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UNION MEETING TODAY!!!!!!

April 17, 2014

730am, noon, 4:00pm

 

UAW Local 292 Retiree Nomination Results

April 14, 2014

Chairperson:  Sue Conner

                                                Mickey Hart

Voting for this position will take place from 10am to 1pm at UAW Local 292 Union Hall on Monday May 12, 2014

The folling postions were won by acclamation

Vice Chairperson:         Jill Quackenbush

Finance Secretary:       Goldie Snavely

Recording Secretary:    Diane Russeau

Guide:                         Connie Lindley

/Was a great turn out for the UAW Local 292 Easter Egg hunt. To get to your photo or to view any photos simply click on the title in the grey area on the left that says PHOTO ALBUMS and you will see the selection titled, UAW Local 292 Easter Egg Hunt 2014. Right mouse click on any photo to save to your computer

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Benefits for Durable Medical Equipment Carrier Change (click on image to view larger)

REGISTER TO VOTE!!!!

Go to www.indianavoters.com to register to vote, update your registration or check your status and /or polling place.  You must be registered by the close of business on April 7, 2014 to vote in the Primary Election.

UAW Local 292 Easter Party (CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW LARGER)

2014 Triennial Election For Retirees Executive Board

NOMINATIONS will be held at the regular retirees meeting on Monday,  April 14, 2014.

ELECTION will be held at the regular retirees meeting on Monday,  May 12, 2014.

To be eligible to vote, you must be a retired member of UAW Local 292

                      We urge all UAW Local 292 Retirees to attend

NOMINATIONS AND ELECTION

NOMINATIONS AND ELECTION FOR DELEGATES TO THE
UAW 36TH CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

 Nominations will be held at a special nomination meeting at Noon on Sun., May 11, 2014 at UAW Local 292 Union Hall, 1201 W Alto Road, Kokomo.


Acceptance of Nomination: Nominees may accept at the nomination meeting or send a letter of acceptance to the Election Committee which must be received no later than 4:30 pm on the 3rd calendar day following nominations, Wed., May 14, 2014.


Election for Constitutional Convention delegates will be held Thurs., May 15, 2014 from  5:00 am thru 9:00 pm at UAW Local 292, 1201 W Alto Road, Kokomo, IN.
We will be electing two (2) delegates and two (2) alternates
 

ELECTION COMMITTEE NOTICE

Nominations for Election Committee of UAW Local 292 will be held at Noon on Sun., April 13, at UAW Local 292 Union Hall, 1201 W Alto Road., Kokomo.

 
Election for the Election Committee will be held Thur., April 17, 2014, at the April regular membership meeting at UAW Local 292 Union Hall, 1201 W Alto Rd, Kokomo at 7:30 am, Noon and 4:00 pm.
 

NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS AND ELECTION

FOR THE FOLLOWING OFFICES OF UAW LOCAL 292
ALL LOCAL UNION EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
SHOP COMMITTEEMEN
SHOP ALTERNATE COMMITTEEMEN
ALL AMERICAN FOOD & VENDING OFFICERS
                           ALL CARAVAN F.M. OFFICERS


NOMINATIONS
will be held at a special nomination meeting will be Noon on Sunday, JUNE 1, 2014, at UAW Local 292, 1201 W Alto Road.
NOMINATIONS ACCEPTANCE: Art VII Sec 7 of Local 292 Bylaws shall apply. All candidates in the triennial election who are nominated shall accept in writing, within three (3) days following nominations ….
ELECTION for the above offices will be held Thurs., JUN 12, 2014, in plant and at UAW Local 292 Union Hall, 1201 W. Alto Road, Kokomo, IN. Polls will be open from 5 am to 9 pm. (Bylaw Art. 7 Sec 1 & 2)
RUN-OFF ELECTION, if necessary will be held Fri., JUN 20, 2014 in plant and at UAW Local 292 Union Hall, 1201 W Alto Road, Kokomo, IN. Polls will be open from 5 am to 9 pm. (Bylaws Art. 7, Sec 5)
The UAW International Constitution and UAW Local 292 Bylaws will govern the election.
Election of all offices other than Trustees shall require a majority vote (50% plus 1) of the votes cast for the office.
GM members in good standing and Caravan F.M. members in good standing American Food & Vending members in good standing are eligible to vote for the representatives of THEIR UNIT and for the Executive Offices (President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Trustees, Guide and Sgt at Arms.) Retirees and members who are laid off and in good standing are eligible to vote for the Executive Offices (President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Trustees, Guide and Sgt at Arms) only.
Please have Union Card and/or photo ID available at the polls.
ALL MEMBERS ARE URGED TO PARTICIPATE.
The President Recording Secretary and Financial Secretary are, as a result of their election to respective offices, delegates to the UAW Howard County CAP Council.
 

April 28 is Worker Memorial Day. This year our theme is: "Safe Jobs, Save Lives, Make Your Voices Heard."  I am asking each Local Union President and Bargaining Unit Chairperson to plan a Worker Memorial Day event at your worksite or Local Union hall, and to do all you can to encourage participation of our members and employers.

Assuring work place safety should be a priority in everything we do. I am proud of the efforts Region 2-B Leadership and our membership has put forth in 2013, and I am even more pleased to report that there has not been a single work place fatality in the UAW in the entire calendar year 2013 and there has not been a fatality so far this year. Congratulations and thank you to all who have made that extra effort to assure our members go home to their families at the end of their shift.

 

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Modifications to Your Coverage Under the
UAW/GM Health Care Program
 

Buick Achievers Scholarship Application Period Open

Buick Achievers Scholarship Application Period Open
General Motors Foundation grants STEM scholarships for fourth consecutive year
DETROIT – The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, funded by the General Motors Foundation, will accept applications for 2014 scholarships from Monday, Jan. 6, through 5 p.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 28.
This is the fourth year the Buick Achiever Scholarships will be awarded to students who excel in the classroom and give back to the community. To be eligible for the program, high school seniors or current undergraduate students must be looking to obtain a college degree in science, technology, engineering, math, also known as STEM, or other eligible fields related to the auto industry.
Created in 2011, the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program has awarded $16.5 million to students across the U.S. This year, the program will award 100 scholarships of up to $25,000 per year, renewable for up to four years, or up to five years for qualified engineering programs.
“The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is helping students across the U.S. pay for and obtain a quality secondary education focused on STEM,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “Through the program, we are helping to shape the next generation of leaders and innovators for the automotive industry and for other sectors important to the future success of our country.”
Students from the United States and Puerto Rico are eligible. To apply for the Buick Achievers Scholarship, or to register for more information, please visit www.buickachievers.com.
About the GM Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit www.gm.com/gmfoundation.
About Buick
Buick is a modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors with thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning luxury models, including the Enclave crossover, LaCrosse sedan, Regal sport sedan, Buick Verano sedan and the Encore crossover. Learn more about Buick cars and crossovers at www.buick.com, on Twitter @buick, on Pinterest or at www.facebook.com/buick.
 

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.
Joe Ashton                                      Jim Glynn
UAW Vice President Vice President – GM Labor Relations

 

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THE PUMPKIN WINNER

20131029_064150-1 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!!!!

ALS Update

 

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.

GMCH Employees,

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!
THANK YOU for the donations that were raised to help the CRITCHLEY’S CRAWLERS walk team. Your HARD work helped my team raise over $15,500.00!! My team finished in 4th place out of about 180 teams for most money raised! I had 83 walkers the day of the walk. I am just overwhelmed with the turnout of walkers and donations raised. The ALS Association estimated 4,000 to 5,000 walkers, because not everyone registered. As of 10/21/13, the Indianapolis walk has raised 93% of their goal of $400,000. I think they have until the end of Nov. to reach it. Once again, THANK YOU for a TERRIFIC first year for the CRITCHLEY’S CRAWLERS!!
GOD BLESS,
Tony Critchley

 

 

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UPDATE TO THE MEMBERSHIP

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


Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation

 

vicki and mark

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

 

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          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.

In Solidarity,


Stacy Hollenback Amanda Hamilton
UAW Local 292/GMCH UAW Local 292/GMCH
Benefit Plans Representative Alt. Benefit Plans Representative
 

New Hours for Benefits at UAW Local 292 Union Hall

Monday thru Thursday 8am to noon

This change starts October 1, 2013
This change is so that we can better serve our active and retired membership.

United Way Kick Off (click on Link below to view photos)

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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!
 

jody

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?
Initially conceived in 2005 the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a free trade agreement among Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore. As of December 2012 the TPP is under negotiations with even more countries. Including Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam. Japan has expressed its desire to become a negotiating partner, but has not yet joined negotiations, as the TPP became a major issue in Japan's 2012 election. South Korea was asked by the US to consider joining the TPP but declined for the time being. Read more >>>

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


NOTICE CONCERNING ASSEMBLY HALL RENTALS:

Local 292 will not longer be available for NON Charitable Rentals.
We WILL honor those rentals that are currently scheduled. We will also continue to allow Charitable rentals with the understanding that when the Union Hall changes hands, other plans may have to be made.

We want to thank you for your understanding this time of transition!

 

Benefits Info

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.

Very good news for our member's who were starting to look for other physician's in the network!!!!

 

Benefit Newsletter

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On the morning of April 17, 2014, workers at Piston Automotive in Toledo went on strike to gain union recognition.  A majority of workers support the UAW, but until now management refused to recognize the union. Today, as a result of the courqage and solidarity of these workers, and all the other UAW members who supported them, Piston management agreed to recognize the UAW.     Read more >>>

Graduate employees commend administration behavior as state labor board confirms majority support

HARTFORD, Conn. — University of Connecticut (UConn) graduate student employees won union recognition today after the State Board of Labor Relations (SBLR) verified that a super majority of the workers signed cards authorizing the Graduate Employee Union/United Auto Workers (GEU-UAW) to represent them in collective bargaining.

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Director Lortz has published the call letter for the 2014 Region 2-B Leadership Weeks at Black Lake.  The weeks are as follows:

July 27 - Aug. 1, 2014 and Sept. 14 -19, 2014.

Workshop sessions this year include: Collective Bargaining; UAW 101; Grievance Handling; Financial Officer training (offered in July only), and CAP (offered in September only). The sessions are open to any active member in Region 2-B.

This is a great opportunity to improve your representation skills, whether new to leadership or a long term representative. Learn about our great union and experience fun and fellowship with other UAW members from all over our Region.

Inside are the CALL LETTER and the REGISTRATION FORM.

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Join us for the 11th Annual Richard T. Gosser Scholarship Golf Outing on July 20, 2014 at the Thunderbird Hils Golf Club in Huron Ohio.  Proceeds benefit the Richard T. Gosser Scholarship Fund, which grants awards of college scholarships to children of UAW Region 2-B members.  Read more >>>

 The 2014 International UAW Women's Conference will be held August 3-8, 2014 at the Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center at Black Lake, Michigan. See inside for registration information and the official call letter. Read more >>>

See inside for the call letter, delegate registration, hotel registration & map for the 2014 Constitutional Convention.  Hotel reservations must be made through the Region 2-B office by  May 6, 2014.   Read more >>>

Governor Kasich’s 3 years in office have not been good for Ohio’s middle class. He and his legislative allies have cut hundreds of millions from public education, passed a state budget that raises all new property taxes by 12.5%, and given tax breaks to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class and low income Ohioans.

The new OhioansUnited.org is a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about John Kasich’s anti-middle class agenda.

Click here to see their new website.

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The 2014 UAW Family Scholarship weeks have been announced: 

July 6-11 
July 13-18 
July 20-25

These three, one week sessions are offered on a once-in-a-lifetime basis to UAW active members and their families, and are held at the Walter & May Reuther Family Education Center (Black Lake) in Onaway, MI.

But make no mistake, this week is open to single active members and couples as well...

The programs get the whole family involved and active, learning about labor history, UAW history in particular and current issues facing families today.

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 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 >>>

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. 

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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.
Today, we'd like to share one of the stories that moved us.

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.

Local unions whose bylaws provide a maximum allowable rate for mileage reimbursement may begin paying that rate next year. Read more >>>

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?

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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. 

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 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.
See inside for a link to the new tax tables. 

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 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. 

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 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
If you have any questions regarding your medical/surgical health care benefits, please refer to the Blue Cross Blue Shield customer service telephone number listed on the back of your BCBS identification card.

Below are other Health Care Benefit contacts and their telephone numbers that you may need.
Please contact them at the number listed if you have questions about the program or plan.

Benefit Carrier Telephone Number

Membership Changes/ GM Benefit & Service Center 800-489-4646
Updates (Plan Administrator of all Benefit Plans)

Medical Coverage Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield 800-345-4907
Customer Service 800-424-2030

Prescription Drugs Express Scripts 800-464-4679

Mental Health Care/ Value Options 800-235-2302
Substance Abuse Care (Predetermination/GM Care Line)

Durable Medical Northwood National Provider 800-936-9314
Equipment/Prosthetics Network (NNPN)
& Orthotics

Dental Coverage Delta Dental 800-942-0667

Vision Coverage Davis Vision 888-672-8393

Care Management BlueHealthConnection (BCBS) 800-775-BLUE (2583)
Program (Orgran Transplant,
Cardiac Rehab, Educational
Training for Diabetes, etc.) Anthem 360 Health – Indiana 800-311-2924
 

Health Reimbursement Account Bank of America 866-567-3993

Diabetic Supplies/ Binsons 888-246-7667
Equipment for BCBS

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.

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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.

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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 >>>

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