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Hundreds of Rushville workers strike over vacation, benefits

There are 151 comments on the WISH-TV 8 Indiana News story from Apr 7, 2008, titled Hundreds of Rushville workers strike over vacation, benefits. In it, WISH-TV 8 Indiana News reports that:

Striking union workers at a Rushville auto parts manufacturer are prepared for the long haul.

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Samantha H

Tarrytown, NY

#2 Apr 8, 2008
I've seen the contract, and it is certainly unfair. And I can sit here and say that Intat is lying out their teeth. If they are willing to negotiate, why did they turn down a week extension that the union offered them? Yep that's right...bet they didn't mention that one! As far as their absenteeism, they are the ones that set the attendance in the last contract, and the union accepted then. They have no room to complain about absenteeism when the workers are following the rules. I'm not saying this isn't going to be hard, but those workers work their butts off for that company, and they deserve a little something in return!
david

Shirley, IN

#3 Apr 8, 2008
as a former worker at Intat I understand why they went on strike. When I was employed there $50.00 a month was what the workers paid on insurance. I know the company can get it cheeper because I am working for another auto suppler that employes about the same amount of people and I pay a little over $16.00 a month for insurance.
Because of that and other things Intat has done this strike has been waiting to happen.
little hope

Japan

#4 Apr 8, 2008
Intat employees make good money but work in really poor conditions They should get top of the line medical coverage at a good rate. Attendance is an issue in every plant that is just a corperate excuse to stick it to employees. Large companys no longer take good care of their employees.
Legion

Long Beach, CA

#6 Apr 8, 2008
Samantha H wrote:
I've seen the contract, and it is certainly unfair. And I can sit here and say that Intat is lying out their teeth. If they are willing to negotiate, why did they turn down a week extension that the union offered them? Yep that's right...bet they didn't mention that one! As far as their absenteeism, they are the ones that set the attendance in the last contract, and the union accepted then. They have no room to complain about absenteeism when the workers are following the rules. I'm not saying this isn't going to be hard, but those workers work their butts off for that company, and they deserve a little something in return!
I'm sure you are right about this. But things are going to be a lot more unfair for them if they negotiate themselves out of a job. The ten billion a month we spend on Iraq is unfair. The money we spend on "anchor babies" from illegal Mexicans is unfair. I'm afraid we need to get more accustomed to things that are unfair.
Employee of Intat

Greenfield, IN

#8 Apr 8, 2008
I was there when the International UAW Rep called Intat and asked for a contract extension and Intat did not want an extension. Intat forced the workers out.
Rebecca W

Worcester, MA

#10 Apr 8, 2008
I live in New England which is one of the most expensive areas of the country to live in. While insurance costs are rising 400% is definitely unfair. As for the absenteeism?? They fired so many recently(this from a good friend who's husband works there), how can they complain?? They set the standard, the union complied! So they want them to work more aka less vacation time, earn less money an hour, and pay 4 times what they pay now for health insurance. Now everyone take your time here to think this out...I read some of your comments and maybe you need to stockpile on money and work at McDonalds since your intelligence cannot fathom the idea that the contract was made to make them strike. They turned down and extension either hoping the employees were stupid enough to agree to a pay cut and work more and pay more deal, or hope they would strike. Remember people, this is corporate America here running the show, showing their true beautiful ugly side.
Craig

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Apr 8, 2008
I wish people didn't use statistics to make their point. "raised insurance rates by 400 percent" doesn't tell you anything. If it went from $4 a month to $16 a month that is very different then if it went from $100 a month to $400 a month.
Jason

Greenfield, IN

#15 Apr 8, 2008
Please let me know where I can get insurance for 50.00 a month, my insurance premium doubled from 98.00 a month to 196.00 for family coverage. But unlike Unions, I can't strike! Deal with it or get a new job, period!
Randy

Geneva, IL

#17 Apr 8, 2008
Employee of Intat wrote:
I was there when the International UAW Rep called Intat and asked for a contract extension and Intat did not want an extension. Intat forced the workers out.
Intat is out to bust the union, before the administration and NLRB appointees change. It won't matter anyway if the economy crashes, which it is looking like more each day. It's going to "brother, can you spare a dime", 1930's again.
Wally Gator

Allentown, PA

#19 Apr 8, 2008
"as a former worker at Intat I understand why they went on strike. When I was employed there $50.00 a month was what the workers paid on insurance"

$50.00 a month !!! I pay over $120.00 for SINGLE coverage...my prescription co-pay for "formulary" drugs (all 4 of them) is $25.00...anything else I pay 50% of the cost. DR. office visits...$20.00, unless it's a specialist, than it is much more...if you can get the referrel...to top it off, I work for the largest hospital/group in the state...$50 a month....I will gladly trade...what's your dental and eye insurance...mine...zip!
GRUMP

Carmel, IN

#20 Apr 8, 2008
I HOPE YOUR UNION DOESN'T SELL OUT YOUR RETIREES LIKE LOCAL 933 DID. THE LAST 2 CONTRACTS HAVE REALLY STUCK IT TO THE RETIREES. WE CAN'T EVEN VOTE ON THE CONTRACT!! WE HAVE NO VOICE AT ALL!! WE USED TO PAY 10% FOR DOCS VISITS, NOW, WE PAY ALL THE BILL! THE CURRENT WORKERS STILL HAVE GOOD COVERAGE, PLUS THEY RECEIVED OVER A $10,000 PERFORMANCE BONUS,$1,500 SIGNINGING BONUS AND SO ON. TO HECK WITH THE RETIREES!!!
former employee

Smithtown, NY

#21 Apr 8, 2008
why is attendence so bad? The same reason it is at many businesses these days....
FMLA - if you know how to "work the system", you can work half a year, spend the other half lying around and yet recieve all the benefits of full time employment. Holiday pay, paid vacations, insurance (yes, explaining the offer in a percentage of increase of premiums doesn't tell you much, does it). For those who dont know how to "work the system", see a union representative for a free tutorial. After being forced to work so much overtime to cover absenses, I found another place to work (And I'm paying 200% more for insurance that is 50% as good)
Debbie

Fowler, IN

#22 Apr 8, 2008
To all of you who posted negative comments, I have to say you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about! My husband is one of those striking employees from INTAT and how dare you put him in the category of lazy and dead beat! He is one of the hardest working men that I know. There was an entire factory of hard-working people. He worked almost 70 hours a week on average for that place! Did he make decent money...yes he did, but that does not give any business the right to take advantage of their employees. If INTAT cared enough for their employees the absenteeism would not be as high as it is. They look for reasons to fire people, not look to see how they can make INTAT a better place to work. It is a fact...better working conditions...better employee turn out. INTAT is not willing to negotiate on any level. We thought that's what contract time was all about. Give and take...Well INTAT is ALL TAKE AND NO GIVE! We are a family of 10 and if you think this strike is easy for our family you are sadly mistaken, but sometimes it is more important to stand up for what is right and all of those striking employees deserve all the support they can get!
Edward

United States

#24 Apr 8, 2008
Can someone from Intat tell us the actual numbers for insurance, before and what the company is proposing? A percentage is not very helpful, as others have mentioned.
OMYGOSH

United States

#25 Apr 9, 2008
Debbie, Debbie, Debbie.....your husband may be a very hard worker.....there are probably many of them at Intat. But the handful of "something for nothing" workers are the ones who make it hard on him...not the company. The ones who abuse fmla, call in absent and work really hard to KEEP from working are the ones who are making it tough on both the company and the good, hard working employee like your husband! Yet the union protects them and NOT your husband. I agree with trucker....the union is too often "working" for the wrong people! Good luck to the the good workers and the company.
Spouse of Intat Employee

Greenfield, IN

#27 Apr 9, 2008
The reason INTAT says they have attendance issue is because they count vacation, holiday, jury duty, etc. as an absent. How can you count vacation as an absence since it is approved by the company? Let me just say that if you do not know someone who has or is working for INTAT you have no idea how they treat their employees. INTAT has gone through all of the surrounding counties to hiring agencies to hire people and they can not keep them or they will not work for them. What does that tell you about this place of employment?
retired

Kenosha, WI

#28 Apr 9, 2008
Yes union retirees are really getting the shaft by g.m. and local 933.
chuck

Kenosha, WI

#29 Apr 9, 2008
i feel for the strikers, as a gm worker, the company has turned viscious and could care less about its people. trouble is the union higher ups are just as bad.
Julie

United States

#30 Apr 9, 2008
Edward wrote:
Can someone from Intat tell us the actual numbers for insurance, before and what the company is proposing? A percentage is not very helpful, as others have mentioned.
Currently INTAT employees pay $30/$35 a MONTH for single coverage and $70/$80 a MONTH for family coverage. This is Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield with $500 deductible per person or $150 per family. It is excellent coverage. This cost includes dental and vision. They are proposing a 10% increase the first two years of the contract, 15% the third andd 20% the last. Family coverage would not exceed $334 per MONTH in 2011. The company also provides Life ($30,000) and AD&D ($30,000) and Short Term Disability for employees at no cost to them.
Julie

United States

#32 Apr 9, 2008
david wrote:
as a former worker at Intat I understand why they went on strike. When I was employed there $50.00 a month was what the workers paid on insurance. I know the company can get it cheeper because I am working for another auto suppler that employes about the same amount of people and I pay a little over $16.00 a month for insurance.
Because of that and other things Intat has done this strike has been waiting to happen.
Please let me know what kind of coverage you have for $16 a month.$50 a month sounds great to me.

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