Below are my thoughts.
First, I do not think we should
pay 20% copay for the insurance. If pilots want to pay, let them. I am
certain that if we get what we want, the pilots will go to the corporate
office (namely to Jeff) demanding 20% copay wave or will start
unnecessary drama such as not flying the planes. They will ultimately
leave us hanging and to deal with angry customers, which is entirely
If we end up paying 20% per person, we will be
paying around $100.00 to $150.00 per month for premium, in addition to
co-payments for doctors visits and hospital stays. If there is any doubt
regarding this, I have proof that this will be the ultimate end result.
In 2008, Mr. Vern Luxunberg (IAM) did me wrong. Because of him, I was
sent to work at the maintenance base. He told me that he negotiated for
me so I could keep my seniority and benefits. However, when I started
working, United began to take out $179.00/month for insurance payments
for Kaiser. This was taken out without my permission. I have yet to
receive any written information, explanation, or confirmation from IAM
Therefore, adding another 20% co payment will
result in no benefit for us. In fact, it will harm us. IAM repeatedly
informed us that we would get the best contract; if this is the best
they can do, then this should be voted down.
Lastly, job security for those who have less than 10
years with United should not vote if they are planning to stay with
United for a long period of time.