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    Sunday, November 06, 2005

    I Got Mine, Who Cares About You: Retired autoworkers aren't happy about UAW health insurance concessions. Active workers - people who are working to feed and clothe their families - began voting this weekend on the concessions, which will also affect retirees. A sample of some retirees' thoughts:

    A group called the Fairness for Retirees Committee of Northwest and Southeast Ohio organized the luncheon to press UAW locals for more benefits for retirees, such as cost-of-living allowances for pensions. "Why should we have to give up anything?" said Eddie Toles, a 73-year-old Ford retiree who heads the group.

    "We did more than our part to save Chrysler," said Rach. He was a union official at UAW Local 122 in Twinsburg, Ohio, in the early 1980s when Chrysler won wage cuts from workers to help keep it out of bankruptcy.

    But Rach, now a vice chairman of the retiree committee at his local, admits he's worried. "We did our part then. We're very concerned. We don't want anything touched."


    No one ever seems to point out that the men and women breaking their backs every day to earn a living wage are working to support those retirees as much as they're working to support their families.

    And what is it that the retirees are being asked to do?

    "If the plan wins final approval and is confirmed in U.S. District Court, retirees would pay a maximum of $752 per family each year for health care, or $370 annually for an individual, plus co-payments for prescription drugs."

    Most auto-worker retirees have been sheltered from the real world of health insurance costs for so long, they probably have no idea that most people pay more than that per month for health insurance.
     

    posted by Sydney on 11/06/2005 08:10:00 AM 1 comments

    1 Comments:

    Great blog I hope we can work to build a better health care system. Health insurance is a major aspect to many.

    By Anonymous Blue Cross of California, at 4:56 PM  

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