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211 offers help for striking workers

Posted at 5:57 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 06:26:08-04

LANSING, Mich. — GM Workers got their final, "pre-strike" paychecks last Friday, and now they have to rely on strike pay -- which tops out at $250 a week.

That may not be enough -- but it's not their only option.

Bill Reed, UAW Local 602 President says, "If they need some help, make sure to dial 2-1-1 and we can get them the help that they need through the 2-1-1 service, it's a great service when they need assistance with utility bills or food or those types of things."

The 2-1-1 call center is open 24-7, and can help striking workers who are struggling to get by during the walkout.

Dean Poggiali is the Labor Liaison for the Capital Area United Way. He said, "They may be able to find out whether they are eligible for certain services, or they may be able to find what food resources are available that maybe aren't as strictly guided by income eligibility, so they can stretch their dollars."

And at $250 a week -- they're going to need to a lot of stretching to keep paying the bills.

Workers on strike can call, text, or go online...

"They talk to a resource specialist, finds out what their needs are tries to collaborate to find out what their needs are."

The United Way is working with other organizations to help as well.

"There may be some opportunities for the whole community to be able to work on this....We're trying to let folks know that there are things out there, you just have to advocate for yourself...But we're more than willing to help them go through that."

And 2-1-1 isn't just for people looking for help.

Organizations that are able to help workers on strike can call 2-1-1 to offer their services as well.

The Capital Area United Way is also offering help to workers who've gotten laid off because of the strike.

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