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Retirees continue to plead against healthcare changes

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — A group of Shores retirees attended the second consecutive council meeting Tuesday, July 21, since changes were made to their healthcare plans with little to no notice over a telephonic meeting in May. Protests and pleas at the June meeting turned to picketing last week, but the retirees still left without the answers they were seeking.

“I think we’re better than what I’m hearing here tonight,” said Raymond Rahi, who has resided in the Shores more than 30 years. “I think we’re better than seeing people who are part of our family being forced to picket these issues. This isn’t what makes me proud to be a member of this community.” Photo by Laurel Kraus Retirees picket against healthcare changes before the Grosse Pointe Shores council meeting Tuesday, July 21. Due to backlash the council has faced and the recommendation of the city’s labor attorney, Councilman Matt Seely made an administrative motion to clarify the original motion, which changed the retiree healthcare plan to mirror that of active employees, including a 20 percent premium cost share. Also included are a $2,000 individual/$4,000 family health savings account and a hardship exemption for the premium cost share, for […]

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