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  • dfwtexas289 dfwtexas289 Oct 30, 2004 4:52 PM Flag

    Another benefit eliminated

    This is GREAT!!! I don�t see why us shareholders should be paying for retiree�s health care. The even better news is that most companies are eliminating healthcare.

    My retired parents don�t have employee paid health care and my wife and I won�t so I don�t see why anyone else should.

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    • So simply because you don't have something, no one else should either? You sound like my kids. It's not fair! He got candy and I didn't!
      There are many things you probably don't have.
      Let's start with a heart.....
      When any corporation makes a cut, just because they can, it doesn't make it correct, beneficial, or anything but greedy.
      Why should we share holders pay for the benefits of a retiree? Because they were promised benefits as part of their compensation package. Need another reason? That employee is part of the reason BB&T is where it is today, why the stock is over $42 today.
      How many employees are really going to go the extra mile and work their rear end off when they know they can be screwed at will at the end of their career. And don't hand me any crap about finding another job if you don't like what's going on. That's all it is, a load of crap. Our quality of life in America is sinking quickly because of thinking like yours. What happened to working hard to get ahead instead of whining about how well another individual may be doing.
      Economic slavery is every bit as reprehensible as physical slavery and that is where this country is the company store.
      When did we lose the concept that one could actually work hard and expect to be rewarded?
      And promises to be kept? Not to be told at every turn about how lucky you are to even have a job.

      • 1 Reply to rslreality
      • <<<When any corporation makes a cut, just because they can, it doesn't make it correct, beneficial, or anything but greedy.>>>

        The only purpose of stocks is to make their shareholders money thus by their very nature they are greedy. Stocks/companies are not living creatures thus they have no morals. The market does not reward stocks/companies, that are politically correct but underperforms the market. The market DOES reward companies that have increasing earnings, even if those earnings come from taking away prescription drugs from retired employees. The market does not really care about what is morally right or wrong as long as it makes money. All the market cares about is earnings and the pressure is on CEO�s to increase those earnings.

        Good or bad this is the reality of the United States. It�s much different in Europe where companies keep their promises to their employees�but then again America has demonized Europe so we won�t be going in that direction any time soon.

    • You sound like some kind of lunatic. I bet you have all of 100 shares, probably less.These people earned their benefit you idiot. Jump on your horse , ride into the desert, and stay there.

    • In previous years BBT stated to banks that they were courting "In addition to all of our other benefits, we will pay for health insurance for your employees when they have 25 yrs of service and are over 55". Unfortunately many older employees took BBT at their word.

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      • Exactly! This was information that current retirees used when making their decision to retire. How can any employee make inteligent decisions concerning their retirement when they cannot count on their employers to tell the truth?

        I have no problem with the bank telling me that if I retire after 1/1/05 they'll no longer pay my health insurance. I know this BEFORE I decide to retire. But changing the rules once the game has started (once I retire)is just plain dishonest. And for a bank that preaches honesty and integrity, I find this hypocritical.

        Just my 2 cents... YMMV

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