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Should a worker on strike receive insurance benefits?

I am writing in regard to the "Human Side of Engineering" case, "Should a worker on strike receive insurance benefits?" (PE, February 2000, p 22). Mr. Dreyfack raises an interesting point. His answer would have resulted in ultimately getting the correct information ("check with legal"), but it's a lot simpler than that.

Workers benefits are covered by The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). It covers them when they quit or are fired and, no doubt, when on strike.

If the company failed to send a COBRA notice in an unusual situation like a strike, the employee would be entitled to collect. If the company did send the notice and the employee returned it with a request to continue coverage, he would also be covered.

The missing ingredient in the story is "Did the company send a COBRA notice to the strikers when they went on strike?" If they did and the striker did not take advantage of the offer within the time allocated, the striker would not be covered.

It's an insurance issue, not arbitration at that point.- Jim Haigh

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