Engineers, members of the Stationary Engineers (possibly local 39) were also out on the lines and they told me that there were attacks coming up on their health care benefits and pensions also. It's very good the workers have taken this action, however, it's hard to imagine that a one day strike can accomplish much other than to have workers let of some steam. Also, as is so often the case as the strategists at the helm of the organized Labor movement do not like to refer to capitalists, or an economic "system" called capitalism, much of the focus is simply on the profits the individual company makes and the exorbitant salaries of the executives like the $9 million in compensation Kaiser CEO Georga Halvorsan makes.
What is a struggle between capital and Labor and capital's rapacious thirst for profits, something that health care should not be concerned with, the issue is sort of personalized; it's simply greed in the abstract and greedy CEO's in particular.
|Members of Stationary Engineers 39 supporting NUHW|
Take Wall Street, big Pharma and business out of health care. For a national health care system run by those who use the services and the workers that provide them.