Toyota Workers Will Start Paying Premiums To Insure Families

ERLANGER, Ky. (AP) - The company says workers at Toyota's largest plant in the United States will have to start paying a premium from each paycheck to insure spouses, domestic partners or families.

The move takes effect next year and is part of an initiative by Toyota to align the benefits at the plant in central Kentucky with many of its other North American plants, where employees already pay premiums. Employees at the Georgetown plant also would have higher copays and deductibles under the plan.

The company said it is planning for the future to ensure that health care costs are managed and won't drag down the business.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by DAVID Location: KY on Aug 30, 2007 at 07:47 PM
  • by Me Location: Campton on Aug 30, 2007 at 03:56 PM
    I simply do not understand the mindset of employees. $5 a check is minimal. In the state of Kentucky you are considered lucky if you do not have to pay for your own health insurance - it is almost unheard of to get all or most of your spouse/family insurance premiums paid as well. We live in a society that lets the employees make the rules and that is riduculous. For those of you complaining, management decisions are made to better the company and retain good employees. These decisions are made out there by one person on an island. If you do not like it then find somewhere else to work. Employers are required to follow fair labor standards and equal employment - they are not required to pay any of your health insurance. Lower level Employees do not make the business decisions for a reason - most of the time they are unable to see the big picture. So again - if you don't like it.... try to find another job that pays even comparable wages and benefits. Only in America.....
  • by Rex Location: Georgetown on Aug 30, 2007 at 08:40 AM
    The true culprit of the need to require premiums is the greed of pharmacuticle companies and insurance companies. Unfortunately they line the pockets of our politicians to the point that they are apathetic to the needs of the people they supposedly represent. Toyota workers are very fortunate in many ways, if anyone complains about having to pay a small amount of their pay to have health care insurance, they should speak to a teacher about how bad they think they have it! Toyota workers are very well paid and their benefits are exceptional, especially in this part of the country. Their skilled trades employees seem to cry the most about how bad they have it, when in fact they are the highest paid and spend most of their time reading news papers in their break rooms and campaigning for the UAW to make their lives even easier - a union will not help you with health care, in fact you would take a pay cut for the union dues that would be deducted from your pay! Grow up!


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