Kodak Retirees Seek Committee To Protect Benefits

Some former employees are worried given Kodak's current proposal to end health care benefits for about 16,000 retirees who are eligible for Medicare.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Some former Kodak employees are asking a judge to appoint a retiree committee toprotect their benefits as the photography company reorganizes under bankruptcy protection.

The retirees say in a motion filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York that a committee is appropriate given Kodak's current proposal to end health care benefits for about 16,000 retirees who are eligible for Medicare.

In a separate motion filed Tuesday, the retirees object to the benefits change. They say alteringretiree benefits would be premature in light of Kodak's plans to submit a reorganization plan early next year.

A hearing on the issue is scheduled for March 20.

Rochester, N.Y.-based Kodak filed for protection from creditors in January.

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