Sunday, August 30, 2009

SK Hand Tools Strike

It's tough to be an employer and keep up with your employees' insurance premiums as the costs go up, up, up. Sometimes painful choices have to be made, and making those announcements to your workers is agony for all but the Scrooges.

What you do not do, however, is simply stop paying the premiums, cutting off all health insurance, without telling the employees. This is unbelievable. I mean, really unbelievable.

SK Hand Tools, as recently as Wednesday, seemed to be attempting to blame the insurance company. Imagine that: the insurance company canceling your policy when you don't pay.

You'd better believe those employees are striking.


Bryan said...

SK has not been paying other vendors. The plant has been shut down for weeks to save cost. Not paying insurance is not a surprise. It is very sad, but it is not a labor issue,it is an economic issue.

Algernon said...

Are these really separate things?

It is certainly a labor issue when employees are not informed that their health insurance benefits have been canceled. Employees know these are hard times; they know things happen. But you have to talk to them and tell them what's going on, especially when it touches their lives as directly as health care.