GM says strikers will keep health coverage

Striking United Auto Workers union members picket at the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant on September 25, 2019, in Detroit, Michigan. "GM has chosen to work with our providers to keep all benefits fully in place for striking hourly employees, so they have no disruption to their medical care", writes GM.

"It is time for GM to come to the bargaining table with an offer that reflects the hard work of our members that makes you successful and will settle this strike on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of UAW families and stop toying with our families' health and well being", wrote Dittes. It says on the union website that the UAW will pick up the cost of the premiums.

After a week of tension, General Motors (GM) has finally agreed to reinstate the healthcare benefits of its workers who are on strike. He said the union presented material to GM and is waiting for a response. The UAW said the advantages slipped by, yet didn't give a date.

In a statement issued by the company to MLive-The Flint Journal, GM said if employees have an insurance claim they should submit it and the company "will continue to provide them the coverage they rely on given the circumstances".

"This is an attempt to do what's right for our employees", GM spokesman Dan Flores said.

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However, in a letter to GM, UAW Vice President Terry Dittes continued to blast the company for the move. Be that as it may, the planning of when GM parts of the bargains and when the association takes over is at issue.

It's normal procedure in strikes for the cost of health care to shift from the company, which is largely self-insured, to the union.

"I can never see the company in the same light again after cutting our health insurance", said Jeremy Hager, a temporary employee at GM's Spring Hill, Tennessee facility.

The walkout - the longest autoworker strike in almost 30 years - has become a political event, attracting the attention of Democratic presidential hopefuls, who have been visiting the striking workers on the picket lines. However, the two can not agree on issues over pay and job security of newer and temporary workers.

  • Ismael Montgomery