WATCH: UAW Kid Denied Cancer Treatment After GM Cuts off Healthcare

UAW Local 1005 Chairman Al Tiller (Zach D. Roberts)

CLEVELAND – Yesterday, General Motors made the unexpected decision to cut off healthcare to employees out on strike. In previous strikes, GM had never done this. However, GM is playing hardball now. 

The result of them cutting off health insurance is that UAW members and their families with chronic health conditions are being denied care.

In Parma, Ohio, one UAW member’s kid couldn’t even get cancer treatment as a result of GM’s tactic. Many union leaders worry that someone may die as a result of GM’s decision as people put off doctor’s visits. 

Watch UAW Local 1005 Chairman Al Tiller talk about how one member’s kid was unable to get cancer treatment. 

However, GM’s hardball tactics are increasing the resolve of workers to soldier on as they are angry about GM’s callous actions. 

“They are trying their best to break us, but what they don’t realize is that the more they push, they thought they were gonna divide and conquer the more we are uniting,” says Al Tiller.

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About the Author

Mike Elk
A Sidney-award winning labor reporter, Mike Elk is the founder of Payday Report and also covers labor and immigration for The Guardian. In 2015, he was illegally fired for union organizing as Politico’s senior labor reporter and used his $70,000 NLRB settlement to start Payday. The son of United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh He can be reached at

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