GM reinstates health, dental and vision insurance for striking UAW workers

GM reinstates health, dental and vision insurance for striking UAW workers

GM reinstates health, dental and vision insurance for striking UAW workers

As the General Motor strike enters day 11, some progress appears to be made at the bargaining table as GM chose to reinstate strikers' health insurance. The United Auto Workers' website says the union would pick up the cost of premiums.

GM counters that employing temporary workers is good for permanent employees because they enable the full-time staff to take time off. Hiring temps also gives the company flexibility to scale up production for new models and handle absenteeism.

The nationwide strike of General Motors, which includes UAW Local 31, began on September 16.

UAW Vice President Terry Dittes outlined the development in a letter to members.

'Our goal remains to reach an agreement that builds a stronger future for our employees and our company, ' a GM spokesperson told ABC News on Thursday. The union seized on this issue to rally public and political support for the 48,000 striking workers.

The UAW also said it was prepared to continue its strike and called on local union around the country to prepare for another "Solidarity Sunday" this coming weekend. GM instantly shifted duty for the health insurance to the union's strike reserve. An engine factory in Silao, Mexico, which employs 500 people, has closed, the company said, but pickup truck assembly and transmission plants at the same site remain open.

I am in receipt of your email dated Wednesday, September 25, 2019, that I received this morning, Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 8:57 am. One plant and part of another have been shut in Canada.

But on Thursday, GM announced that it had reversed its decision.

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. Union members are seeking better pay, benefits, job security and a path for temporary workers to gain full seniority.

"That tells you we're getting closer", said specialist Lee Harris, as he strolled the picket line at a motor and transmission plant in the Detroit suburb of Romulus.

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