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TEAMSTERS PROTEST CUMMINS, INC. HEALTH CARE CUTS AT GREAT AMERICAN TRUCKING SHOW
Posted On: Sep 01, 2017

TEAMSTERS PROTEST CUMMINS, INC. HEALTH CARE CUTS AT GREAT AMERICAN TRUCKING SHOW
 

Families Take a Stand for Affordable Health Care at Protest in Dallas

 

(DALLAS) – From Thursday, August 24 to Saturday, August 26, Teamsters alerted participants at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas, about diesel engine maker Cummins Inc.’s (NYSE: CMI) attacks against family health care and the threat this poses to American families.

Once a socially responsible corporate leader, Cummins has adopted an extremely high deductible medical insurance plan for employees, which forces families to pay up to $6,000 out-of-pocket before insurance starts paying any portion of the medical bill.

Having recently brought its distribution and service segment in house, the company is moving to impose its unaffordable health plan on its mechanic shops across the United States.

Cummins mechanics in West Virginia, represented by Teamsters Local 175, are pushing back, and a growing movement of Cummins workers is aiming to reestablish affordable family health care at Cummins across its many sites.

In 2016, Cummins made nearly $2 billion in profit, and paid out $676 million of it to shareholders. The company employs more than 20,000 workers across the U.S.

“No one should be forced to gamble with their health,” said Ken Hall, Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer and President of Local 175. “Cummins’ high deductible plans are a danger to all of our kids and all of our families. We will continue to push back.”

High deductible plans are spreading havoc. The American Academy of Pediatrics calls the plans “particularly inappropriate” for children because the high upfront out-of-pocket costs cause parents to hesitate on whether or not to see the doctor.

Research shows people under these plans put off visiting the doctor for preventive and necessary care. As a result, people are getting sicker and ultimately putting their lives in danger.

The huge out-of-pocket costs associated with high deductible medical plans force working families to cut back on other essentials such as food, clothing and education. It also causes families to run down their savings or go deeper into debt.

Teamsters Local 745 members distributed thousands of hand bills at the Great American Trucking Show and held banners that said “What’s Gone Wrong with Cummins?” They also handed out air fresheners which said “Every American Deserves Health Care.” All materials directed interested patrons to the Facebook page, Cummins Awful Truth, where an increasing number of Cummins employees across the country are connecting with the campaign for affordable health care.

“As Teamsters, many of us drive trucks with Cummins engines, on the job, and in our personal lives. We’re very troubled by how this once great American company is now cutting access to affordable family health care for its employees. Everyone deserves health care, and what Cummins is doing to its employees is a threat to all of us,” said Rod Cuevas, business agent with Local 745 in Dallas.

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.


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    The Company has now given us their final, closeout proposal on wages. Neither the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division, the Business Agents of Local 210 and Local 19, nor your rank-and-file committee members are recommending this be ratified. A detailed letter from your ExpressJet CRJ Negotiating Committee can be found here. A copy of the company’s last, best and final offer can be found here.

    Ballots were mailed on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.  Each member will receive voting instructions and credentials required for voting.  Voting will close on Monday, July 10, and will be counted the same day. 

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    XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

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    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

  • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

  • Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) recently concluded and a tentative agreement has been reached. On Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to endorse the National Agreement and the Central-Southern Supplement, paving the way for members to vote. The Eastern and Western Supplements were approved in 2016, and will not be re-voted. However, all carhaul members will get to exercise their right to vote on the National Agreement and General Monetary Changes.

    Ballots will be mailed out on or about March 10 and are tentatively scheduled to be counted on March 30.

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