Los Angeles Jobs

Los Angeles Jobs

In an effort to save city worker jobs, Los Angeles unions recently voted for healthcare givebacks. The workers will be giving 4% of their salaries toward health benefits to help avoid furloughs or layoffs in the area. It is the first time the workers have agreed to do this. 80% of those who voted approved of the measure.

This action proves that the power of collective bargaining can provide very helpful, compassionate results. The $400 million that will come out of the workers’ pockets may not be very fair in many peoples’ eyes—particularly those who approve of universal coverage and still wonder why America is the only developed country without it—but it will ultimately save many people’s jobs and, subsequently, the lives of many families.

The majority of these workers were willing to take a pay cut in order to save their fellow workers from having no pay at all, and if workers are continually provided with this right, they will be able to continue making group decisions in order to save their fellow Americans—unlike the decisions that business owners and government officials keep making.

Perhaps politicians could learn from what these workers have done. Wonder how many jobs could be saved if Congress took a 4% pay cut?