing if one is out of a job and many of these culinary worker jobs are here today-gone tomorrow. Their employer provided health insurance only lasts as long as they have an employer. Good on the workers for looking out for their own best interests.

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Like any insurance company, the unions make a lot of money on their employee insurance policies. Not hard to see the conflict of interest.

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"When the worker loses a job, he or she often loses coverage, and many agreements eliminate coverage in the event of a strike. In addition even the best plans are not written in stone and in an era of corporate givebacks have been often chipped away at."

Great points. Fear motivates and the thought of losing healthcare makes for obedient workers. The second sentence exposes the lies of establishment talking points regurgitated by Biden and the other corporate lackeys. Which is, 160 million Americans are satisfied with private insurance corporations collecting fees and paying bills.

First off, there is no choice of insurer. When hired, you are assigned to whomever management chose. Within that single ‘choice’, you pick from options that you can best afford. The less the premium, the higher the deductible. Some ‘choice’. Bernie’s plan has no such network restrictions. But that’s not the worst of it. How often has a worker been notified at the start of every new year (or another arbitrary date) that your company has either suddenly chosen a different carrier, or that the current carrier has ended coverage altogether? Additionally, whether sticking withe the same carrier or switching to another, it’s amazing how the coverage always seems to shrink while your costs increase. Just another of the hidden costs fomented by for-profit healthcare coverage - STRESS.

The second half of the article does a nice job explaining why a large company doesn’t support single payer, even though it would save them a bundle. The sociopathic elites realized that solidarity in this case is beneficial to them. Not in financial terms, but long-term consequences. Paying for an employee’s health coverage can be seen as a long term investment in the Ponzi scheme of capitalism. The less the hoi polloi view themselves as a powerful block sharing the same boat, the easier it becomes to divide and conquer with cultural issues. “Pay no attention to those one percenters behind the curtain. Look over there at those Mexicans stealing your job and sponging on your tax dollars!”.

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“Corporations like having healthcare linked to employment. They like having people held captive in jobs they hate for fear that they’ll lose their health coverage."

Ah. I knew there was a nefarious reason behind this campaigning against Sanders.