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Please excuse the short diary.  I don't diary here often, although I do lurk, comment, recommend, and read, read, read! Right now I am sickened, disheartened, and pretty much outraged over how these CEOs from Papa John's, Denny's, Darden, and Applebee's are behaving about having to extend health insurance to all full time employees.  But instead of boycotting, let's make a list of where we should spend our money instead.  What companies have been responsible - at least as far as providing benefits are concerned?

My list below the squiggle - not sure if it's accurate, but it's a start. Please add to it in the comments so we can reward the companies that do provide insurance with our business.

Companies that I have heard provide health insurance to full and sometimes to part-time employees:

Starbucks - also cover domestic partners
Barnes & Noble
Whole Foods
Trader Joe's

Any others?

Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 3:51 AM PT: Update:  there is a facebook group called eat here/shop here that lists some companies

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  •  I think I heard this called "pro-cotting" (7+ / 0-)

    But even if we do "pro-cott" and use these retailers we should make sure we tell them why we're doing it and still let the others know why we've left them.

    To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 05:24:47 PM PST

  •  Most companies offer insurance... (3+ / 0-)
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    irishwitch, debedb, afisher

    ...except in low income jobs and the cost for employers and employees are going up.HHS:

    What Are the Recent Trends in Offer, Eligibility, and Enrollment rates?

    In recent years (1996-2002), countervailing trends among offer, eligibility, and enrollment rates have characterized the employer-sponsored health insurance market. Offer rates have risen while eligibility and enrollment rates have gone down, whether measured in relation to all private-sector employees, private-sector full-time employees, or private- sector part-time employees (Table 1).

    For example, from 1996 to 2002, among all private-sector employees, the offer rate increased from 86.5 percent to 88.3 percent, the eligibility rate decreased from 81.3 percent to 77.1 percent, and the enrollment rate dropped from 69.6 percent to 62.4 percent. In addition, the enrollment-when-eligible rate dropped 4.5 percentage points, from 85.5 percent in 1996 to 81.0 percent in 2001.8 Some of the decrease in the enrollment rate may result from an increase in workers who enroll in their spouse's employer-sponsored plans instead of their own. One study reporting on a drop in enrollment in the period 1987-96 found that it was partly offset by a rising rate of enrollment in a spouse's plan.6

    According to recent research, the principal reason for decreasing enrollment during the period 1987-2000 was that the cost to employees had risen substantially.9 An earlier analysis of enrollment trends in the period 1987-96 suggested that decreasing enrollments have resulted from a variety of factors, including increasing costs of insurance, rising employee share of health insurance premium cost, expansions in Medicaid, declining real incomes, and increased price-consciousness among workers.6


    The offer rate is the percent of employees who work where insurance is offered.
        The eligibility rate is the percent of employees eligible to enroll where insurance is offered. In most cases, to be eligible for employer-based coverage, employees must have full-time status and also pass through a waiting period after commencement of employment.
        The enrollment rate is the percent of all who work where insurance is offered who enroll.
        The enrollment-when-eligible rate is the percent of eligible workers who enroll in offered coverage.

    Note: Definitions are taken from the MEPS-IC (Insurance Component).
    What Is the Impact of Firm Size on Offer Rates?

    Firms with large numbers of employees are more likely to offer their employees health insurance:

        Among medium and large private-sector employers (firms with 50 or more employees), 97.8 percent of all employees worked where health insurance was offered in 2002.10
        Among small private-sector employers (firms with fewer than 50 employees), 63.5 percent of all employees worked where health insurance was offered.11

    Small employers not offering health insurance typically cite the cost of insurance and the belief that employees have other sources of coverage (e.g., through a spouse) as their principal reasons (Figure 1). The firms least likely to offer coverage are those with low-wage workers, high turnover, no unions, and many part-time employees.12 The smaller the firm size, the more likely are its employees to be uninsured. However, it is interesting to note that the proportion of uninsured workers employed even by quite large firms (500 or more workers) has grown in recent years. Between 1987 and 2001, the proportion of uninsured workers in these firms expanded from 25 to 32 percent. Declines in manufacturing jobs and unionization rates are the most important reasons for the rise in uninsured workers at these large firms.12

    As young people choose a career to move toward, or a job to apply for, benefits are at least as much of a factor as salary and, IMO, a bigger one or entry level jobs.  

    Let all Bush tax cuts expire and , bring on the Sequestration cuts to defense.

    by kck on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 05:24:55 PM PST

  •  Real American Business (4+ / 0-)

    It's a good idea to honor these companies  so come ahead with lists yall.

    A danger foreseen is half avoided.

    by ncheyenne on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 05:27:46 PM PST

  •  I know Xerox does (9+ / 0-)

    One of the companies that is regularly on the best places to work for lists. Disclaimer here, I worked for them for 20+ yrs before injury took me away from them and the husband is going on his 26th yr there. Great place to work if you are a woman, if you are gay, hell if you are anything really.

    Don't watch it dad, you will have brain cells jumping to their suicide. Me, when I learned dad had been watching Fox.

    by glescagal on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 05:32:37 PM PST

  •  Tops markets does (7+ / 0-)

    My wife works there part time and has very good insurance in fact we buy my insurance from there as a family plan plus we also have prescription and dental

  •  I don't want to single issue endorse here (2+ / 0-)
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    irishwitch, Aunt Pat

    Wells Fargo for example, my husbands co provides domestic partner benefits but a shitty health plan as of this year (switched to health spending accounts to save costs even during periods of record profit--sound familiar?)

    So even though they provide insurance and domestic partner benefits, I'd still recommend a local community bank or better yet, a credit union for your money.

  •  I work for Dell (10+ / 0-)

    They offer insurance, and it's really good insurance. It's also "progressive." We pay a small amount for it, but the higher your level, the more you pay. In other words, VP's and Directors pay more than the average worker.  I may pay $50/month, while lower wage earners pay $20/month, and the Directors may pay $150/month.   First company I've worked for that seems to have the "We are all in this together" attitude when it comes to making sure we can ALL afford our insurance.

  •  I know that Barrow Cty GA teachers are (2+ / 0-)
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    crose, Aunt Pat

    paying an extra hundred bucks a month for helath insurance...No unions.

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:16:30 PM PST

  •  My husband is self employed in the construction (5+ / 0-)

    field and we pay full pop for our employees health care. It can be done. It should be done. Any rich-ass millionaire CEO can bite me if he says it's "too expensive".

    The road to excess leads to the palace of Wisdom, I must not have excessed enough

    by JenS on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:43:31 PM PST

  •  Perkins Restaurants are among the "good guys" (5+ / 0-)

    or at least they say so:

    As a part of the Perkins team, you will receive great benefits, including:

        Competitive wages
        Opportunities to advance
        Medical coverage in your first month
        Vision plan
        Dental plan
        Meal discounts
        Paid vacation
        401(k) Plan with company-match
        Flexible scheduling
        Industry-leading training
        Fun, fast and friendly work environment

    However, they are financially hurting and need all the public support they can get. (They do DAMN good food, especially breakfasts!)

    If it's
    Not your body,
    Then it's
    Not your choice
    And it's
    None of your damn business!

    by TheOtherMaven on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 10:54:07 PM PST

  •  Hi Heidiho610 (1+ / 0-)
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    came here from your comment in another diary.

    I haven't researched it lately, but isn't CostCo one of the good guys?

    still think you should repost - (maybe rename - add Papa John's to title somehow to bring attention to current issue?  i dunno. i would love to see folks adding to the list of good guys!)

    thanks again!

  •  I've heard that Little Ceasars does (0+ / 0-)

    Of greatest importance are businesses that directly compete with those that shun health insurance.

    Are you a Green who has difficulty telling Democrats and Republicans apart? Well, I have difficulty telling Greens and Maoists apart.

    by Subversive on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 03:25:49 PM PST

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