Bloomberg:  Unions’ Health Benefits May Avoid Tax Under Proposal

The U.S. Senate proposal to impose taxes for the first time on “gold-plated” health plans may bypass generous employee benefits negotiated by unions.

“Gold-plated”?  You mean, like the plan Zappos employees get?

It can also affect companies such as Henderson, Nevada- based Zappos.com, where workers’ $11 per hour pay is supplemented by employer-paid health insurance plans worth about $7,500.

And why is that?  Two reasons:

  1. The Zappos plan exceeds the rate that is offered to federal employees, and,
  2. Taxes “shouldn’t be taken from the backs of workers who have bargained away wages and other things for their benefits over the years,” according to a union guy.

Instead, taxes should be taken from the backs of all other workers.

Hope, change, taxes.  How’s that working for you?