There’s a Riot Goin’ On . . .

. . . in Usdan, specifically, on Wednesday, in favor of a sliding scale payment system for health care for Wesleyan staff. More details from the Facebook event:

Come show support and hear about the situation of the workers on our campus! Wear Wesleyan colors. Join USLAC (United Student Labor Action Coalition) in asking the administration to listen to the concerns of the workers and institute a sliding scale payment system for Health Care, because:

  • Health care costs for Wesleyan staff are sky-rocketing.
  • Wesleyan does not have a sliding scale for employees to pay for health Insurance. Thus, President Roth and the lowest paid administrative assistant pay the same in dollar amount (not percentage of salary) for health insurance.
  • The monthly premium for the family HMO package is $193.38 this year, but will rise to $501.60 in 2011.
  • Many cannot afford to pay these new prices, and will be forced to go without health insurance or turn to the taxpayer financed Husky Plan.
  • Staff must choose a health care plan by November 24th.
  • This could leave staff without health insurance for more than a year.
  • The administration is refusing to discuss any alterations to the self-insurance plan until the next round of contract negotiations with the clerical workers’ union.
  • Date: Wednesday, November 17
  • Time: 12:00 PM
  • Place: Usdan Cafe

7 thoughts on “There’s a Riot Goin’ On . . .

  1. blast

    Funny how the vast majority of folks at Wesleyan were for Obamacare. Now, we’re just beginning to see the results of that… Don’t blame the University for this. Blame Obama and the Democrats forcing through their version of reform!

    1. anonymous

      The university pointed to the last year’s claims as the reason, not the Health Care Reform Act. It has everything to do with the risky business of being self-insured, and the new rules are different for self-insured institutions. Wesleyan is not forced to extend insurance to older dependants, but decided to do so anyway (which I applaud). But the new rates prohibit many of us from paying for the family coverage that would help those young adults. So in effect it will benefit only those who are better able to cope with medical situations for their families, because they have more money.

  2. Barely Getting By

    “The monthly premium for the family HMO package is $193.38 this year, but will rise to $501.60 in 2011.”
    No one should have to pay 160% more for ANYTHING in this economic environment. So much for ObamaCare saving the day.

    1. rwohl

      Well, if “Obamacare” hadn’t been sabotaged by conservatives, it would have included a publicly-managed plan that would have dramatically competed down the price of all insurance plans. But of course, cutting back on corporate welfare is socialism

  3. Mmelmer

    In my case this is going to be a $57.00 a week increase. I earn $ 570.00 per week after taxes, etc. I pay $135/wk for child support. After all my bills including gas are paid I may have about $400/ month left. My car has 163000 miles on it and must travel 55 plus miles per day to come to work. I’d move closer but the circumstances are such that it would be extremely difficult. There are a number of other things such as family concerns , trying to find a part time job in this economy,etc that I would like to discus further. But I don’t think I have to. Hope gas doesn’t go up to much more
    I may not be able to afford to come to work. I know there are people worse off. Good luck.

  4. Marinvalue

    The Wesleyan elites once again show their true colors. Weed out the poor, the sick, the women and minorities by increasing their health care costs until they have to quit and work for Walmart.

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