August 26, 2009: Chicago Teamsters are walking the picket line at SK Hand Tools to win back their health coverage.
The strikers, members of Local 743, have been working without a contract since March.
“SK didn’t even have the decency to let us know they stopped making payments,” commented David Biedrzycki, the union steward. “A doctor told a member there was no coverage last week.” The company is seeking a reduction in wages and employee contributions towards the cost of healthcare.
“Right now, these workers have no health insurance for themselves or their families, and it’s a tragedy we’re trying to rectify,” said Local 743 President Richard Berg. “We hope the company will come to their senses and give these people the basic benefits they need.”
SK strikers have invited Teamsters, as well as labor and community supporters to join their picket line.