GM Encourages UAW Workers to Gamble With Their Health

Frank Williams
by Frank Williams

In addition to giving United Auto Workers (UAW) members a holiday for the start of deer season, GM is also offering them a lottery ticket just for showing up. MarketWatch reports that under the new labor deal, one year's perfect attendance could win a GM factory worker a brand-new car! Or, um, a part of one. The rules are pretty tough. If you're out sick,a doctor's excuse won't cut it. You have to prove you were sick by proffering a prescription slip or test results (which is a direct violation of HIPAA regulations if I'm not badly mistaken). Eligible workers are automatically entered into a drawing for $15K towards the purchase of a new GM ('Natch!) car or truck. Needless to say, the winner is liable for any taxes or other dealer charges. No word yet on a contest to see who can make the best car.

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  • Joseph Joseph on Nov 13, 2007

    Is the possibility of $15K for a new GM really worth it? What would that actually get you?

  • Glenn126 Glenn126 on Nov 13, 2007

    "Is the possibility of $15K for a new GM really worth it? What would that actually get you?" Well, where I live (and most likely everywhere else in the US) it would get you a full sized Chevy or GMC pickemup truck, or a Cobolt or Saturn Ion.... jeesh, I think I'd rather take days off without leave to avoid being given an Ion.....

  • SunnyvaleCA SunnyvaleCA on Nov 13, 2007
    I hate when no one comes to work the monday after the superbowl because they’re “sick”. With all the drinking they might indeed be sick the next morning.
  • Naif Naif on Nov 13, 2007

    gm does not worry about, people-humans-male or females etc,etc. they want a body, a body they want to do whatever is to be done in any spot on the line so it will run. missing someone? line cannot run. you cannot get it later or tomorrow or after you make a phone call or go get a coffee or go pee-pee. it does not work that way folks. thats why you also cannot compare auto jobs to any other work.

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