just curious, as i dont know....how are the wages in these companies that are paying health care verses companies that may not be?
That is what a lot of people tend to forget. If you make a higher wage, there is a trade off. I am dealing with that right now. I have two employees that have had some pretty good benefits (no insurance, but paid vehicle and/or paid gas for their personal vehicle) that are abusing both and then say they are not making enough money, or when I suggest that they are abusing the privelege, they say - well, I can't afford to put my own gas in my car or I felt like it is okay to drive the company vehicle (and company gas) all over town with my children in it (who by the way would invalidate our insurance if he were to have a wreck).
Here is the point. When these two both came to work, they were paid a very competitive salary, opportunity to earn more (with more work), and company benefits defined such as an amount to spend each week in fuel, etc. Now tell me this...how can someone who KNOWS that they can spend $50 of the company's money a week in guess morally spend $95 per week and then threaten to quit if you tell them that it has to come out of their paycheck?
And before anyone starts jumping on me, this employee will make over $60,000 this year BEFORE getting this benefit of $2600 per year in fuel allowance. Meanwhile, our Company President (CEO if it was an Inc) hasn't drawn a penny in about 2 months. He got paid a whopping $8,000 last year for administrative duties, and the company pays for his cell phone (no gas, no car, no personal perks).
So, there is an argument on both sides, because now, if everything holds to term on the HC bill, this $60,000 plus cell phone, plus gas paid employee will pick up a $400-$600 per month health care plan. Meanwhile, his productivity continues to go on a downward spiral.....sounds fair to me.