Instead of prices, Walmart is rolling back healthcare coverage for part-time workers and raising premiums for full-time staff.
A few years ago, after being rightly criticized because many of its workers could not afford or did not qualify for healthcare coverage, Walmart expanded coverage to include all employees – including part-time employees – and their families.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently announced that players would be responsible for any healthcare costs incurred during a league lockout. This kind of threat demonstrates the difficulties workers face in seeking a fair day’s pay—on and off the field.
A lockout occurs when an employer, not a union, decides to stop work. In doing so, the employer hopes to force employees into a more desirable bargaining position, usually one that requires employees to make concessions in their next contract. In the case of the NFL, the owners have hinted at the use of a lockout to force concessions from the players and their union, the NFL Players Association. Read more »