Homer is elected union leader at the power plant and tries to save the dental plan so he will not have to pay for Lisa’s new braces.
When the union leader representing the workers at the plant disappears, the workers are left without a leader to renegotiate their contract. Taking advantage of the situation, Mr. Burns decides to save himself some money and take dental benefits out of his employee benefits package. A routine visit to the dentist reveals Lisa needs braces. At the meeting to sign the new employee contract, Burns offers the workers free beer if they agree to drop their dental benefits. The workers are about to go for it, including Homer, until he realizes he’ll have to pay for Lisa’s braces himself. Homer stands up and urges the others to reject the contract. Rallying them into a frenzy, they elect Homer their new union rep. Without a dental plan, Marge is forced to get Lisa the least expensive braces.
To Lisa’s horror, they are crude and grotesque. Burns mistakenly assumes Homer is a smart and seasoned negotiator. He offers Homer a sizable bribe. But Homer interprets his offer to be of a sexual nature and he turns him down outright. Unable to bribe or threaten Homer into giving in to his demands, Burns promises to crush Homer like a bug. The workers vote to strike.
Burns decides to play his trump card to get his workers to give in to his demands. He turns off the power in the entire city. But despite being left out in the dark, the worker’s resolve remains firm. Seeing he cannot compete against the genius of Homer Simpson, Burns gives in and reinstates the dental plan, with one concession, however. Homer has to relinquish his post as union leader. Homer happily gives up his post and Lisa gets brand new, state of the art braces.
Source: 20th Century Fox