$272,356 in medical bills
Even as the legal sparring with Schnucks over their boycott grows more intense, the impact on the lives of fired Teamsters comes closer to home every day.
In yet another example of the heartbreak, and potential financial disaster to impacted families these firings are having, 21-year Teamster warehouse worker Adam Sidek and and wife Amanda question how they will carry the financial burden of their 17-year old daughter Kinsey’s fight with a rare bone cancer without having their Teamster health care.
“It’s pretty scary,” Sidek told the Labor Tribune, pointing out that to date, the union’s insurance has paid $272,356 for Kinsey’s treatment. In addition, the family has already spent over $2,000 out-of-pocket for the numerous pills she must continue to take. Kinsey is in remission after operations to remove a large part of her femur and a knee and extensive chemo treatments.
"These past three months have been the hardest days of my life!” he added. “During the week at Children's Hospital I was trying to fathom how this situation would be if I didn't have heath insurance from my union job. We would have had to travel far away to get free treatments for my daughter. It would absolutely cripple us emotionally and financially for sure,” he posted on the Local 688’s homepage.
Reflecting on his 21 years with Schnucks working in the warehouse, he added:
“I'm blown away by how generous the old Schnucks regime was. They really did things for the community! Now Don's son Todd Schnuck wants to get rid of me and 200 of my Teamster brothers after 21 years of full-time service.
“I've raised four daughters with this UNION job and I've been blessed with being able to provide for them. But please know that if we lose our jobs, we all lose our livelihoods. We're all in the fight of our lives to save something, so please tell Todd Schnuck that this isn't right.
“Thank you to my family and friends for your prayers! I also want to thank all my Teamster brothers for your support in what my family is going through right now! Stay strong and united!”