General Motors moves striking UAW members to COBRA healthcare insurance


>>Announcer: LOCAL 4 NEWS>>Announcer: LOCAL 4 NEWS
STARTS NOW WITH A BREAKING STARTS NOW WITH A BREAKING
NEWS ALERT. NEWS ALERT.
>>>AND THAT BREAKING NEWS>>>AND THAT BREAKING NEWS
IS FROM DOWNTOWN DETROIT, IS FROM DOWNTOWN DETROIT,
WHERE GENERAL MOTORS MOVES WHERE GENERAL MOTORS MOVES
ALL STRIKING U.A.W. ALL STRIKING U.A.W.
MEMBERS TO COBRA HEALTH MEMBERS TO COBRA HEALTH
INSURANCE COVERAGE. INSURANCE COVERAGE.
IN THE MEANTIME, ONCE AGAIN IN THE MEANTIME, ONCE AGAIN
G.M.s 31 PLANTS ALL ACROSS G.M.s 31 PLANTS ALL ACROSS
THE COUNTRY ARE STILL QUIET THE COUNTRY ARE STILL QUIET
BROKEN ONLY BY THE SOUND OF BROKEN ONLY BY THE SOUND OF
STRIKERS. STRIKERS.
>>NOBODY WANTS TO STRIKE.>>NOBODY WANTS TO STRIKE.
BUT IF YOU FORCE OUR HAND BY BUT IF YOU FORCE OUR HAND BY
TRYING TO TAKE AWAY WHAT’S TRYING TO TAKE AWAY WHAT’S
OURS WE GOT TO STRIKE. OURS WE GOT TO STRIKE.
WE DON’T HAVE ANY OTHER WE DON’T HAVE ANY OTHER
CHOICE. CHOICE.
>>Reporter: NEARLY 50,000>>Reporter: NEARLY 50,000
AUTO WORKERS ARE STILL ON AUTO WORKERS ARE STILL ON
STRIKE AS YOU TAKE A LOOK AT STRIKE AS YOU TAKE A LOOK AT
VIDEO OF THE STRIKES IN VIDEO OF THE STRIKES IN
MISSOURI, ROCHESTER, NEW MISSOURI, ROCHESTER, NEW
YORK, AND OF COURSE PEOPLE YORK, AND OF COURSE PEOPLE
STRIKING HERE AT HOME. STRIKING HERE AT HOME.
IN THE MEANTIME, TALKS HAVE IN THE MEANTIME, TALKS HAVE
CONTINUED THE BUT THE COST CONTINUED THE BUT THE COST
OF THIS STRIKE JUST SHIFTED OF THIS STRIKE JUST SHIFTED
HEAVILY FROM THE COMPANY TO HEAVILY FROM THE COMPANY TO
THE UNION AND IT ADDS ONTO THE UNION AND IT ADDS ONTO
THE PRESSURE TO GET A THE PRESSURE TO GET A
SETTLEMENT. SETTLEMENT.
OUR BUSINESS EDITOR ROD PLA OUR BUSINESS EDITOR ROD PLA
LONEY IS JOINING US LIVE LONEY IS JOINING US LIVE
FROM DOWNTOWN DETROIT WITH A FROM DOWNTOWN DETROIT WITH A
LOOK. LOOK.
ROD? ROD?
>>Reporter: WELL, YOU KNOW>>Reporter: WELL, YOU KNOW
I’LL TELL YOU WHAT EVROD I’LL TELL YOU WHAT EVROD
THEY ARE BACK TO THE TABLE THEY ARE BACK TO THE TABLE
TODAY THAT’S THE GOOD NEWS. TODAY THAT’S THE GOOD NEWS.
THEY STOPPED TALKING LAST THEY STOPPED TALKING LAST
NIGHT BACK AT THE TABLE NIGHT BACK AT THE TABLE
TODAY. TODAY.
BUT THIS COULD HAVE BEEN ONE BUT THIS COULD HAVE BEEN ONE
OF THOSE THINGS THAT G.M. OF THOSE THINGS THAT G.M.
COULD HAVE THE LET RIDE. COULD HAVE THE LET RIDE.
IN FACT, G.M. U.A.W. VICE IN FACT, G.M. U.A.W. VICE
PRESIDENT TERRY SENT A PRESIDENT TERRY SENT A
LETTER TO G.M. YESTERDAY LETTER TO G.M. YESTERDAY
SORT OF LOOKING TO THE GET SORT OF LOOKING TO THE GET
THE ASSURANCE THAT HIS THE ASSURANCE THAT HIS
EMPLOYEES WERE GOING TO EMPLOYEES WERE GOING TO
REMAIN ON THE G.M. REMAIN ON THE G.M.
HEALTHCARE THROUGH THE END HEALTHCARE THROUGH THE END
OF THE MONTH. OF THE MONTH.
THEY INFORMED HIM RATHER THEY INFORMED HIM RATHER
QUICKLY THAT IS NOT THE CASE. QUICKLY THAT IS NOT THE CASE.
THE. THE.
>>Reporter: ON THE PICKET>>Reporter: ON THE PICKET
LINE THERE’S STILL SOME LINE THERE’S STILL SOME
SPRING IN THE STEP AND SPRING IN THE STEP AND
CHANTING REMAINS LOUD. CHANTING REMAINS LOUD.
BUT THE INFORMATION FLOW IS BUT THE INFORMATION FLOW IS
NOT THAT QUICK. NOT THAT QUICK.
MOST PICKETERS DID NOT KNOW MOST PICKETERS DID NOT KNOW
THAT THEY’VE BEEN MOVED TO THAT THEY’VE BEEN MOVED TO
COBRA, THAT’S THE HEALTH COBRA, THAT’S THE HEALTH
INSURANCE YOU BUY WHEN YOU INSURANCE YOU BUY WHEN YOU
LOSE YOUR JOB. LOSE YOUR JOB.
GENERAL MOTORS SAYING IN A GENERAL MOTORS SAYING IN A
STATEMENT THIS MORNING “WE STATEMENT THIS MORNING “WE
UNDERSTAND STRIKES ARE UNDERSTAND STRIKES ARE
DIFFICULT AND DISRUPTIVE TO DIFFICULT AND DISRUPTIVE TO
FAMILIES. FAMILIES.
WHILE ON STRIKE SOME WHILE ON STRIKE SOME
BENEFITS SHIFT TO BEING BENEFITS SHIFT TO BEING
FUNDED BY THE UNION’S STRIKE FUNDED BY THE UNION’S STRIKE
FUND. FUND.
IN THIS CASE HOURLY IN THIS CASE HOURLY
EMPLOYEES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR EMPLOYEES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR
UNION PAID COBRA SO THEIR UNION PAID COBRA SO THEIR
HEALTHCARE BENEFITS CAN HEALTHCARE BENEFITS CAN
CONTINUE.” CONTINUE.”
U.A.W. LOCAL 22 MEMBER U.A.W. LOCAL 22 MEMBER
CAPTAIN ISN’T THAT CONCERNED, CAPTAIN ISN’T THAT CONCERNED,
ACTUALLY. ACTUALLY.
>>WELL, I KNOW THAT THE>>WELL, I KNOW THAT THE
REASON THAT WE PAY OUR UNION REASON THAT WE PAY OUR UNION
DUES IS FOR TIMES JUST LIKE DUES IS FOR TIMES JUST LIKE
THIS. THIS.
SO WE’RE WILLING TO THE SO WE’RE WILLING TO THE
FIGHT THE IT DOESN’T MATTER FIGHT THE IT DOESN’T MATTER
HOW LONG WE’RE WILLING TO HOW LONG WE’RE WILLING TO
THE FIGHT BECAUSE WE’RE THE FIGHT BECAUSE WE’RE
PASSION — PASSIONATE ABOUT PASSION — PASSIONATE ABOUT
WHAT WE BELIEVE IN. WHAT WE BELIEVE IN.
>>OTHERS VIEW THE IT AS A>>OTHERS VIEW THE IT AS A
SLAP IN THE FACE. SLAP IN THE FACE.
MIMI JUST WANTS AN END TO MIMI JUST WANTS AN END TO
THE BATTLE SOON. THE BATTLE SOON.
HOW LONG DO YOU THINK THIS HOW LONG DO YOU THINK THIS
IS GOING TO GO? IS GOING TO GO?
>>I’M NOT TOO SURE BUT I>>I’M NOT TOO SURE BUT I
KNOW I FLUST MY UNION AND KNOW I FLUST MY UNION AND
WE’RE GOING TO THE FIGHT FOR WE’RE GOING TO THE FIGHT FOR
HOW LONG LONG IT TAKES. HOW LONG LONG IT TAKES.
>>Reporter: SO LET’S BE>>Reporter: SO LET’S BE
CLEAR ABOUT THIS. CLEAR ABOUT THIS.
U.A.W. LINE WORKERS ON U.A.W. LINE WORKERS ON
STRIKE WILL STILL HAVE STRIKE WILL STILL HAVE
HEALTH COVERAGE. HEALTH COVERAGE.
IT’S JUST THAT IT’S GOING TO IT’S JUST THAT IT’S GOING TO
BE PAID FOR BY THE UNION AND BE PAID FOR BY THE UNION AND
IT’S GOING TO COME THE OUT IT’S GOING TO COME THE OUT
OF THE STRIKE FUND ABOUT A OF THE STRIKE FUND ABOUT A
BILLION DOLLAR STRIKE FUND. BILLION DOLLAR STRIKE FUND.
BUT NOW PUTTING THAT KIND OF BUT NOW PUTTING THAT KIND OF
PRESSURE ON THE STRIKE FUND PRESSURE ON THE STRIKE FUND
CAN DEPLETE IT A WHOLE LOT CAN DEPLETE IT A WHOLE LOT
FASTER WHICH IS OBVIOUSLY FASTER WHICH IS OBVIOUSLY
THE INTENT HERE. THE INTENT HERE.
SO THE HEALTHCARE GETS TAKEN SO THE HEALTHCARE GETS TAKEN
CARE OF THE PAYMENTS THOUGH CARE OF THE PAYMENTS THOUGH
COME FROM THE UNION NOW AND COME FROM THE UNION NOW AND
NOT THE COMPANY WHO PUTS NOT THE COMPANY WHO PUTS
PRESSURE ON EVERYBODY TO PRESSURE ON EVERYBODY TO
GET TO THE TABLE. GET TO THE TABLE.
REPORTING LIVE DOWNTOWN, ROD

5 thoughts on “General Motors moves striking UAW members to COBRA healthcare insurance

  1. if we had medicare for all,they would still be covered,but the republicans and fox news does not want workers to get medicare for all because it would disrupt their donor money

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