Automakers, suppliers maintain pay and benefits for called-up employees

Sherefkin, Robert
April 2003
Automotive News;4/7/2003, Vol. 77 Issue 6032, p36
Trade Publication
Automakers and many suppliers are voluntarily paying the difference between military and civilian salaries and maintaining benefits including medical, dental and life insurance for summoned or mandated reservists for up to several months or even years. By law companies are only required to hold reservists' jobs open and available. If they are summoned that leaves reservists facing a big pay cut and the loss of benefits for their families. Called up reservists and National Guard members are just a fraction of the automobile industry's total employment. General Motors Corp. for example has just 100 of its 190000 employees in the U.S. on mandated active military duty. INSET: Called to duty.


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