Oregon AFL-CIO wants large companies to pay for health coverage
Taking aim at the world's largest retailer, the Oregon AFL-CIO plans to file a ballot measure this week to force Wal-Mart and other large Oregon employers to spend more money on health insurance programs for their employees.
The proposed initiative, patterned after a new Maryland law, is part of a nationwide effort by labor unions in about 30 states to try to extend health insurance to more people who currently lack coverage even though they have jobs.
The idea is to make sure that a company like Wal-Mart pays its "fair share" in providing health coverage to workers, Chamberlain said.
And all of this is said the day after Ford announces 30,000 job cuts because of Union mandates. This is so wrong I'm not even sure where to begin.
A company doesn't exist to provide health care, a company exists to make money. That being said, Wal-Mart does go above and beyond the call of duty with their social responsibility.
In 2004, Wal-Mart Stores and SAM'S CLUB gave $1,222,500 to local causes and organizations in the communities they serve in the state of Oregon. In addition, many charities and organizations received in-kind donations and additional funds raised through stores, CLUBS and distribution centers in the amount of $1,074,538, for a grand total of $2,297,038 contributed through Wal-Mart's presence across the state.
And their business paid more than $14.7 million in state and local taxes in the state of Oregon in 2004.
When Unions and government stop dictating to the market and let the market start dictating price and wage again then we will see a resurgence in the number of successful American businesses. Until then we will continue to see companies like Ford and the airlines struggle.