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** June Union Meeting Changes**

This month's union meeting has been moved to Saturday June 20, 2015 at 8am. We are hoping this is a temporary move and will keep the membership posted of any changes. Thank you for your understanding. See you on Saturday!

In response to the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Frequently asked questions for agents and customer groups
(Information pertains to BCBSM and BCN)
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An important update about Anthem
From Ken Dallafior, executive vice president, Commercial Business, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Credit monitoring and identity theft repair available from Anthem to BCBSM and BCN members affected by Anthem cyber-attack
I know you have questions about the cyber-attack at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and how it may have affected your group. So I want to keep you up to date on what’s happening;
• Anthem is offering two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft repair through AllClear ID to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan or Blue Care Network members whose personal information could be affected if they live — or traveled to and received health services — in one of the 14 states where Anthem operates. Those states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.
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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield warns of “phishing” scam


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Free Tax Filing (click on image to view larger)

A letter from Danny Hiatt (click on image to view)

Elected Union Officials

36th Constitutional Convention

On Wednesday June 4, 2014, thousands of balloons supporting different candidates for several different offices filled the entire room. All resolutions were concluded and nominations began. All international offices were won by acclamation except for UAW President. There were 2 candidates running for President. Dennis Williams, former UAW Secretary/Treasurer was elected after a roll call vote and majority was declared.

All delegates and guests broke off to their regional meetings where Ron Gettelfinger, former UAW President, conducted the nominations for Region 2B Director. Region 2B Director Ken Lortz was re-elected by acclamation.

36th Constitutional Convention 2014 Day 1

June 2, 2014 Cobo Hall Detroit, Michigan
The 36th UAW Constitutional Convention convened this morning at Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan. Current Financial Secretary, Dennis Williams, introduced the International Executive Board as well as resolution, rules, convention and credentials committees. Michigan Congressman, John Conners was honored with the Owen Beiber Social Justice Award. Frank Patta- General Secretary, Volkswagon Global Group Works Council, spoke on continuing the fight at the Chatanooga Volkswagon Plant. Since the loss to organize the Chatanooga Plant was quite narrow, he is confident that with additional organizing persistance workers will eventually prevail and become union.

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


Go to 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.

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 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


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.


                           ALL CARAVAN F.M. OFFICERS

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.
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.

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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
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
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, on Twitter @buick, on Pinterest or at

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. 


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. 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


click on the title benefit newsletter nov and dec 2013 above to view the newsletter


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



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!!
Tony Critchley






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)

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!



EMS (housekeeping) now certified UAW members.


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



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!!!!


The Richard T. Gosser Scholarship Program is now accepting applications from the daughters and sons of UAW Region 2B Affiliated Local members who will graduate from high school in 2016.  These prestigious $10,000 awards are based on ACT scores, class rank, extra-curricular activites, letters of recommendation, personality traits and leadership abilities.   The ACT test is required. If the student has not previously taken the ACT, they should sign up to take the ACT test. Read more >>>

This is a sad day for our democracy. The United States House of Representatives turned their backs on the American people and voted to not do their job. Instead, they surrendered their constitutional authority to the executive branch for the next six years for all free trade agreements. This terrible “Fast Track” bill is designed to... Read more >>>

 June 2015 Union Meeting Time/Date Temporary Changes Read more >>>

UAW Region 2-B Director Ken Lortz is proud to announce that including the 2015 Gosser Scholarship recipients, over $2.2 million has been awarded to the talented high school students of UAW members since the scholarship began.  See inside for the complete letter from Director Lortz to the UAW memberhsip regarding this program.  Read more >>>

Check out the 2014 V-CAP Prize Winners- over $12,000 in cash and other prizes are awarded - see if you are on this list!    Read more >>>

Check out the latest message from Director Ken Lortz: make worker safety a priority in all our workplaces.  Read more >>>

Take two minutes and twenty seconds to watch Robert Reich take on Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  Read more >>>

The UAW strongly opposes Fast Track because historically, Fast Track has led to unfair trade practices that have left millions of American workers out of work.  Fast Track makes it easier for U.S. companies to move overseas where they can abuse workers and the environment.  Read more >>>

 In 2015, let's recommit to Dr. King's mission to secure the right to vote. Read more >>>

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 card check recognition of the UAW.     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.
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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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 >>>

 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.

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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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

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