I believe everyone has a right to good, affordable health care.
Unfortunately, we live in America, where that is no longer possible.
As a member of the musicians’ union (Local 47), I can sympathize
with the grocery strikers. But most members of my union have to buy
their own health insurance, since only about 2% of members qualify
for coverage under the union plan.
My wife is a substitute teacher in the L.A. Unified School
District and a member of the teachers’ union. She does not work
enough days for coverage by her union, either. So here we are, two
union members who are left to fend for ourselves. From our vantage
point, the grocery employees have pretty darn good coverage. We are
envious of them.
Everyone out there is in the same boat. Health care is a national
problem that needs to be addressed in Washington, D.C., not at the
union negotiating tables.
In my opinion, the grocery workers presently have a much better
benefits package than most workers out there. If they want to strike
to hold on to the good thing they’ve got, then more power to them. As
for me, my sympathies lie with the workers who have no health-care
coverage at all. And believe me, there are plenty of them out there.