Gas prices may be about to shoot back up - because refinery workers are about a day or so away from going on strike. Their demands? Higher pay & full healthcare for all current and retired. The same conditions that have drained the automakers to the point of needing a bailout. With so many out of work, and I'm sure, no shortage of people willing to scab for their jobs, putting survival above union, is this really a time for anyone to demand anything? The refineries have offered a scaling raise - something most people would be happy to see in the age of frozen salaries.
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When it comes to unions, we haven't seen anything yet. After the EFCA is signed, many businesses will struggle to make ends meet.
Answer by QuinnMae at 6:12 PM on Jan. 31, 2009
Some might say it was people wanting to be treated well, paid well and have benefits that are driving companies under. I say that it is the frivolous spending. Big companies buying out other companies and paying their CEOs ungodly amounts of money. They make no provisions for catastrophes (like the current economy) and go down the second they have slow sales. Should employees suffer and not ask for better benefits and more pay to take care of their families because these large companies can't balance human resources vs. irresponsible spending? Absolutely not. It is selfish to expect them to. If you feel you aren't compensated for your work and need health benefits, then ask for them. I would hardly blame the workers if the gas prices went back up. A good company (oil companies included) can balance caring for their workers while still charging responsible prices. If they can't, that's not the worker's fault.
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