The members of the United Steelworkers Union have some tough decisions coming up in the next couple of weeks when it comes to deciding what to do about their health benefits. The Union and RG Steel have been working hard to find affordable alternatives.
As of Aug. 31, all members will be out of all benefits, insurance, health care, dental care, eye care, etc. Letters will be put out sometime this week informing members of alternatives that they may be able to participate in.
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There will be an informational meeting once members receive the letter. At that point they will be able to sign up for different types of insurance programs available in early part of September.
There are also government programs that they are urging members to take advantage of to lessen the burden of health care costs.
"Government would offer to pay up to 72 percent of an approved program which could mean up to $500-600 off of the monthly bill to where one of our members would only have to pay $250 or less," says Local 1223 Union President Jerry Conners.
Conners added that they haven't experienced a liquidation of this size before so there's always something new everyday that they have to adapt to.
The Union and RG Steel have been working on this for quite sometime to make sure everyone would be able to take advantage of this.