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‘Non-Union Union’ at Volkswagen Plant Loses Certification

A group billing itself as an alternative to the United Auto Workers union at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee has failed to meet minimum enrollment standards under the German automaker’s internal labor policy.

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When local UAW members want to know what’s happening in their local and what the issues are that bring them together – like who the best candidate for workers is in the upcoming election – there’s no one they trust more than their union local. The UAW members who make that communication happen work tirelessly, usually on their own time, to bring it to their union sisters and brothers. Using all the platforms available to them such as social media, photography, video, publications, websites, email, texting and more, the UAW-Local Union Communications Association (LUCA) on Aug. 25 honored those hardworking communicators for a job well done over the past year. Read more >>>

September 12, 2016
Retiree Meeting
Local 2195
Tanner, AL

  Honoring All Workers on Labor Day

Once again we prepare for the Labor Day weekend. Picnics, cookouts, and football help to celebrate the last hurray of summer. Over the course of time, the real reason for Labor Day has been lost to recreational pursuits, but we should always remember that Labor Day is the one day of the year set aside to recognize America’s workers. After all, it is America’s workers that built this great nation- not the robber barons and vulture capitalists on Wall Street.

MARION, Ind. — General Motors is investing $90.9 million in its Marion Metal Center plant to enhance the facility’s process capability and flexibility.

“This investment in stamping dies and equipment will align Marion Metal Center with GM’s future stamping strategy,” said Dan Hermer, GM North America Manufacturing manager. “This will enable our team to continue delivering quality to our stamping customers throughout North America.”

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 The BCBSM Mobile App Has Arrived!
By downloading the app, members can manage their Blue Cross or Blue Care Network Coverage on the move.

 Benefit Changes for 2017
This is the new benefits changes for 2017:

More than 50 Flint elementary school students will learn and grow in a loving environment this summer at a new Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School sponsored by the Cynthia Estrada Charity Fund. The Freedom School will be administered by Bethel United Methodist Church – Flint, the only historically African-American church in the city. Read more >>>

Full Video: UAW president Dennis Williams hosts media roundtable

“Today is a great day for millions of hardworking Americans and working families because they are finally going to be rightfully paid for working overtime. I commend President Obama and Labor Secretary Perez for their leadership in adopting this commonsense rule that will raise the incomes of more than 4 million working people. The previous outdated overtime rules contained loopholes that many employers used for decades to exploit workers and deny them their earned pay. Read more >>>

 Retiree Meeting
May 9, 2016
11:00 am

Local 2195 Retiree Union Hall

 Workers Memorial Day 2016: Dedicating Ourselves Anew

By UAW Region 8 Webmaster John Davis

On April 28, 2016, Workers Memorial Day will once again be observed. This day has been set aside to remember workers who died on the job since 1970. The AFL-CIO organized the event after the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970. Each year on April 28, labor pauses to remember those who died on the job in the past year.

  RETIREE MEETING
APRIL 11, 2016
11:00 A.M.
Local 2195 UAW, retire hall
Tanner, al

  Retiree Meeting
February 8, 2016
11:00 am
Local 2195 Retiree Union Hall
Sandy Lane, Tanner, AL

  January 12, 2016
Remembering Dr. King 2016: The Silence of Our Friends

Once again we find ourselves on the verge of the recognition of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., being a good time to reflect on the impact Dr. King had on shaping our society. Few people in the history of our country have had such an impact, particularly with the peaceful methods he used.

  RETIREE MEETING
Monday January 11, 2016
11:00 am
Local 2195 Union Hall
20564 Sandy RD, Tanner, AL 35671
256-353-7893

 Thanksgiving Message from UAW Region 8 Director Ray Curry

Thanksgiving Day is right around the corner - a time of reflection and taking stock in the blessings in our lives. With the events of the past few days, it is easy to get depressed with the terrorist attacks in Paris. Our sense of security is shaken every time one of these attacks occurs and rightly so. It is important to remember that with all the problems we have, the United States is still the greatest nation on Earth.

Retiree Meeting
November 9 at 11:00 am
at the Union Hall Local 2195.

 Why Can’t Every Day Be Like Labor Day

It is the first Monday in September. You slip out of bed while the family sleeps in. You reach in the closet and grab your “Union First Shirt” and your local union cap. Driving to the union hall you notice a nip in the air as Fall lies just around the corner.

Pulling into the parking lot at the union hall you jump out and start helping with the last minute decorating of the Labor Day Parade float. The parade begins and you walk alongside the float waving at the sparse crowd. Later standing in the crowd, you clap as the last Democrat in your state legislature gives a speech about the importance of raising the minimum wage. Heading back home, you switch shirts, grab your “born to grill” apron and spend the rest of the day stuffing yourself on ribs and potato salad. The plight of the poor bothers you as you watch football on your big screen TV and head off to bed.

  August 28, 2015
Local 2195 Retiree Members:
I trust that everyone receiving this info has enjoyed their summer. As most are aware our last Retiree meeting was in June and our regular meetings will start back on September 14 at our regular starting time 11:00 am.

 June Retiree Meeting

Monday June. 08, 2015

11:00AM-1:00PM

Local 2195 Hall

 

 Food Stamps & Steak and Seafood: Fact from Fiction

By John Davis Local 2195 Webmaster and LUCA Advisory Council Chair

In February, Missouri State Rep. Rick Brattin introduced a bill to prohibit Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients from using their benefits to buy "cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood, or steak." Brattin’s bill seems unlikely to go anywhere, but the conservative media outlets are having a field day using the idea to demonize citizens unlucky enough to qualify for food stamps.

Remembering Selma Fifty Years Later
By UAW Region 8 Webmaster and LUCA Advisory Council Chair John Davis

On March 7 and 8, 2015, thousands of people descended upon Selma, Alabama to observe the 50th anniversary of an important event from the Civil Rights movement that has become known as “Bloody Sunday.” The event was marked with politicians, Civil Rights leaders, celebrities and activist coming together to remember the event from half a century ago. News networks from around the world attended the event with recounts of the day’s events being featured on TV, print and internet around the globe. However, fifty years ago the actual event was much different.

 50th Anniversary of the Selma March Planned for March 07, 2015

  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2015
“The Content of Character”

 Dear Santa,

It is me- yeah I know I haven’t written in a while. As a matter of fact, I haven’t written to you in about fifty years. However, this year, Santa, I want something special, so I thought I would write you. This year Santa, I would you to bring my country a conscience.

2014 Midterm Elections: It Is All About Social Security
By UAW Region 8 Webmaster John Davis
October 3, 2014


2014 midterm elections are looming large on the horizon. The midterms are always a difficult cycle to get a true grasp on America’s concerns due to lower voter turnout in the absence of a presidential election. However, we often lose sight of the fact that the House and Senate actually pass the laws that affect us day to day. Since the Supreme Court decided that corporations are people in 2010, money funneled from the wealthy have impacted our elections by flooding the airwaves with ads designed to muddy the issues around candidates and confuse America’s voters into voting for candidates whose agenda is to promote the wealthy.

Deceased Member List

Once again we prepare for the Labor Day weekend. Picnics, cookouts, and football help to celebrate the last hurray of summer. Over the course of time, the real reason for Labor Day has been lost to recreational pursuits, but we should always remember that Labor Day is the one day of the year set aside to recognize America’s workers. After all, it is America’s workers that built this great nation- not the robber barons and vulture capitalists on Wall Street.

Day two of the 36th Constitutional Convention began at 9:00 AM on Tuesday June 3, 2014. The first speaker of the day was Heather McGhee President of Demos. Demos is a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy.

Delegates to the 36th Constitutional Convention were greeted with balloons and banners as this day is reserved for electing your International Executive Board. This includes the President, Secretary Treasurer, Vice-Presidents and Region Directors. This day the delegates will elect the leadership to serve this membership over the next four years.

Delegates At The 36th UAW Constitutional Convention Approved

The 36th UAW Constitutional Convention kicked off at 10:00 AM on June 2, 2014 at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan. The Convention began with presentation of the colors, pledge allegiance to the flag and the invocation. The International Executive Board was introduced and the retired members of the IEB were recognized.

The 36th UAW Constitutional Convention is being held in Detroit, Michigan June 2-5, 2014. Every four years UAW locals across the country elect and send delegates to this Constitutional Convention to debate and vote on resolutions to the UAW Constitution and elect the International Executive Board. The UAW is truly a democratic organization, providing the membership the final say in how things are done.

UAW Local 2195 member Shirley Parker is in Parkway Hospital in Decatur. (posted February 01, 2014)

New Region 8 GM Benefit Representative Named Region 8 has a benefit representative on staff for GM retirees. We have thousands of GM retirees in the region with no local benefit representative so the region appointed a staff person out of the Georgia office to serve in that capacity. Originally staff person Skipper Rish handled the job, but Skipper recently retired. His replacement is Debbie Garcia and her telephone number is 866-854-9756. Her email is debra.garcia@gm.com.

On January 20, 2014 the country will pause to celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was a man of humanity, a man of conviction, a man of peace, a man of the poor, a man of the inflicted, a man of vision and foremost a man of God.

January Retiree Meeting

It’s A Soldier’s Life

November Retiree Meeting

Retired Region 8 Director Bobby Lee Thompson Passes Retired Region 8 Director Bobby Lee Thompson passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at his home after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Originally from Westminster, Maryland, Director Thompson was 76 years old. He passed peacefully, surrounded by his wife and children.

Labor Day 2013 – Remembering Our History Labor Day again is upon us and the last hooray of summer. However, it would benefit us all to spend the day contemplating the heroes of the labor movement and the struggles they endured in the plight of working families.

England and Mardis Obit

Notice of Cancellation 6-22-2013 the yard sale scheduled at the Union Hall this Saturday has been canceled. Not enough interest for the time involved. Yours In Solidarity Gary (Lamb-Chop) Sutton

Retiree Meeting June 10, 2013 11:00 am Local 2195 Retiree Hall Tanner, AL

Understanding the IRS Scandal – Distractions from the Truth

Worker Memorial Day 2013 UAW Members Killed On The Job In 2012 Were:

Retiree Meeting: Date: Monday, April 8 Time: 11:00 am Where: Local 2195 Retiree Hall, Tanner, Al We will also have our regular clean-up on Thursday April 4, weather permitting we will do some clean up inside and out. We normally start at 9:00 am. Come enjoy the fellowship and be part of helping our retiree chapter keep our Union Hall. In Solidarity, Chuck

2009-2013 Deceased Member List

Retiree Membership Meeting: Monday February 11
Place: Local 2195 UAW Retiree Hall, Tanner, AL
Time: 11:00 A. M.

Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. 2013
by John T. Davis Region 8 Webmaster and LUPA Advisory Council Chair

When I think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - greatest comes to mind. But then what does it mean to be great? What places a person in that category? Maybe standing in the face of adversity to do the right thing? Or having the courage to stand up for the right thing when the public turns against you? Could it be defending the weak and offering a hand up rather than a push down? Finally- having the fortitude to forgive rather than retaliate when you have been wronged?

Retiree Meeting

Meeting: Monday January 14, 2003
Time: 11:00 am
Place: Local 2195 Retiree Union Hall, Tanner, AL

There are suppose to be some visitors from the Medicare Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO program.

December 10, 2012
2012 Christmas Message from Region 8 Director Gary Casteel
2012 has indeed been a busy year in Region 8. Reflecting on the year seems natural as we reach the close- it reminds us of where we are and where we have been.

RETIREE MEETING: MONDAY DECEMBER 10
TIME: 11:00 am
PLACE: LOCAL 2195 RETIREE HALL, TANNER, AL
 

Meeting: Sunday, November 4th at 2:30 PM
Place: Local 2195 Retiree Union Hall

We are having a special meeting Sunday at 2:30 PM.

Purpose of meeting is to discuss the up coming election and the amendments that are being voted on.

There are more to the Amendments than what is being reported.

You are welcome to bring a friend or invited other Union Members to the meeting.

Chuck
 

Two issues keep coming up:

Several retirees received two checks in the mail. These checks were for the stated reason that during Contract Negotiations employees that received an up front signing bonus for 1996, 1999, 2000 and/or 2003 were required to pay F.I.C.A. and Medicare taxes therefore there was a settlement made between General Motors/Delphi and the Federal Government that these bonuses were not "wages". If you received a check we suggest you cash and enjoy,

Most will be receiving a check from Delphi and or GM concerning a settlement over contract signing bonuses. GM and Ford sued the federal government over the taxes on those signing bonuses and won. This is for real - do not throw it away. Checks must be cashed November 13, 2012.

UAW President Bob King to Address DNC
Wednesday, September 05, 2012

UAW President Bob King will address the 2012 Democratic National Convention tonight (Wednesday, September 05, 2012) around the 9:00 PM time frame. President King will discuss the issues facing America’s working families and detail the bridge loans that kept over 1.4 million people working in the automotive sector.
 

UAW Medical trust will be mailing out letters starting in September about changes for 2013. All retirees will be getting these letters. In addition you will be receiving a letter from also Scripps Drugs, who recently bought out Medco and will be the new prescription drug provider.

August 21, 2012
Labor Day 2012: Remembering the Pullman Strike and the Dangers of Today
by UAW LUPA Advisory Council Chair John Davis
Since 1894 the first Monday in September has been celebrated as Labor Day – a day to recognize the contributions of workers to building this great nation. Through the years the day has reminded America of the sacrifices workers have made to build this nation.

I trust everyone has had an enjoyable Summer. We have not received any notifications of members that have passed away in the last couple of months. That is good news or we are lacking in our communication.
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Mitt Romney- Just Like You and Me?
by John Davis LUPA Advisory Council Chair
For the past four years the conservative media has hammered President Obama constantly, saying he is “out of touch” and “not like us.” Right wing bloggers have repeated the Kenya Prophecy nonsense.
Now they are hard at work trying to convince us that “Mitt Romney is just like you and me.” They would have us believe that Romney is a self made man, who has used the “American Way” to become a successful business man. But just how much do middle class Americans have with Mitt Romney? Actually very little if you look at who Romney really is. Read more >>>

June 11, is our next schedule Retiree Meeting and as most of you know it will be our last meeting until our Fish-Fry in September. No meetings July and August.

Mitt Romney’s 15% Tax Issue
By Local 2195 Webmaster and LUPA Advisory Council Chair John Davis
In the South Carolina Republican Primary, candidate Newt Gingrich hammered Mitt Romney with ads paid for by a Las Vegas casino owner. He hit Romney over and over concerning his tax rate and his income tax returns. Of course Newt Gingrich crying foul to anyone is laughable.
 

King Holiday 2012: Dreaming of a World That Wasn’t Robbed of Dr. King

Retiree Meeting

January 05, 2012
GM Retiree Vision and Dental Update
 

Return of Preventative Dental Coverage

Occupy Wall Street: An Economic History Lesson

According to information recently released from the VEBA Trust, there are plans to restore partial dental and vision benefits next year.

September Fish Fry

Labor Day- by John Davis

FLu Shot Info

Message from UAW Region 8 GM-Delphu Retiree Benefit Representative

New Hippa Forms Require Premission Form

The Debt Ceiling: Protecting Subsidies of the Wealthy

UAW Local 2195 Website Takes Honors at the 2011 LUPA Awards

Local Memorial List of deceased members.

Of Budgets, Taxes and Deficits (Oh My)
by LUPA Advisory Council Chair John Davis
These days the media is filled with talk of the deficit and ways to correct the problem. The deficit is and should be a concern to all Americans. However, the conservatives have been hawking the evils of the deficit and pointing fingers and screaming cuts. However it is important to understand the real cause behind the deficit. To understand the issue fully, we need to go back to where the issue began.

Report From Retiree Chair Chuck McDonald

Roger Cole Obit

Local 2195 Photos

Picnic Photos Through The Years

Remembering Dr. King

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