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Friday, October 05, 2007



Blue collar and white collar employees have been treated differently since the dawn of organized labor. For example, blue collar employees have certain layoff and firing protection. Not so non-unionized white collar. When blue collar workers work outside of their normal worktime, they get paid overtime. For white collar, usually not so.

So now that the UAW will be responsible for maintaining the health insurance program for union members, the UAW will be able to do what they want. It seems like that would be a victory for the union, liberating its employees from company control. I guess the answer here is to be careful what you wish for; you just might get it.

BTW, as I understand it, under S-CHIP, a 24-year old would be considered a "child."

Bill Hawley

You're right. In this country, we worry too much about bringing everyone slightly above us down to our level rather than focusing on the big chiefs who have it so much better than us underlings and trying to get what THEY have. We need more populism and less everyone-for-himself. George Bush and his cronies don't want poor kids who are sick to have socialized medicine even though he doesn't have a problem with us taxpayers shelling out for HIS socialized medicine.

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