Retiree Spouses: We encourage all spouses to attend meetings with your GM Retiree. You gather important information at these meetings and sometimes two pairs of ears is better than one.
Spouse/Surviving Spouse Associate Member Status: Surviving spouses are encouraged to continue participating in retiree meetings and other retiree activities once the GM Retiree is no longer with us. The UAW makes special provisions for spouse or surviving spouse of a UAW retired member in good standing to become an Associate Member of the Local Retiree Chapter with the right to participate in activities to the extent specified in the Administrative Procedure.
To become an Associate Member of UAW Local 1112 you must fill out an Application for Associate Status Spouse/Surviving Spouse form. These forms are available at the union hall.
The UAW has a $2.00 per month voluntary dues for all retired members. In order for a surviving spouse who has filed for Associate Member status to be added to the See Here newspaper mailing list all Associate Members must pay the $24.00 per year ($2.00 per month) fee. You can do this thru check-off (automatically deducted from your surviving spouse pension check) or by paying cash to the Financial Secretary of the Local Union. Receiving the See Here in the mail will help you stay informed regarding meeting dates, benefits changes, etc.
Marriage/Re-marriage Provision: If you, the member, get remarried due to any circumstance, you must enroll your current spouse for survivorship for them to receive 65% of your basic pension. This must be done within 18 months of marriage but you can call anytime within the 1st year. Failure to enroll within the first 18 months of marriage disqualifies you from the surviving spouse benefit. To enroll your current spouse you can call 1-800-489-4646.
Retiree Change of Address: Retiree address changes should be done at the following three (3) locations:
- 1.Call Diane at the Union hall 330-538-2213 xt 102. This will change it for your See Here Newspaper and Solidarity Magazine.
- 2.Call the GM Benefits and Services Center at 1-800-489-4646. When prompted for a pin number hit “0” to be connected with a person and then ask for Pension. This will change where you receive information regarding your pension.
- 3.Call the Medical Benefits Trust at 1-866-637-7555. This will change where you receive medical information.
Don’t forget you should call all three (3) to change your address. If you travel south for the winter months, you must do this each time you change your address.
Next Meeting: We have adjourned our retiree meetings for the winter. Our next meeting will be held on Monday, March 4, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at Antone’s. Be careful out there this winter.
I would like to wish everyone a safe and prosperous New Year.