General Motors reverses decision, agrees to pay healthcare coverage to UAW

General Motors strike approaches third week

Congressman Kildee the latest to visit UAW-GM workers on the picket line

"We're not accepting concessions from a company posting billions of dollars of profit", said Shawn Edwards, a worker at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

'Given the confusion around what was happening, we chose to work with our providers to ensure that the benefits would remain fully in place, ' GM spokesman Jim Cain said.

Investors say "they aren't all that anxious because they see the strike as short-term pain that will pay off with lower long-term employee costs".

"It's outrageous that they used health care as leverage over striking workers, but now that their brand takes a hit they restore it", added a union source close to the negotiations, who is not allowed to comment publicly.

UAW Vice President Terry Dittes outlined the development in a letter to members.

In fact, UAW enrolled members of General Motors had been on strike since September 16th in a bid to secure a higher payment, better job security, protection of their healthcare benefits alongside a bigger slice of the United States' No.

The UAW-GM Strike is now on day 13.

The strike comes almost a year after GM announced it was laying off 15 percent of its salaried workers and shuttering five plants in North America.

GM workers pay 4 percent of the cost of their health insurance.

The walkout - the longest autoworker strike in almost 30 years - has become a political event, attracting the attention of Democratic presidential hopefuls, who have been visiting the striking workers on the picket lines.

Temporary workers are still at the top of the unresolved issues and more layoffs could be on the table. Workers, on the other hand, got their last GM paycheck last Friday and are scheduled to get $250 in weekly strike pay starting this Friday. The sides were still meeting late on Thursday.

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