Delta Dental Relocating Jobs

By: News 10
By: News 10

Delta Dental is closing its Okemos call center and moving the 93 jobs their to its Farmington Hills facility.

The insurance company informed the employees today that none of the jobs was being eliminated, but the workers would have to relocate or commute if they wanted to keep their jobs.

Company spokesman Ari Adler tells WILX.com the move is being made to save Delta Dental nearly $1 million a year. The Okemos facility is rented and the Farming Hills facility is owned by the company.

The move is expected to happen in November.


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  • by carrie Location: need jobs mich. on Sep 6, 2009 at 10:11 AM
    To bad all of us can't save money.Or have jobs to make money.Really to bad this state can't get jobs here.The way mich is ran we can understand why jobs aren't here.It is all about money.The gov wants to tax the wrong people,The single business tax wiped out many small business.The one that replaced it is no better.The sweeter the deal,the more money one can save gets the business.Gas is cheaper in some near by states and other products.If one is able and has the money,Where are they going to shop.Same with business where are they going to go?Do you think any business is going to pass up saving 1 million$$?Think how many people need jobs,and it has came to the time where they will work for less.If government would bring down business tax,property tax,city taxes on companies ect.The jobs would flow into mich,not out of mich.At least this business stayed in mich.
  • by mike Location: mich. on Sep 6, 2009 at 09:52 AM
    When taxes become fair in mich that will be the day.CEOS,judges,lawyers,doctors,and many with high incomes GET AWAY WITH BIG TAX DEDUCTIONS,TAX BREAKS,AND ANYTHING THEY CAN TO NOT PAY THEIR SHARE.If we lower some business taxes and start taxing peoples high incomes,jobs just might stay put.Many have moved out of the detroit area.Houses sit empty.Crime is high but no money to fight it is really there.Attracting business gives that area more money for whats needed done.I'm sure they were offered something to move.At least these jobs didn't go overseas,and stayed in mich.The better the deal in counties,the better the chance they will get jobs to come.There are property taxes,local taxes.All the taxes that make up each county.Then there is the fact with so many not working,they can get people to work cheaper,just by moving.Jobs have been going overseas for some time now,Just for that reason.We can't plan a future.To many got greedy,now we all pay.Money talks,so do less taxes in business.
  • by Chris Location: dug out cave in Mason on Sep 3, 2009 at 07:29 AM
    Tooth Decay i agree with everything you wrote. The Machine that made America great in the past has now turned on us. What i don't understand is why many of us are awake, but so many of us are asleep. I guess it just needs to get much worse for the rest of them to wake up.
  • by Tooth Decay Drama on Sep 3, 2009 at 01:00 AM
    If Delta Dental is saving nearly a million dollars will my dental insurance decline? Will my dentist charge less for services? Will these 93 employees stop working for delta dental because of relocation? Is this just another news article that will fade in to the sunset tomorrow? Does anyone really care other than these 93 employees? Is your dentist relocating? Would you pack up and move to be closer to your dentist or insurance carrier? Would you relocate to keep a good paying job? I know of a few people that didn't and now they are gainfully unemployed. Thanks to our depressed economy, high standard of living and a government out of control and corporations with CEO's and Board of Directors beholding to major stock holders the middleclass American Dream is becoming a nightmare but the only solution is to raise taxes. If you keep cutting salaries pretty soon those paying most of the taxes will not be able to support the poor among us. What is your solution?
  • by Lucy10 on Sep 2, 2009 at 06:49 PM
    What they aren't telling anyone is that in moving to Farmington Hills and joining a new union, these employees are being forced to bid into new jobs -- at entry level wages. This means between the cut in pay and the cost of the commute, employees who have given 10-15 years of their life to this company will be earning nearly 50% less than they are today. Perhaps their CEO who is making nearly $4 million/year should take a 50% cut in pay too and help these so called "valued employees". All of this at the same time that they are investing a fortune in their brand new "green" facility on Okemos Rd. This was clearly the plan all along when they moved them to the University Park office 3 years ago while they renovated the Okemos Rd building and created a new space for the call center, they just neglected to mention the the "new space" would be 60 miles away.
  • by steve Location: wright on Sep 2, 2009 at 04:20 PM
    Deltaa /dental is moving these employess to frain=mgton hills but they will have vacant office space in the new office building. the employees are members of the UAW but are being forced to move and join a new union. this is nothing more than union busting by a company that sells it services to unions. We will see how unions still stand up for its members
  • by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2009 at 04:11 PM
    In response to: "I'm sure costs to go their won't get cheaper." Actually, costs will go down for the company since they currently lease the call center space in Okemos and are relocating staff to a facility they own. The annual savings will be great. Why can't anyone focus on the positive part of the news that jobs are being saved and are remaining in the state? Kudos to Delta Dental for not relocating the positions out of Michigan and for doing what they can to remain a strong company in this tough economy!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2009 at 03:16 PM
    If Delta Dental was considering this move then why did they invest the time and money into the renovations at the Okemos location? It would have been better to consider other options like another location so that it wouldn't cost employees more money to commute...but then again companies are interested in making more money and higher profits then they seem to care about the individuals that are responsible for making them more money and profits!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2009 at 02:55 PM
    Just like car companies are doing business over seas and moving their plants their to or buying from them before us americans..It is all about money,higher profits are the results of saying we will save money.I'm sure costs to go their won't get cheaper.See how business works,even if it hurt peoples jobs.Detroit is attracting all kinds of business.
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