|UAW Local 292|
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Modifications to Your Coverage Under the
Buick Achievers Scholarship Application Period Open
Buick Achievers Scholarship Application Period Open
Predetermination helps you plan for your dental care
Unexpected bills aren't fun for anyone. It's much easier to budget for expenses you're expecting. That's why Delta Dental makes it easy for you to find out whether your dental treament is covered and how much it will cost before you take a seat in your dentist's chair.
Here's how: When a proposed treatment plan will cost more than $200, ask your dentist to submit the plan to us for predetermination. Predetermination gives us a chance to review the proposed treatment in accordance with your dental coverage. We can then determine what portion of the treatment will be covered under the Delta Dental plan chosen by your employer and what portion will be your financial responsibility.
We'll send a predetermination notice to you and your dentist. We encourage you to review this notice together and discuss treatment options before deciding on treatment. Our payment can be applied toward the treatment that you and your dentist choose.
With predetermination, you'll know ahead of time how much of the bill you'll be responible for. Predetermination gives you the opportunity to learn about your options, and it makes it easier for you to budget for your dental care.
UPDATE TO THE MEMBERSHIP
December 2, 2013
Message from Joe Ashton and Jim Glynn
Dear UAW-GM Team Members,
We are pleased to report that our team achieved the 2013 quality target – Incidents per Thousand Vehicles (IPTV warranty performance).
Your commitment to quality is not judged solely on this IPTV; accolades from third parties and customers validate that your efforts are making a difference. In 2013, GM became the top automaker in J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study with the most model awards in the company’s history. Chevy Sonic earned J.D. Power’s APEAL award for the second year in a row. WardsAuto.com named the 2.0L turbo I-4 engine that powers the Cadillac ATS to its 2013 “10 Best Engines” List. In addition, Consumer Reports named 2014 Chevy Impala the best sedan and Silverado as the best pickup. Motor Trend recently announced the 2014 Cadillac CTS as its Car of the Year.
These are just the highlights of a long list of wins. This level of accomplishment reflects the hard work and dedication of UAW-GM team members across the business, including powertrain, components, stamping, vehicle assembly, and service parts. You all contribute to what matters most – ensuring our customers receive the best products we can build for their hard-earned money.
As the 2011 National Contract outlines, each eligible UAW-GM team member will receive a bonus of $250 for meeting the IPTV performance target. This bonus will be in your December 6th paycheck. Congratulations! Thank you for your hard work and putting our customers first, each and every day.
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THE PUMPKIN WINNER
9502 3rd Shift Final Assembly .................... THE PARKING SPOT WINNERS LeMann Dea- November, Stephanie Eubank -November, Brian Summerton-December, Lisa Fox-December..................................................... BIGGEST WINNER- UNITED WAY $1,200.00 THANK YOU TO ALL PARTICIPATED, PURCHASED ITEMS AND VOTED THIS YEAR!!!!
THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT HELPED RAISE MONEY FOR ALS!!
Over 38 Bikes Participated in the John Davin Benefit Ride held on September 14. Over $2,200.00 was raised from the ride, auction, and donations put on by Asphalt Templars to Benefit ALS.
The ALS Walk held on September 28, had 40 walkers and raised $5,000.00 for John's team. Overall the ALS walk had 7,000 walkers and raised $363,000.00 at White River State Park in Indianapolis.
Hot Dog sale at GMCH plant $2700.00 was raised. And the Lollipop sale by Debby Hollis at GMCH plant raised $665.00 in 3 weeks.
I want to THANK YOU for another AWESOME ALS Fundraiser! It was GREAT to be able to celebrate it with John and all the employees. THANK YOU for taking the time to set up, get raffle goodies, bake goodies, and prepare the hot dogs. It was just an AWESOME day! I just LOVE coming into the plant and taking time to visit with everyone. You all make it easier on me to think that I don’t have a disability with all your caring, love and prayers. I just APPRECIATE how you all have taken the time to learn about ALS and what you can do to help out. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
We are aware that there are many rumors circulating on the floor regarding the possibility of some layoffs.
As we approach the end of year, there are many discussions taking place on how to best run the business as our volumes go down.
Please understand that until definite plans have been determined, we will not be taking Benefit Calls in regards to layoff. Any time spent answering these calls would be purely speculation until we know facts. As we all know, plans change frequently.
Once Management and your Team Leader have been advised by Labor Relations, your Benefit Representative will schedule meetings to provide layoff instructions and answer any questions you may have.
Your Benefit Reps. will always schedule meetings the week before a layoff when a layoff has been scheduled
Congratulations to Caravan employees on a successful election. You have decided that Vicki Long will be your first Shop Chair. Thanks to everyone for their help and participation
It has been brought to our attention that there is some confusion among our members regarding the Notice to All General Motors Employees that was mailed to employees on September 20, 2013 pertaining to the Availability of the Health Insurance Marketplace (Exchanges) under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Beginning in January, 2014, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will require individuals to either maintain minimum essential health care coverage or pay a tax penalty. This rule is commonly known as the “individual mandate”.
The Department of Labor requires employers to provide a notice to all employees of options available to them for obtaining the minimum essential health care coverage, including the availability of the “Exchanges”. The employer’s issuance of this notice is required regardless of the employee’s enrollment in employer sponsored health care coverage and regardless of whether the employee is classified as part-time or full-time.
All Health Care Plans offered by General Motors meet the minimum value standard that would preclude eligibility for the tax credit through the Marketplace Exchanges.
All GMCH employees are enrolled in employer-sponsored health coverage that meets the minimum value standard required. Employee’s DO NOT need to purchase Health Care through the Exchanges.
General Motors remains committed to providing high-quality, affordable health care coverage for eligible employees and their dependents, while complying with the Affordable Care Act. As in prior years, General Motors will continue to evaluate its health care plan offerings available to all employees.
Please understand that the Exchanges only apply to small employer groups or individual groups of which we are neither. Expect to be bombarded this fall with all kinds of threatening communications that have NO IMPACT on our membership unless they make the mistake and enroll for one of the programs in the Exchanges.
The 2014 UAW Financial Officers Conference will take place February 23-28, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This conference is for local union Presidents, Financial Secretaries/Treasurers, Trustees and Recording Secretaries. Local union bookkeepers may also attend. There will be two conference sessions, and local unions should plan on attending one of the two sessions.
Registrations and hotel reservations must be made by January 7, 2014. Please click "read more" for the call letter and registration information.
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New Hours for Benefits at UAW Local 292 Union Hall
Monday thru Thursday 8am to noon
This change starts October 1, 2013
United Way Kick Off (click on Link below to view photos)
EMS employees - stay strong! We stand behind you in your fight to break out of the grasp of working poverty wages! It will be worth it!
CONGRATULATIONS EMS WORKERS !!!!!!!!!!
EMS (housekeeping) now certified UAW members.
UAW MEMBERS OF LOCAL 292 WELCOME YOU!!
Certified UAW officially as of June 21, 2013
Say No to TPP - What is TPP?
Follow instructions and if any questions call LeMann Dea at 451-7274
Please remember GMCH employees are NOT eligible for personal/skill enhancement courses
REMINDER ABOUT ASSEMBLY HALL RENTALS
Local 292 will not longer be available for NON Charitable Rentals.
We want to thank you for your understanding this time of transition!
Go to the Benefits section for a updated list of Insurance carriers and phone numbers
Union Hall Hours
The Union Hall will be making changes to better serve it's membership over the next few weeks and months. During this time, our hours of operation may be effected. Our new hours are 10am - 2pm Monday through Thursday. Closed on Friday. Feel free to contact us at 765-453-4600 to verify opening hours. Thanks so much for your understanding! As always our goal is to make the best possible decisions for the membership and it's future.
Workers Memorial 2013 Local 292 Highland Park
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James Blanton 11 votes
Brian Pulsipher 6 Votes
Marion General Hospital
Representative at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is pleased to announce that they have reached a contract agreement with Marion General Hospital and that there will be no break in service for our member's that use this facility and their physician's.
The 43rd International Convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) will convene on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 and will continue through Monday, May 26, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme for this year’s CBTU Convention is “Working Together – It Shall Come to Pass.” Read more >>>
Nominations for Region 2-B's Woman of the Year can be made to the Regional office by March 31, 2014. Candidates must be an active or retired Region 2-B member in good standing who has helped strengthen our Union as well as her community. Read more >>>
The Annual Region 2-B Retired Workers Council Meeting will take place in Angoloa, Indiana at Pokagon State Park on April 14, 2014. The top four officers of all retired worker chapters in the Region are invited to attend. Registrations and hotel reservations should be made by March 31, 2014. See inside for the official call letter and registration form. Read more >>>
The 2014 Region 2-B Bowling Tournament was held in January and February at Beaver-Vu Lanes in Beavercreek, Ohio. See inside for the tournament results. Read more >>>
The 2014 Region 2-B Conference will be held May 2, 2014 in conjunction with the Region 2-B Advisory Council Meetings on May 3, 2014. The Conference and Council Meetings will take place at the Park Inn Hotel in Toledo, Ohio. Nominations and elections will be held for all Advisory Councils except Union Label.
Hotel room reservations must be made directly to the hotel by April 10, 2014, and are the responsibility of the Local or Unit sending the delegate. The registration deadline for conference and meeting attendance must be made to the Regional Office by April 21, 2014. See inside for the official call letter and registration form.Read more >>>
Volkswagen workers from the Chattanooga, Tenn., facility will vote in an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Feb. 12 – 14, 2014. The NLRB set the election as a result of an agreement reached between Volkswagen Group of America (VWGOA) and the UAW.
The Chattanooga workers will decide whether the UAW can move forward with a new collaborative approach with VWGOA based on the principles of co-determination that would include the formation of a works council at its Chattanooga facility. This would be the first works council established in the United States.
See inside to watch UAW President Bob King on the Ed Show and for more information about this breaking news.Read more >>>
Region 2-B recognizes the continuing supporters of the Richard T. Gosser Scholarship: Thank you all so much for your generous support of this very worthwhile program that rewards the hard-working children of our members as they start their college lives. Please see inside for a listing of these generous supporters, and to find out more about this valuable program. Read more >>>
The 27th Annual UAW Chaplaincy Conference will be held at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center, April 12-17, 2014. The deadline for registration is March 12, 2014. For more information and the registration form, please click read more below. Read more >>>
Over the past few months, people from all over the country have been talking about how their lives have been touched by health care reform.
Renee is a mother of three young children who was blindsided by cancer. She was rejected from her husband's health insurance, and several other private plans, because of a pre-existing condition -- leaving her stuck with a plan that had a yearly limit and additional stress that the care she needed might not be covered.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Renee now has the coverage she needs.
You have to hear Renee tell her story -- then, pass it on to show others exactly why health care reform matters.
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UAW Region 2B Director Ken Lortz congratulates all of the 2B members who helped make the 2013 fundraising effort for March of Dimes a tremendous success. Director Lortz is again serving as the March for Babies Labor Industry Chair for the Indiana and Ohio Chapters. Please join him in making the 2014 goal of $275,000 - and help reach the day when all babies are born healthy. Read more for the sign up form and more information. Read more >>>
Please see inside for a link to the IRS website detailing a half cent decrease in the standard mileage rates (from 56 1/2 cents to 56 cents per mile) beginning January 1, 2014.
So-called right to work laws are wrong for working and middle class families. These laws make paying union dues optional - even though unions are required by law to represent all workers under their agreements. In other words, the laws give people the right to shirk - since all the benefits of a union contract still cover everyone, regardless if they pay dues or not. As a result, unions will have trouble representing members and negotiating contracts because bargaining power will be lost.
The effort to pass a right to shirk law is currently under way in Ohio. Recently these laws were passed in Indiana and Michigan. In Ohio, the same people who wanted to take away our collective bargaing rights with Senate Bill 5 are behind the right to shirk. It's crucial that we educate ourselves and our co-workers, families, neighbors and friends about the truth behind this deceitful effort. When was the last time billionaires spent millions of dollars to give more rights and freedom in the workplace?Read more >>>
Check out Region 2-B's most recent commercial! Read more >>>
The Annual Region 2B Bowling Tournament will be held at Beaver-Vu Bowl, 1238 North Fairfield Road, Beavercreek, Ohio 45432, near Dayton. The tournament will take place over two weekends: January 25 & 26 and February 1 & 2, 2014.
The deadline for entries is November 8, 2013. Please see inside for the official call letter which contains more details and notice to post at work sites.Read more >>>
The UAW National CAP Conference will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. The conference will convene on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. (tentative) and will adjourn at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.
The entire registration process (for hotel and conference) will be conducted online. Applications for the conference are due online by Friday, December 13, 2013. Please click "read more" for the official call letter and details on the application for this conference.Read more >>>
Lower Tax Withholding Rates Take Effect September 1, 2013
Effective with the first pay period ending on or after September 1, 2013, state income tax withholdings should be deducted at the new rates.
News organizations from across the State of Ohio are questioning Gov. Kasich’s Jobs Ohio. Watch this video for the latest news on what others are saying about Jobs Ohio.
The Richard T. Gosser Scholarship Program is now accepting applications from the daughters and sons of UAW Region 2B members who will graduate from high school in 2014. These prestigious $10,000 awards are based on S.A.T. scores, class rank, extra-curricular activites, letters of recommendation, personality traits and leadership abilities.
Applications are assessed by a six member team of prominent community leaders, clergy and educators, who then select the winners. The application must be either received by the Region 2B office or postmarked by October 15, 2013. This deadline is firm, and no exceptions will be made. Please click below to access the application form and scholarship rules. We are asking all locals who participate in the scholarship fund to post this information at our work sites.
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As members of organized labor, we know how important it is for each of us to do our part to make our community a great place to live and work. That’s why the UAW Region 2-B is a proud partner and supporter of United Way.
United Way also shares a common vision with us and is working to improve education, income, and health—the building blocks of a good life. Together, we are ensuring union members, their families, and communities, have access to essential services like food and shelter.
As a UAW Member, you can make a difference. I urge you to support United Way in their efforts to bring together people and organizations from across the community with the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done.Read more >>>
To All Members of Region 2-B, UAW:
Just over seven months ago, we concluded our work on a critical 2012 election cycle. Time has certainly flown by since the election, but hopefully you have found a few moments to relax. Unfortunately, the Right Wing Extremists have not taken any time off. In fact, they have ramped up their attacks on Workers Rights, Voter Rights, Women’s Rights, Immigration Rights and the Rights of our Senior Citizens. These Extremists continue to reward their rich and privileged campaign donors with tax breaks they don’t need, while pushing failed “trickle down” economic policies at the expense of workers. They continue to gerrymander Congressional Districts to avoid being held accountable for their decisions. They continue to push no Rights at Work legislation. They continue to block the effectiveness of the NLRB, and the list goes on, all to the detriment of the American Worker.
Unions are the first, and the last line of defense for American Workers, and the Extremists (funded by the Koch brothers, Carl Rove, the Chamber of Commerce and others) will stop at nothing to weaken labor and have their way with all workers.
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Insurance info and phone numbers
General Motors Program/Plan Phone Numbers
Below are other Health Care Benefit contacts and their telephone numbers that you may need.
Benefit Carrier Telephone Number
Membership Changes/ GM Benefit & Service Center 800-489-4646
Medical Coverage Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield 800-345-4907
Prescription Drugs Express Scripts 800-464-4679
Mental Health Care/ Value Options 800-235-2302
Durable Medical Northwood National Provider 800-936-9314
Dental Coverage Delta Dental 800-942-0667
Vision Coverage Davis Vision 888-672-8393
Care Management BlueHealthConnection (BCBS) 800-775-BLUE (2583)
Health Reimbursement Account Bank of America 866-567-3993
Diabetic Supplies/ Binsons 888-246-7667
Life Insurance MetLife 888-543-3461
DETROIT – We commend President Obama for his leadership and support for the U.S. auto industry. His actions helped prevent a second Great Depression, saving more than a million American jobs in the process. Domestic automakers have pledged investment in U.S. plants through 2015 that will mean more than 40,000 direct manufacturing jobs in the United States.
The renewed American automotive industry is now America’s No. 1 export sector. The Obama administration, American workers and retirees, and the U.S. automotive industry made tough choices and sacrifices to make this turnaround possible. The automobile sector supports over 3 million good-paying jobs in assembly plants, auto parts manufacturing, repair shops, dealerships and other supporting businesses nationwide. In 2012, U.S. automotive exports totaled $133 billion, an increase of more than $17 billion (14 percent) over 2011. Domestic manufacturing has long been the foundation of a strong middle class, and the automobile industry is the one of the most critical for U.S. manufacturing.
Under the president’s leadership, we are implementing higher fuel efficiency standards from 2017-2025, effectively doubling vehicle fuel efficiency, drastically reducing carbon emissions and creating several hundred thousand jobs. About 50,000 of these jobs will be in auto parts manufacturing and vehicle assembly alone.Read more >>>
From all reports we’ve seen, President Obama is going to propose a budget plan this week that is unprecedented for a Democratic president. It will propose a cut to Social Security benefits for seniors, veterans and people with disabilities.
It appears the proposed cut will take the form of “chained” CPI—a discredited way of calculating annual cost-of-living increases that does not keep up with actual costs, eating into benefits.
But there’s more. The president’s budget proposal also would require middle-class seniors—people who make $47,000 a year and more—to pay higher Medicare premiums.Read more >>>
DETROIT – Even after Chrysler Corp.'s Gualberto Ranieri, vice president of communications, said Friday, “Let's set the record straight: Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China,” the Romney campaign put out a false and misleading ad basically repeating his bogus statement made Thursday in Ohio that Chrysler was moving all Jeep production to China.
Author Greg Palast, in his book, "Billionaires and Ballot Bandits," examines the role Mitt Romney played in the Delphi bailout and how he and other economic vultures made millions as the storied parts supplier went into and came out of bankruptcy. In this video, Palast tells how Mitt and Ann Romney made at least $15 million from the carcass of Delphi and as much as $115 million.
It also shows how Romney's cronies made more than $4 billion off the bankruptcy. These same billionaires also contributed millions to his presidential campaign.
DETROIT -- Two days after GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a crowd near Toledo, Ohio, that Chrysler was moving all Jeep production to China, the GOP candidate appears to be unfazed by his incorrect remarks and remains mum on the subject.. Read more >>>