Union Stands in the Way of Health Insurance Savings

A state plan to save cities and counties millions of dollars each year in health insurance costs goes untouched because of unions. According to Boston.com . . .

The obstacle to joining for most municipalities is a provision in the law that requires them to get the approval of 70 percent of a panel of local union representatives.

Municipal unions, wary of higher out-of-pocket expenses for its members, have balked at efforts to move into the GIC.

Just a form of extortion, costing both the taxpayer and the unions.

Last February, the GIC, facing a budget deficit, increased its deductibles in the middle of the fiscal year.

Mitchell said she thought that increase probably dampened interest in the GIC among some municipalities.

Perish the thought that union members would have to man up and pay a portion of the cost of health care.

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