Thursday, May 5, 2011

What's More Important than Medical Care for Children in Oakland?

Why, unionized nurses not having to contribute towards their health benefits, of course!

As reported in the Contra Costa Times, today is the first day in a planned five-day strike by nurses at the Children's Hospital of Oakland. At issue is the refusal of the nurses' union, California Nurses Association-National Nurses Unified, to accept changes that would require them to contribute up to $4,000 a year toward their PPO premiums if they elected not to enroll in a high-deductible PPO or an HMO-style plan with Kaiser Permanente. You can really understand the union's position on this. After all, the average nurse at the hospital makes about $140,000 a year, so asking them to contribute towards their health care is simply inhuman. And the hospital is rolling in money. Well, not counting the $31 million it's lost since 2009.

In any case, we're sure the sick children in the hospital will see the nurses' side of the argument.


  1. How come we're always told "Think of the children!"... unless it involves a union?
  2. Pretty much. "Think of the children, unless unionized nurses or teachers who get 3 times the benefits of their private-sector counterparts are asked to give up a small portion of those benefits. Then those little b******s are gonna need to take care of themselves for a while".
  3. Well, to be fair those nurses do need to earn a living wage, which is what, $300K in the Bay Area?
  4. I know nurses in the Bay Area that make a lot less than $140,000 a year, and they don't seem to be confronting poverty in any way. And if you lived in the area around that hospital in Oakland, $300,000 a year might make you one of the wealthiest people in your Census tract.