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GM gives striking workers health insurance back

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Posted at 7:08 PM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 19:08:49-04

LANSING, Mich. — Some good news for striking UAW workers--General Motors is giving them their health insurance back leading some analysts to say this is another sign we may be getting close to the end of the strike.

The deadline for union workers to sign up for COBRA benefits just passed at 5 p.m. Thursday, but it appears that won't be an issue anymore.

GM informed the union that it was canceling insurance for striking workers last week.

On Thursday, the company flipped saying workers would not have any disruption to their medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage.

You'd think the UAW would be happy, but union leadership says GM's actions were irresponsible.

A local state representative agrees.

"One day you have healthcare, the next, because of something that's completely out of your control, you don't have health insurance. They need to figure it out, because someone's health is not something you play around with when you're bargaining," Representative Sarah Anthony said.

On Wednesday, we learned that all the remaining unresolved issues between GM and the UAW have been moved to the main bargaining table.

Between that announcement and Thursday's health insurance reversal, some workers are optimistic that the strike is almost over.

However, some GM workers are saying the battle won't be over even after the strike ends.

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