Statewide Chapter

RETIREE CORNER

Caroline Ross, Chair, UAW Local 6000 Statewide Retired Workers

Hello Retirees,
As Public employees, our job was to interact with the public and deal with frequent, hard deadlines. Sometimes, that was the factor that caused our jobs to be stressful. But, remember that life after retirement can be anything that you want it to be. You have the freedom to chart your own path. Embrace life with energy, creativity and passion. Don’t let yourself get bored! Stay active with your families, communities, church and your Union!

Many of our Local 6000 retirees have actively supported our UAW Sisters and Brothers who were on strike, either with food, money, gift cards and by walking with them on the line. The Strikers were standing for fairness and justice for all workers and retirees! Together, We Can Make a Difference!


UAW Local 6000 and other unions representing Michigan’s state workers have come to a tentative agreement with the Office of the State Employer over wages and health insurance through 2021. The tentative agreements call for staggered wage increases that will total 6% through the end of workers’ three-year contract, The Civil Service Commission will vote on the final agreements at its Dec. 11th meeting.

Our annual joint meeting was held on October 17, 2019 at UAW Local 699, Saginaw MI. I wish to thank Tom Hurst, President of UAW Local 699 and 699 members for their hospitality and hosting our meeting. We would like to express our appreciation for our guest speakers who traveled a great distance for this meeting. UAW Local 6000 Officers, President – Ed Mitchell, Vice President- Kelly Barnett, Treasurer- Miya Williamson, Recording Secretary-Charlene Yarbrough, and Benefits Representatives-Nicole Jones and Mike McWhirter; Region I-D Retiree Liaison-Shane Dawes, Region 1-D CAP Representative- Tina Sarazin and Region 1-A Education/Retiree International Representative- TJ Gomez. Thank you for your interesting and inspiring presentations for and about retiree programs. We appreciate your continued support and assistance.

Retirees should have received a $25.00 annual increase in your October pension check.

There are some important changes on the horizon in our benefits. You should have received the 2019-2010 Retiree Benefits Bulletin. The bulletin explains the Benefit Enhancements that took effect on October 1. As of October 1, 2019, the eyeglass frame allowance increased from $100 to $150 and the Telemedicine copay was reduced from $20 to $10. Also, on October 1, BCBSM replaced Magellan Health as the State Health Plan PPO Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse carrier. Retirees recently received new BCBS ID cards that reflects these changes.

Additional Informational meetings are being planned throughout the state so all Medicare-eligible retirees can attend and receive information about Medicare Advantage Part C, which includes original Medicare Parts A and B and, most importantly, ask questions about the Medicare Advantage plan that will take effect January 1, 2020. The initial schedule is printed in the 2019-2020 Retiree Benefits Bulletin. Not all areas in the state had ace Some areas did not have meetings sch encourage you to attend a meeting in your area. Blue Cross has been contacting some retirees to answer any questions.

The Social Security Administration issued its official COLA announcement for 2020 on Oct. 10. Eligible recipients can expect to get a benefit boost of about 1.6% in 2020. The 1.6% increased amount, obviously depends on the amount of your Social Security benefit. But for the average recipient of retirement benefits who is receiving $1,427 per month from Social Security, the 1.6% boost will add $23. The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B has not been announced, but is projected to hit $144.30, an increase of $8.80 in 2020. The maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $137,700.

Although many of our members are politically involved, next year elections are crucial. We need all retirees to be involved in legislative and political activities! Social Security seems to be the main target for this administration. We need to stand together and fight to protect our retirement benefits.

Second Notice: Elections for Vacancy Office (Guide) of the UAW Local 6000 Statewide Retired Workers Chapter will be held at the January 16. 2020 meeting at 3350 N. Grand River, Lansing, MI. 48901-7920 If you are interested in being a candidate for the following position please be present at the meeting. All retirees who are members in good standing may run for office. The office term is for 3 years, beginning June 2019 and ends June 2022. You must be present to be a candidate and to vote.

Second Notice: Elections for Vacancy Officers (Recording Secretary) of the UAW Local 6000 Saginaw Retired Workers Sub- Chapter. An election for this vacancy will be held at the December 2019 meeting, date and venue to be determined. If you are interested in being a candidate for the following position please be present at the meeting. All retirees who are members in good standing may run for office. The office term is for 3 years, beginning June 2019 and ends June 2022. You must be present to be a candidate and to vote.

First Notice: Elections for Election Committees for Statewide and Saginaw Subchapters An election for this vacancy will be held at the December 2019 meeting, date and venue to be determined. If you are interested in being a candidate for the following position please be present at the meeting. All retirees who are members in good standing may run for office. The office term is for 3 years, beginning June 2019 and ends June 2022. You must be present to be a candidate and to vote.

First Notice: Elections for Vacancy Officers (Financial Secretary) of the UAW Local 6000 Saginaw Retired Workers Sub- Chapter. An election for this vacancy will be held at the January, 2020 meeting, date and venue to be determined. If you are interested in being a candidate for the following position please be present at the meeting. All retirees who are members in good standing may run for office. The office term is for 3 years, beginning June 2019 and ends June 2022. You must be present to be a candidate and to vote.

Please bring a friend (or friends) and join us for our meetings!!

Please contact the Office of State Employer (OSE) with any changes in your status, especially your current address. Whenever bulk mailings are done from Local 6000, the address list from OSE is used. If your address is not current you may be missing important notification. Call OSE with any changes, do not miss any future notifications. (517) 373-7400

You are invited to attend any or all of the UAW Local 6000 Chapter and Sub-Chapter Retired Worker meetings. The invitation also includes any or all of Region 1-D Regional Retired Worker meetings.

GET INVOLVED!! JOIN THE UAW LOCAL 6000 RETIRED WORKERS CHAPTERS!!