We look at this healthcare situation this way: If the UAW can't get a great deal, none of us can. We've read comments on our fellow car blogs where folks write: "It's time for the UAW to get into the real world and join the rest of us." We take that to mean where we all have crappy health coverage that costs too much. But why would anyone want others to be in the same crappy boat? Wouldn't it be better to be in the better boat? Now of course we're not suggesting everyone join the UAW. Rather, why not want the same benefits they have? Or your boss? Or your boss's boss?
This problem has been a long time coming, and it's only going to get worse. And even if workers are stripped of more and more benefits, the products we purchase are never going to get better, cheaper or safer because the healthcare for workers has been reduced. The only results of fewer benefits will be higher corporate profits and fatter bonuses for upper management. And sicker workers.
Here's a great read about The Labor Lessons GM Never Learned. And while this references GM, it applies to all corporations. And all workers everywhere.
So before you criticize the autoworkers union on healthcare,* remember, Where the unions go, we eventually all go.
*We're not saying the union shouldn't be criticized at all. Everything should be looked at with a critical eye. That's how you recognize successes and identify areas to improve. Whether it's unions, cars or Alison. Strike that last one. Alison is sooo perfect. Heck, anyone who gets to touch Dolly Parton is awesome!