Happy New Year … from over 500,000 betrayed UAW retirees
Happy New Year to the UAW’s affluent officers Ron Gettelfinger, General Holiefield, Bob King, Cal Rapson and James Settles …from over 500,000 betrayed UAW retirees.
“AUTO RETIREE HEALTH CARE IS THE SACRIFICIAL LEGACY COST AND THEREFORE RETIREES ARE THE PROBLEM! LET THEM ALL DIE AND DECREASE THE SURPLUS POPULATION!”
All defenseless auto retirees, both hourly and salary are being treated as underclass. They are targeted and have been sold-out by government, corporate and union politicians. As many retirees suffer from cancer and other serious work related health issues their crucial health care benefits have become negotiable political pawns.
It is foolish and unwise how America’s politicians have successfully painted unionized workers as the enemy in light of how our entire nation has benefited from the wages and benefits negotiated by unions.
That said, UAW retirees legally owned their health care benefits until UAW officials recently went to court to slickly garner the ability to negotiate them away.
These benefits were negotiated and paid for over a working lifetime of worker earnings deferrals and hourly contributions. Union officials betrayed the trust of retirees as they refused to vest the negotiated monies and frittered them away into profoundly less important benefits.
Just as significant is the glaring fact that UAW negotiated 30-year auto pensions are overwhelmingly and unjustly unequal. UAW negotiators refused to keep pension cost of living buying power up over the years allowing these older retirees to fall gravely behind. These second-rate older UAW retirees, who trusted these union officials, are now falsely labeled as rich retirees while in reality they have become America’s elderly poor.
Many of these unappreciated low-income, sacrificial, unionized “legacy-cost elderly retirees”, who have given so much to our nation, are tapped-out with living costs.
After a career of struggling on assembly lines, being denied the innovative pension building tools available to today’s retirees and being exposed to physical hazards unique to past auto assembly these deceived older retirees cannot afford to buy healthcare, which they now desperately need.
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