To: Lancey Howard
By the way, the shift to benefits as the collective bargaining platform actually benefits (!) the employer as well, since it broadens the mechanism by which an employer can compensate his workers and gives him vastly more flexibility. Many of the components of a benefits package could be more readily managed by the employer, and offered at varying rates or subsidies depending on factors like seniority, performance, training, evaluations, company profitability, etc..
I think it could be a win-win.
posted on 08/02/2006 11:20:51 AM PDT
By the way, the shift to benefits as the collective bargaining platform actually benefits (!) the employer as well
I totally disagree.
"Benefits" includes health-care insurance and (to a lesser degree theses days, thankfully) pensions. These are not fixed costs and the trend has been increases that are sharply higher than the rate of inflation. Heck, this is exactly WHY the unions do not want "benefits" replaced by higher wages, and exactly WHY so many companies are going belly up (or moving).
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