|WORKERS AT EARLIER RALLY|
These men worked hard for many many years to be able to have insurance when they retired, it was included in the labor agreement. On Dec 31, 2010 at midnight , those benefits were stolen from them. These are people that did not make outrageous wages as a matter of fact electricians received top pay at 18.** an hour plus health insurance. AEP electricians get more than that without a union. These men agreed to lower wages to get and keep health insurance. The healthcare bill that passed is going to be too high for these workers to afford to pay, and therefore they will not receive the health care they deserve and worked so hard for! This company is not out of business, they have at least 2other plants open and their stockholders are still making money. This decision to take retiree health insurance effected only this plant. All of their other plants are running with no changes as far as we know.
The following is from WTAP.