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Letters to the Editor

Less insurance coverage isn't good deal for all

In response to Michael Gray’s letter ["Tough choices on leadership going forward," The Reader's Voice, Oct. 7] about leadership in companies and unions, I agree totally, but he was soft in his words.

We have been lied to by not just one, but three different insurance representatives. We have been misinformed by our own union council that our insurance was not going to change that much; it was a good deal for all.

In fact, after signing this “good deal,” a week later a letter from our union insurance company said they are raising our rates through the roof to the point that we have to work an average of 48 to 52 hours a week just to make their rate each month. This overtime is not going to last; then what?

On top of that, any vacation or bereavement time you may use will cost you $62.40 for each day you are off work, which will be billed to pay back in full if you can’t cover their rate. We are being penalized for using our vacation time, we have been singled out, we are the only union being penalized with this rate increase. This whole thing stinks.

We work hard for this company; they should protect and pay their employees what they are worth, not being jerked around. Every contract, we have lost more than we have gained over my 30 years; it is time for a change in leadership.

I never had much trust in the company, but now I have lost total respect for this union in the way they have handled this mess for the past 8 months, playing with everyone’s lives and pocketbooks.

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