Senator Bernie Sanders is blasting Deere & Co.’s threat to cut off striking workers’ health insurance next week.
He called the move “beyond outrageous,” noting that the company is “hugely profitable.”
John Deere's profits have exploded by some 67%, but workers who spent years with the company are now being forced off their insurance. That is beyond outrageous. John Deere is a hugely profitable company, and workers must be allowed to keep their health care during the strike.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 19, 2021
John Furman of Labor Notes tweeted that the company “is cutting off 10,000 workers (and their families’) health insurance on October 27th.” He added that “They could just as easily *not* do this, but they want to break the strike.”
John Deere is cutting off 10,000 workers (and their families') health insurance on October 27th. They could just as easily *not* do this, but they want to break the strike.
Also: Congress let COBRA subsidies expire on October 1, putting workers on the hook for thousands of $$$. pic.twitter.com/Jj05zkX8ey
— Jonah Furman (@JonahFurman) October 15, 2021