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Concerns arise about health care coverage as UAW workers strike

Posted: 7:55 PM, Sep 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-17 14:06:54-04

Action News has learned that during the first day of the strike by the United Auto Workers Union against General Motors, word is going around some local unions that members' health care coverage is being canceled effective immediately by the company.

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A spokesman for the union says this is not the case.

The union sent this letter today to the company to confirm that health care will continue through the end of this month.

A spokesman for the UAW says they will put out an official notice if and when this happens.

RELATED: GM stops paying for health care coverage for striking UAW members

Read official letter below:

Uaw Health Care by WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit on Scribd

A GM spokesperson added this statement, "We understand strikes are difficult and disruptive to families. While on strike, hourly employees will be eligible for COBRA so their health care benefits can continue. The cost of COBRA will not be covered by the company."

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story had a headline that stated health insurance would not be canceled immediately. That has been updated since GM has stopped paying into health coverage, however, workers are able to apply for COBRA insurance. See more here: https://bit.ly/2mloSHs