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Hourly workers at Tower Automotive received $15 gift cards redeemable at Meijer grocery-retail stores before Thanksgiving. Then the automotive supplier decided the cards were “same as cash” gifts subject to federal and state income taxes totaling 36.75 percent.

That means the “gift” will take $5.51 out of the workers’ next paychecks.

“It’s got a lot of people ticked off,” said Donald McKee of Kingsley, a welding technician. “This is the lowest they’ve gone yet to give us something and then take it back.”

United Auto Workers Local 5110, which represents about 300 hourly workers, has filed a contract grievance over the matter. Some workers also have returned the gift cards rather than pay the tax. (source:

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