Here you will find up to date news, information regarding Retiree benefits, new Retirees, deceased members, Veteran's benefits, and more.
Brothers and Sisters,
At our next monthly Retiree meeting on Tuesday, July 19, we will be taking up a donation to assist victims of the recent flooding in West Virginia. Some of these victims have lost everything, including family members, and desperately need our help. Please be sure to attend the Retiree meeting, and please dig deep in your pockets to help. And remember, as long as we are not on the receiving end, then we are truly blessed.
Local 10 Retiree Billy Joe “BJ” Wall passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016. He was 87. Brother Wall retired from General Motors after 30 years of service where he was a proud member of Local 10. During his career he worked in the Paint Department. Memorial services will be held 7:00 pm Friday, June 17, 2016 at Lawson Funeral Home Chapel with military honors. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, located at 4532 Hwy 53, Hoschton, GA, 30548. For more information please call 706-654-0966.The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 until 9 pm at the Alvis Miller & Son Funeral Home.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Billy Joe "BJ" Wall.
Local 10 Retiree Jimmy S. Stegall of Rockmart passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2016 in an Atlanta hospital from complications of an ATV accident that occurred on August 15, 2015. Brother Stegall was 63. He had worked at both the General Motors Lakewood Assembly Plant and the Doraville Assembly Plant where he was a member of Local 34 and Local 10 when he worked at Doraville he was an Inspector in the Trim Department. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 17, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Alvis Miller & Son Funeral Home, located at 304 W Elm Street Rockmart Ga, 30153. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 until 9 pm at the Alvis Miller & Son Funeral Home. For more information please call 770-684-5437.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jimmy Stegall.
Local 10 Retiree Hoyt A. Puckett, age 88, of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, May 30, 2016. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home. Interment will be at Ivy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, 2500 Ivy Creek Rd, Buford, GA, 30519. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Flanigan Funeral Home. For more information please call (770) 932-1133.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Hoyt A. Puckett.
Local 10 Retiree Grady F. Stancel, age 87, of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, May 9, 2016. He was retired from General Motors Assembly Plant after thirty years of service in Doraville, GA and a member of the U.A.W. Local 10. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Mari Lane Brooks and Pastor Jeff Coleman officiating. Interment will be at Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford, GA with military honors. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. And on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. until time of service.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Grady F. Stancel.
Local 10 Retiree Joe Eddie Duke passed away Tuesday, May 3 2016. During his career at the Doraville Plant, Brother Duke worked in the Material department. Funeral services will be held Saturday May 21, 2016 at 2pm at l Park North Funeral Home Riverside Chapel, located at 98 Riverside Drive, Gainesville GA, 30506. For more information, please call (770) 297-6200.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Joe Eddie Duke.
Local 10 is sad to report the passing of Retiree Leon Johnson on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Funeral Services will be at 2:00 PM Thursday at Poplar Hill Baptist Church, located at 234 E Shadburn Ave., in Buford, Georgia. The family visitation and receiving of friends will be held at Poplar Hill Missionary Baptist Church on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 6:00PM-8:00PM. For more information call Gregory Levett Funeral Home at (678) 377-5200.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Leon Johnson.
Local 10 Retiree Jim Thomas Brown passed away Sunday April 24, 2016. During his time at the Doraville plant, Brother Brown worked in Skilled Trade as an electrician. Visitation will be held Friday, April 29, 2016 from 4pm-8pm at A.E. Carter Funeral Home, located at 1670 Atlanta Hwy in Madison Georgia. No funeral services will be held. For more information, please call (706) 752-1790.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jim Thomas Brown.
Local 10 Retiree Billy Sullivan passed away Thursday April 14, 2016. During his career at the Doraville plant, Brother Sullivan worked in the Housekeeping department. He retired in March 1993. Visitation will be held all day on Friday, April 22, at Gregory Levett Funeral Home, located at 4347 Flat Shoals Rd in Decatur GA. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 23, at 12pm, at Flat Rock Community Church, located at 4542 Evans Mill Rd in Lithonia GA.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Billy Sullivan.
Local 10 Retiree James Harvey passed away on April 15, 2016. During his career, Brother Harvey worked on the frame line in the Chassis Department. Visitation is Monday from 5pm to 8pm at Smith Funeral home in Winder. Funeral will be Tuesday at eleven from Bethlehem church on Hwy 11.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of James Harvey.
Local 10 Retiree Bobby Penland, passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Flanigan Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. until time of service. For more information, please call (770) 932-1133.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Bobby Penland.
Local 10 Retiree Larry Knighton passed away Monday April 4, 2016. Brother Knighton started his career at Local 34, and during his career at the Doraville plant, he worked in Trim and the Body Shop. He retired in 1999. Viewing will be held Friday April 8, from 10am-8pm at Gregory Levett and Son Funeral Home, located on Flat Shoals Road in Decatur. Funeral services will be held Saturday April 9, at 1pm at The Covenant Baptist Church in Decatur. For more information, please call Gregory Levett Funeral Home at (404) 241-5656.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Larry Knighton.
Local 10 is sad to report the passing of Jackie Rainey on Friday, April 1, 2016. Mrs. Rainey was the widow of longtime Shop Chairman James Rainey. The body will be cremated, and no funeral services will be held.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jackie Rainey.
Local 10 Retiree Michael Harold Wiley passed away Sunday March 20, 2016. Brother Wiley is the son of Retiree George Harold Wiley. During his career at the Doraville plant, Brother Wiley worked in the Material department, and also served on the Bargaining Committee in the mid 1990’s. Visitation will be held Monday, March 21, 2016 from 2pm-4pm, and again from 6pm-8pm, at Memorial Park, located at 2030 Memorial Park Road in Gainesville, Georgia. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 22 at 2pm at the Chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home. For more information, please call 770-287-8227.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Michael Harold Wiley.
Local 10 Retiree William Glenn Naylor passed away Wednesday, March 9 2016. During his career at the Doraville plant, Brother Naylor worked in the Housekeeping department. Funeral services will be held March 16, at 11 am at St. Paul of the Cross, Atlanta. Andrews Chennault Funeral Home, located at 116 Joseph Lowery Blvd in Atlanta, Georgia, is in charge of arrangements. For more information, please call (404) 522-7735.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of William Glenn Naylor.
Local 10 is sad to report the passing of Mrs. Eunice Piper McCart, age 93 of Jackson, Georgia on March 12, 2016. Mrs. McCart is the mother of Local 10 Retiree Stacy McCart, and the wife of Local 34 Retiree W.A. "Rosie" McCart. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm from the Chapel of Haisten Funeral Home in McDonough Georgia. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park. Friends may visit the family Monday from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Contributions are asked to be made to Longleaf Hospice in memory of Mrs. McCart. For more information, please call 770-914-8833.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Eunice Piper McCart.
ATTENTION LOCAL 10 MEMBERS-If you get a letter from Sterling Insurance Group offering an employee/retiree discount, please be aware that neither the UAW or Local 10 is affiliated with Sterling Insurance Group in any way!! We currently do not know how they are using the UAW logo on their letterhead without permission, but please be advised that they are not endorsed by Local 10 or the UAW.
Special thanks to UAW Region 8 Benefits Rep Debbie Garcia for this update:
UAW and General Motors have ratified their contract agreement through 2019. Details of the ratification can be read here.
Local 10 would like to recognize our own Retiree and World War II Veteran Ernest Jett, who was recently featured in the following Atlanta Journal-Constitution article:
World War II soldier finally gets his due
By Peter Scott For the AJC,
For years, Earnest Felton Jett Sr. has told anyone who would listen about his military encounters during World War II.Youngsters would stand rapt and respectful, hanging onto every word the nonagenarian spoke.“Champ,” he often began, and somewhere during his storytelling, he would work in his perfect salute.Meanwhile, the adults were more curious about the merits of the Doraville soldier’s exploits . All that changed last month during Jett’s 91st birthday celebration at the Greater Mt. Carmel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Army Brigadier Gen. Richard Dix came home to personally validate everything Jett has been saying. He not only highlighted Jett’s tours of duty, but outlined the service by World War II African-American soldiers that often gets overlooked. This week, U.S. veterans like Jett are being recognized nationwide for their military service.But on this October day, Jett was receiving some exclusive attention for his military contributions. Dix presented Jett with a shadow box filled with medals and badges the veteran earned over 70 years ago that the Army had never presented to him. Among the medals and badges encased inside the shadow box, which now sits on Jett’s polished dining room table for all to see, are two medals for courage and valor from the government of France, and a World War II Victory Medal .
“I am proud to recognize one of the men who trail blazed the way for those of us who came behind,” Dix said. “It is not every day you can shake the hand of a man that served our country during World War II.”
Pvt. Jett was wounded in battle and still has shrapnel in his left leg below the knee. However, poor documentation by Army officials resulted in him missing out on a Purple Heart, according to Army Lt. Col. Tamara Mc-Clendon. She initiated the research for the medals after her mother, Paulette McClendon, introduced her to Jett. “He is a living legend and has endured some arduous times,” Tamara Mc-Clendon said during the celebration.
Doraville had already taken note, and Mayor Donna Pittman presented Jett with a proclamation declaring Oct. 6, 2015, Earnest Felton Jett Sr. Day in Doraville.Earnest F. Jett Jr. and a few other family members were there to witness the long-deserved honor. Jett’s wife, Fannie Mae, of nearly 70 years, died earlier this year on Father’s Day.“I want to thank all of you for coming out and seeing this old man feel young again,” the senior Jett said. “God bless America,” he added, and followed it with a salute.
Jett was drafted into the Army on March 11, 1943, at age 18 at the Army base at Fort Benning, Ga. He was assigned to the 4043rd Quartermaster Truck Company, 66th Infantry Division, nicknamed “the Black Panthers.” He served in Europe three years, most of the time within a mile of the front lines. He drove through storms and unfriendly terrain from France to within miles of Berlin, and transported German prisoners of war from the border of Czechoslovakia back to France.
At 91, Jett is still a citizen policeman for the Doraville Police Department, and he has been recognized for his volunteer work with United Way. He likes bowling and says he had 170 scores a while back, but declares his best scores were 200 to 300 in the 1960s. “I was a bartender and shoeshine boy at the United States Naval Air Station (now Peachtree DeKalb Airport) when I was 13 years old. I shined the shoes of two naval admirals, Gaines and Chester. I looked up to them, respected them, and that’s what made me want to join the service,” the war veteran said.Both the 66th and the 67th infantry divisions were all-black, Jett recalled. “The difference was, we were light infantry and had the 30-caliber guns, and they were heavy infantry and had the 50-caliber guns and bazookas,” he explained.Jett noted that his unit was involved in an effort like that in “Saving Private Ryan,” as part of the nation’s quest to keep one male member of a family alive after all of his brothers were killed in war. He said his cadre of drivers provided the transportation to troops who rescued the soldier based on Ryan’s character.“We couldn’t drive during the day. I remember driving at night with no lights. When we had a unit that had to get somewhere, that’s what we did. In the end, the captains got all the medals, and we got nothing,” Jett said.
In one encounter, Jett said, “We were pinned down in the snow. When we went in to get our soldiers, there were 300 in there, with the 101st, but we found far less than that alive, maybe a hundred. Some were just frozen,” recalled Jett.Although Jett was injured during the war by an enemy’s bullet, shrapnel or some other projectile, McClendon said the injury was not properly documented. Jett said the medical military personnel rushed him through without doing a thorough examination of metal in his leg and the wound was treated by applying Vaseline.“... (This) ceremony.... gives us an opportunity to show how the scales of equality are slowly recalibrating how the once disrespectful nature is replaced with dignity and respect campaigns,” Mc-Clendon said.
Local 10 has received word from Zane Payne that there will be no changes to benefits, or out of pocket expenses for the Retirees benefits in 2016. We would like to thank Zane for this most important update
I am not a benefits rep, but I have received many calls from our members who are somewhat confused about our dental and vision plan. At the first of the year we got our coverage back. Many had kept their coverage through COBRA and was paying monthly premiums. Now it is up to you if you want to keep them both. But many of our Retirees don't know that they are paying for something they may not need. If you have any questions on the above we have benefits reps that are at the IBEW drop in center on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week. The phone number is (404) 688-9225. Talk it up with Retirees you know that may not have access to the internet or Facebook. Debbie is available at the UAW office Monday-Friday, (770) 457-3128.
Local 10 Retiree’s has a new meeting location and our new location is at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. The address is 182 Hunter Street Norcross GA 30071. It is a great facility and we will still be having our lunch afterwards. Hopewell Baptist is between Buford Highway and Peachtree Industrial Blvd off Jimmy Carter. You will turn on West Peachtree Street off Jimmy Carter and proceed approximately 1/2 mile (you will go through 1 stop sign) until you get to Autry Street, turn left, go about.02 of a mile and you will be at the Church parking lot at the rear of the Church. Our meeting room is Faith Hall .We have secured this meeting space for the remainder of the year. Remember we meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 10:30 and lunch is served afterwards. We are trying to make our meeting as productive as possible our plans are to have presentations from various Health Care Advocate groups. Our March meeting we will have a diabetes presentation from the Diabetes Association of Atlanta there will be a free screening for diabetes . As we do each month we will have our Health Care Providers on hand and benefit representatives to help you with any issues you may be having.
2015 Meeting Dates: February 17th July 21
March 17th August 18th
April 21st September 15th
May 19th October 20th
June 16th November 17th
Thanks for you do to make our Retiree Chapter Work it’s a great place to catch up with friends and stay up to date on issues that affect our daily lives.
See You at the meeting!
CHAIRMAN: JIMMY HYDE VICE CHAIRMAN: TOMMY HILL RECORDING SECRETARY: CLYDE JOHNSON FINANCIAL SECRETARY: LARRY MILLEVILLE SGT-AT-ARMS: HI-C GLENN
The UAW Medical Benefits Trust announced that effective January 1, 2015 “The Trust” will provide Dental and Vision coverage to eligible GM and Chrysler Retirees; Surviving Spouses and their eligible dependents.
The covered benefits will be comparable to those provided by the companies prior to the 2009 bankruptcies.
Details will be provided to eligible Retirees this Fall.
If you are paying premiums for COBRA coverage, you should NOT cancel at this time, as the new coverage will NOT BE EFFECTIVE UNTIL……January1, 2015.
The Trust will notify you of this change by letter very soon. PLEASE Read It .
If it says…UAW Medical Benefits Trust …... Read It !
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Dear Brother and Sister Retirees,
If any of you have any changes in your life, such as a death of a spouse, change of address, remove or add a dependent, or change your healthcare plan, you must contact our healthcare provider (Hewitt) so that they can update their system. Hewitt is the provider for our Veba Trust Fund account. the number is 1-(866)-637-7555. Their hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm. You will also need to contact the GM Benefit Center so your pensions won't get messed up. That number is 1-(800)-489-4646 (Fidelity).
We have mentioned this at the retiree meetings numerous times, but if you are not sure who your beneficiary is please contact Fidelity and request a new beneficiary form. Fill the form out and mail it back. The new form will replace your old one with the correct person that you designate as the person you want to leave your life insurance to. If you have a computer you can also update you beneficiary form online.
This message from Debbie Garcia:
If anyone needs to verify employment, they can contact the Benefit Service Center at 1-(800)-489-4646. We the UAW cannot verify employment. Please call the number and ask for Other Programs. This will get you to employment verification.
Kathy Fowler-President Clarence Towns-Vice President Sherri Phillips-Recording Secretary Claude Willis III-Financial Secretary Sharon Patterson Glenn-Trustee Jane "Kae" Kelly-Trustee Bob Humphery-Trustee Kenny Bradford-Guide Waymond Harris-Seargant At Arms
CHAIRMAN: JIMMY HYDE VICE CHAIRMAN: TOMMY HILL RECORDING SECRETARY: CLYDE JOHNSON FINANCIAL SECRETARY: LARRY MILLEVILLE SGT-AT-ARMS: HI-C GLENN VETERANS COMMITTEE: ROBERT HUMPHERY