GM reverses course says strikers will keep health coverage

DETROIT — General Motors now says striking workers will get company-paid health insurance, nine days after saying coverage would be cut off.The company says in an email to the United Auto Workers union that it will keep benefits in place due to significant confusion among members. The letter says employee health and well-being are GM’s top priorities.Workers howled and politicians criticized GM after the company said it would end benefits the day after the strike began Sept. 16.It’s standard procedure for health care costs to shift to the union in a strike. The United Auto Workers’ website says the union would pick up the cost of premiums.The strike by about 49,000 factory workers has shut down production at more than 30 GM factories. Talks continued Thursday.The Associated Press

New remote from HBCradiomatic keeps equipment operators on the move

first_imgNew from leading industrial remote control manufacturer HBC-radiomatic is a multi-equipment remote that offers operators maximum mobility and safety. Wireless technology means that the keynote can be used to operate a wide range of equipment remotely without the need for pendant cables or static control panels.The hand-held device is robustly designed with 12-one-step buttons sized and spaced to enable use while wearing safety gloves.  It offers complete freedom of movement which greatly improves safety and with an instant ‘stop’ impact button, operators can react immediately in emergency situations.The keynote offers a complete package of features and functions, including a transmitter that allows the output of 21 single-step commands and comes complete with radiomatic iLOG which enables the quick activation of a spare transmitter in the event of an out of action radio control.Keynote operates with a wide range of HBC’s radio receivers and is suited for applications with AC or DC power supply.  It is compatible with interfaces such as CAN-Bus, Profibus-DP, RS232 and RS 485 and it operates on a wide range of frequencies.Other features include a re-chargeable NiMH battery which has 30 hours of continuous operating time and can be changed in a matter of seconds without any effect on memory.  LEDs indicate operation, battery status, feedback information and warning messages. An extended range of functions is available via bank switch to a second control level with LED showing the selected control level. Complete with battery, the keynote weighs just 360g and its casing incorporates a belt clip for convenience.HBC-radiomatic is one of the world’s leading suppliers of radio controls for industrial applications, such as the wireless operation of machinery. Since its foundation over 60 years ago, this privately owned, family-run company with its head office in Crails-heim (Germany) has consistently focused on quality and development, and production in-house. Over 90% of our components are developed and produced at the HBC production facility in Crailsheim. HBC-radiomatic presently employs over 350 people at eight production and sales facilities worldwide. A global service and distribution network of over 30 international partners ensures that a competent contact partner is able to assist HBC customers around the world at all times.last_img read more