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Mon Apr 23, 2018, 05:46 PM

My job just got benefited!

YAY! Free health insurance! It's a union job I've had for 3-1/2 years, which I LOVE, but had to pay for insurance out-of-pocket because the job is only 32-hours/week and considered part-time. Well, they just benefited the position even though it's part-time. My patience paid off. I'm so happy! We pay zero for monthly premiums and most co-pays are zero to $5 and the care is top-notch. This will save me close to $450/month. It's like a huge raise.

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Reply My job just got benefited! (Original post)
Laffy Kat Apr 2018 OP
badhair77 Apr 2018 #1
Laffy Kat Apr 2018 #3
Yonnie3 Apr 2018 #2
Laffy Kat Apr 2018 #4
Yonnie3 Apr 2018 #5
Laffy Kat Apr 2018 #8
democrank Apr 2018 #6
Laffy Kat Apr 2018 #15
blm Apr 2018 #7
Laffy Kat Apr 2018 #9
kairos12 Apr 2018 #10
Laffy Kat Apr 2018 #16
blueinredohio Apr 2018 #11
Laffy Kat Apr 2018 #17
beveeheart Apr 2018 #12
Laffy Kat Apr 2018 #22
beveeheart Apr 2018 #23
KT2000 Apr 2018 #13
Laffy Kat Apr 2018 #18
Omaha Steve Apr 2018 #14
Laffy Kat Apr 2018 #19
BobTheSubgenius Apr 2018 #20
Laffy Kat Apr 2018 #21
IronLionZion Apr 2018 #24
aggiesal Apr 2018 #25
Laffy Kat Apr 2018 #36
aggiesal Apr 2018 #42
onecent Apr 2018 #26
Fla Dem Apr 2018 #27
Laffy Kat Apr 2018 #37
MLAA Apr 2018 #28
Laffy Kat Apr 2018 #38
trixie2 Apr 2018 #29
KPN Apr 2018 #30
lunatica Apr 2018 #31
louis c Apr 2018 #32
Oppaloopa Apr 2018 #33
Laffy Kat Apr 2018 #39
tavernier Apr 2018 #34
Laffy Kat Apr 2018 #40
calimary Apr 2018 #35
Laffy Kat Apr 2018 #41

Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 05:51 PM

1. So happy for you. Thats huge.

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Response to badhair77 (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 05:53 PM

3. Thanks! I kind of knew it was coming up the pike..

But wasn't sure until the boss called me into her office on my day off for a "meeting". I knew it was going to be either really good or really bad, LOL. My benies start on the next pay-period.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 05:52 PM

2. YES!

So often it goes the other direction.

What will you do with your new found wealth?

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Response to Yonnie3 (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 05:54 PM

4. I have a son in college. Need I say more?

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 06:00 PM

5. Wooosh, goes the $ ...

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Response to Yonnie3 (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 06:07 PM

8. True. But I will also be able to donate more (and not feel guilty).

Eventually, I need another "newer" car; I'll never buy new, but want to pass the one I'm driving down to my other son. It will have a positive domino effect.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 06:02 PM

6. Really happy for you.

What a relief this must be.

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Response to democrank (Reply #6)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 08:06 PM

15. Thanks, long time coming!

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 06:05 PM

7. Happy for you and your co-workers.

Wish this would spread all over.

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Response to blm (Reply #7)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 06:08 PM

9. This is what unions do for people. nt

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 07:01 PM

10. Congrats Laffy Kat!

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Response to kairos12 (Reply #10)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 08:06 PM

16. Thanks, kairos12.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 07:07 PM

11. Congrats on the health care. I'm a PROUD union member

I don't have benefits that good but I do have them thank goodness.

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Response to blueinredohio (Reply #11)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 08:07 PM

17. Thanks. It's an actual HMO that I work for, so that's why we get such good benies!

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 07:27 PM

12. Happy for you, LK!

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Response to beveeheart (Reply #12)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 08:29 PM

22. Thanks, beveeheart.

We need to get together and celebrate. I'll get to give up working on Sundays soon.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #22)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 08:56 PM

23. Sundays off? That's great, I always hated

working on Sundays when I was (briefly) in retail.

Seen any good movies lately? My movie-watching lately seems to be Netflix and Kindle.

Yes, let's get together.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 07:30 PM

13. that is great!!

Congrats -

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Response to KT2000 (Reply #13)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 08:08 PM

18. Thanks. I've loved this job since I've had it..

The only thing was the lack of benies, and now I have those, too.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 07:48 PM

14. K&R!


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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #14)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 08:08 PM

19. Thanks, OS!

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 08:24 PM

20. Congratulations!!!

So glad to hear these stories, few though they may be.

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Response to BobTheSubgenius (Reply #20)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 08:27 PM

21. Thanks, Bob, TSG! nt

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 08:23 AM

24. Congrats!

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 09:52 AM

25. There was a time in this country, when ...

a union shop entered a community the community cheered.
Why?
Because when a union shop enters a community, not only do union
jobs pay well, but that shop raises all wages in the community.

Congratulations!

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Response to aggiesal (Reply #25)

Wed Apr 25, 2018, 01:04 AM

36. I tell people this all the time.

It is so discouraging how many people are against unions. Just the term, "Right to Work" state infuriates me. The other thing that bothers me are all the employees I work with who receive union representation but do not pay union dues. I have been paying extra dues since I started this job to help make up the for those who don't. I plan to add even more now.

Thanks for the congrats!

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #36)

Wed Apr 25, 2018, 10:52 AM

42. I have a friend that just got hired into a union shop ...

driving a bus.

She immediately started telling me that she can save on the
union dues because California is a Right-To-Work state.

I told her Right-To-Work means Right-To-Work-For-Less.
It's breaking down the power of unions so that unions will
have to concede wages and benefits due to membership size.

This country had the strongest middle-class in the history
of the world (50's, 60's & 70's), when unions had about
33% of the workforce.

Since McIdiot Ronnie Raygun created a war on unions, the
middle class has been shrinking ever since.

I don't know why people can't see this.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 10:19 AM

26. That is WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 11:02 AM

27. Good for you!!!! Couple of questions.

Is the insurance provided through the union or your employer? Did they say why they are now going to provide free health care? Just curious if they are crediting the Trump tax cut?

Whatever the reason, I'm very happy for you Laffy Kat!

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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #27)

Wed Apr 25, 2018, 01:10 AM

37. It's an HMO (the first HMO created) and the employees have always had free insurance.

And up until recently, those who put in 25 years could retire with free insurance. They have grand-fathered that out, unfortunately, although they still get the HMO medical at a greatly reduced cost. I started too late to qualify for any of that. It's almost impossible to get a position in this organization due to the medical insurance benefits and the union. Our hourly pay is quite good as well. The reason I took this job almost four years ago was to get my foot in the door and I'm so glad I did.

Thank you!

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 11:13 AM

28. Huge raise and peace of mind!

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Response to MLAA (Reply #28)

Wed Apr 25, 2018, 01:11 AM

38. Yes. I'm recently divorced and it just really, really helps. nt

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 11:14 AM

29. Crongrats! Michigan is now a right to work state

I miss my benefits.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 12:33 PM

30. Great news! Now that's a pay raise!

A tangible, life-changing benefit of unions. . If only we could get this word out to workers everywhere throughout the nation.

Just think about the economic stimulus that would be generated by providing all workers with health coverage like this.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 12:52 PM

31. Unions rock!

Iím a proud Teamster who was lifted out of years of having to shop at the Dollar Store to make ends meet when my union negotiated a five year contract that increased our pay by 15% over five years. When that was over they negotiated another five year contract that increased it by 19% percent.

Just to show you how amazing that is, in the same 10 year period the rest of the administrative workers (in UC Berkeley) got two one time raises. One was 2% across the board raise, and the other was 3% merit only raise to be distributed within the department among all the non union represented staff. That was a hard slap in the face to the staff. That included all the supervisors, student assistants, lab management, HR, Payroll, Purchasing and Accounts payable, an army of internal grounds keepers, electricians, janitors, shuttle drivers, food preparers and servers and office staff for each department. Many of them belonged to other unions, but ours which represented the clerical workers is the strong one.

Congratulations!

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 02:02 PM

32. Thank your union

 

They will really appreciate your positive opinion.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 02:40 PM

33. May I ask the name of your union?

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Response to Oppaloopa (Reply #33)

Wed Apr 25, 2018, 01:12 AM

39. It's in the medical industry, SEIU. nt

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 03:41 PM

34. Woo Hoo!

Iíll lift a glass to you tonight! I love happy news!

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Response to tavernier (Reply #34)

Wed Apr 25, 2018, 01:13 AM

40. Thanks, tavernier.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 05:10 PM

35. That's TERRIFIC!

SO glad to hear this! I'm a big believer in unions.

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Response to calimary (Reply #35)

Wed Apr 25, 2018, 01:14 AM

41. Meeeeee toooo.

You have to take the good with the bad but it's so worth it.

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