Jun 13, 2011|
on the current climate in healthcare, as Kaleida and SEIU enter talks
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We're talking this morning about the possibility. Of a worker. Strike against healthcare giant collider health. Let's welcome our guest art Wheaton who teaches industrial and labor relations at Cornell University high art hi -- I'm doing fine. Scary time. -- you know the cost of quality health care art continues to just go off people who work in the health care industry understandably they wanna -- more money. But this becomes a vicious cycle that never ends. I mean somebody has got to bend or none of us are going to be able to afford quality healthcare where do you see this thing ending. Well I I agree I think we do need to contain costs but I think some of the proposals from what I understand. Have not been about what's not increased costs they've all been about major reductions. In. Salary greater reductions in benefits. That it isn't just about. The union asking for more money this is -- concessionary bargaining agreement where they're trying to. Eliminate or cut a lot of costs. So it's stopped for both sides. You know we're talking about everyone from nurses to housekeeping stamp at buffalo general women's and children's hospital and Millard Fillmore. You know it's about 8000 in just under 8000 let me ask you this if there is a coffers strike. Generally where -- public sympathy go with the union with collide. It's it's very much a battle for public support for what can happen again for. Agreement for all the members -- have -- have solidarity for all the members saying is this really what we want -- to and for the most part it's own life. Let's spend some massive changes and mass of cuts and the threat of a strike is not that unusual and collective bargaining. So I don't know where it's gonna end up but it it's a pretty serious -- right now. But the best I missed it try to negotiated out if you both sides can come up with an agreement they can -- -- We're -- aren't you say that who with the workers are the ones being asked to make concessions and it doesn't seem to be. Any concessions being offered on the part of -- a lot of help but you know. Don't we currently live in a time where workers and almost all kinds of industries especially government. Are being asked to make concessions I mean those were real honor. Yeah I have no idea what concessions are being offered by his employment from the employer. Furcal right but it's it's always difficult and bargaining -- contract over the last hundred years to reduce wages for employees. So that's never an easy battle and this -- a strike is not an usual. But we do not know or at least I do not know what kind of concessions that management has been offering their side. I do know that. The C -- does make a good amount of money over there so that person in charge -- two million dollars that's fairly for non profits over. There's room to cut on both sides. Try to do the best. We know you said there's room to -- on both sides so wouldn't concessions from both sides sort of equate to an occasional. Correction on the stock market. I think I think so but I don't know secular links the stock market right now out of the stock market wanted to go up there which they were gonna eliminate 8000 people we're gonna get -- costs. They'll be horrible for everybody involved and health care. But this stock market would -- -- I don't think you're a perfect indicator for what's going on. Okay and our thanks for joining us this morning. Thank you very hard week moves with the school of industrial and labor relations at Cornell University.