Machinists on Strike; upset over company’s proposed health insurance plan

More than 100 Precision Custom Components employees are on the picket line in York. They’re protesting the company’s proposed health insurance plan.

Mike Gruver has been a fabricator and welder for the company for six years.

He says, “It’s steady work, insurance was good, pay is good, people are good.”

But until he gets good news, Gruver’s not returning to work.

Gruver says, “We’re just trying to stand up for what we want too.”

He and around 110 workers want change in the company’s proposed health insurance plan. Randy Jones is the union representative with the International Association of Machinists. Jones says next year employees will pay ten times the deductibles they pay now.

He says, “It’s currently $200 for single, $400 for family. They want to go to a $2000- $4000. $2000 for single, $4000 for family.”

The proposed plan also includes a $50,000 cap for employees injured while riding or being a passenger in a 2 or 3 wheel vehicle.

Gruver says, “$50,000 isn’t going to cover a major accident, you’re talking maybe a million.”

The union is in contract negotiations with the company. Jones says, “Until the company contacts me and is willing to go back to the negotiating table, we’re on strike.”

The union says the company’s offering to pay 50 percent of supplemental insurance to cover their regular insurance. FOX 43 made several calls to the company regarding the plan. We have not heard back.