Talks Between Automakers, UAW Focus On Health Care CostsReuters: Automakers Gun For Health Care Savings In UAW Talks
One big target for the three U.S. automakers in talks beginning this week with the United Auto Workers for new labor agreements will be the $1.54 billion collectively spent by the companies last year on health care for union members and their families. For UAW members - who for many years paid nothing out-of-pocket for their health care and still pay only modest amounts - an increase in their share of the costs would be a bitter reminder of the union's decline in power (Klayman and Seetharman, 7/25). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.