Local 10 would like to wish all of it's members and their families a very Happy Thanksgiving!
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 !
Click on the picture below to get the 2015 UAW Vehicle Guide
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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