Turner, union wants retraining benefits for GM workers

Jul 3, 2008 | Posted by: InTheBurg | Full story: www.daytondailynews.com

Congressman Mike Turner and local union representatives are awaiting a response from General Motors Corp regarding changing the terms of the buyouts so employees taking them are eligible for job retraining funds and unemployment compensation.

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Jul 3, 2008
 
This was an article that caught my eye in the DDN yesterday. Here were some initial thoughts I had after reading it.

Most people who lose their job involuntarily (and are not fired) qualify for some unemployment benefits. Of that same group, most people do not qualify for job retraining funds because of the political environment that created the eligibility requirements. Furthermore, most people lose their job without a significant severance package in excess of their next paycheck.

Enter GM and the employees who are voluntarily accepting buyouts. In addition to the severance packages listed here that are relatively generous by most standards http://www.daytondailynews.com/search/content...
The union wants GM to change the terms so that they are eligible to receive both unemployment benefits AND job retraining funds after collecting their buyout or early retirement.

Accepting $40-60k to retire early and collect on your pension, or getting a one time cash payment of either $70k or $140k appearantly isn't enough for the workers to pay for living expenses for a few months AND get retraining on their own. Something just doesn't seem add up here.... What really is enough money here?
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Jul 3, 2008
 
InTheBurg wrote:
This was an article that caught my eye in the DDN yesterday. Here were some initial thoughts I had after reading it.
Most people who lose their job involuntarily (and are not fired) qualify for some unemployment benefits. Of that same group, most people do not qualify for job retraining funds because of the political environment that created the eligibility requirements. Furthermore, most people lose their job without a significant severance package in excess of their next paycheck.
Enter GM and the employees who are voluntarily accepting buyouts. In addition to the severance packages listed here that are relatively generous by most standards http://www.daytondailynews.com/search/content...
The union wants GM to change the terms so that they are eligible to receive both unemployment benefits AND job retraining funds after collecting their buyout or early retirement.
Accepting $40-60k to retire early and collect on your pension, or getting a one time cash payment of either $70k or $140k appearantly isn't enough for the workers to pay for living expenses for a few months AND get retraining on their own. Something just doesn't seem add up here.... What really is enough money here?
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Jul 3, 2008
 
Any one that writes in thrashing the union for anything is obvioudly jealous. If you had the opportunities to have what they have you wouldn't think twice about it. I have been on both sides of the fence and it is called opportunity. If you had the opportunity to work for an organization that stood up for worker's rights and paid well at the same time, all of you would do it. You're lying if you say otherwise. One of the main reasons you have a safe working environment to go to everyday and have benefits is because of the unions back in the day. They stood up for their rights then so you can have what you have now, whether your union or not.
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Aug 2, 2008
 

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I think the majority of people in this country are greedy!!!! Then GREED gets the best of everyone!!!! The companies max out on benefits and start losing money, the only solution is down loading the employees and shipping out to cheaper companies!!! Why do you think we are fast becoming the poorest country in the world.. Because we do not take care of us!!!! Too many people whine and do nothing!!!!!!
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Aug 3, 2008
 
Cheap, cheap, cheap, we gotta compete! NCR, Frigidaire, Delco, Inland all gone. GEE! Why are all of these houses for sale? Why isn't anybody buying them? Sit-down restaurants, bars and tips drying up? The same for department stores? Barbers and bartenders? Oh, we need casinos! And riverfront adventure tourism! Where are all of those high-rollers supposed to come from, the ones whom are going to make up for the costs and losses of those old blue-collar dollars? And then bust them for DUIs outide of the nightlife! Yeah, the Spring Flingers will buy burgers and pop and fries, unlike these big-spending guys.
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Jul 20, 2013
 
Leon Harrison wrote:
Cheap, cheap, cheap, we gotta compete! NCR, Frigidaire, Delco, Inland all gone. GEE! Why are all of these houses for sale? Why isn't anybody buying them? Sit-down restaurants, bars and tips drying up? The same for department stores? Barbers and bartenders? Oh, we need casinos! And riverfront adventure tourism! Where are all of those high-rollers supposed to come from, the ones whom are going to make up for the costs and losses of those old blue-collar dollars? And then bust them for DUIs outide of the nightlife! Yeah, the Spring Flingers will buy burgers and pop and fries, unlike these big-spending guys.
Leon Harrison:
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Aug 5, 2013
 
Deacon Drake wrote:
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