Tag: Retirees

UAW retirees lend a hand to local coal miners

Left: Miners with UAW retirees on the tracks. Retirees are: Lawrence Hamilton (red shirt, far left); Cliff Cantrell (far right); Pam Hamilton (in back with sign); Nolla Kelly (middle with sign). Right: UAW retirees delivered two truckloads of food to help the miners and their families in Harlem County, Kentucky. Nearly 600 coal miners have been locked out of their jobs since July when Blackjewel coal company abruptly filed for bankruptcy and shut down two coal mines in Kentucky. The workers were left without pay and facing an uncertain future. They had been camping out on the railroad tracks to ... Read more

Appeals court rules Honeywell workers have lifetime benefits for pre-1997 retirees

ORDERS TRIAL FOR THOSE WHO RETIRED AFTERWARD Several hundred retired UAW workers from the Stratford Army Engine Plant in Stratford, CT won a major victory in a decision issued by the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals in a ruling against Honeywell, Inc. The appeals court decision upheld injunctions issued by District Court Judge Vanessa Bryant in Kelly vs Honeywell that prevented the company from unilaterally terminating UAW negotiated medical insurance it agreed to provide for life to all future retirees and surviving spouses. In that ruling, the District Court ruled by summary judgment for anyone who retired under the ... Read more

Tell Congress Not to Take Health Care Coverage from Working Families

Virtually everything working people have gained to improve health and retirement security since the 1940s is now at risk, including Medicare, Medicaid, workplace health plans, the Affordable Care Act and Social Security. Republicans in Congress are rushing to approve legislation that effectively would end these programs without providing a replacement for the 30 million Americans who will become uninsured. Working People Shouldn’t Lose Health Care Coverage: Repealing the Affordable Care Act without any replacement would collapse the insurance market and strip coverage from 30 million Americans. Workplace Coverage Shouldn’t Be Gutted While the Wealthy Gain Tax Breaks: GOP proposals include ... Read more

Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch will weaken worker rights, favor corporate interests

  Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, has a long history of pushing an agenda that favors big corporations over working people. Would Weaken Worker Protections. Gorsuch opposes Supreme Court rulings that empower federal agencies to enforce worker protections. (Newsweek, 1/27/17) Fought to Give Corporations Greater Protections in Court. Gorsuch argued for courts to protect corporations from class-action lawsuits by individual consumers, even in cases of securities fraud. (Washington Legal Foundation, April 2005) Criticized Individuals Bringing Cases to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch criticized people who brought cases to the Supreme Court to protect their rights, calling it ... Read more

Massive Cuts to Medicare & Medicaid Ryan Health care Bill Puts Retirement At Risk

The Ryan Health Care Bill puts retirement at risk by making massive cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. Speaker Ryan and House Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and replace it with a bill that gives millions in tax breaks to the rich. They want to pay for those tax breaks by taxing your benefits and stealing Medicare and Medicaid funds. We need you to take action to stop this bill by calling your congressional representative at (866) 829-3298 and saying vote NO on Ryan’s health care plan. All Americans, including hardworking UAW members and ... Read more

UAW Honeywell Retirees at Greenville, Ohio, Plant Win Right to Keep Health Care Benefits

GREENVILLE, Ohio — UAW members who retired from Honeywell International Inc. before June 1, 2012 and their eligible spouses are entitled to the lifetime health care benefits the company agreed to in collective bargaining in 2003 and subsequent contracts, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. That means that instead of those benefits being terminated, as the company had planned to do at the end of February, the court issued a permanent injunction against the company doing so. “Plaintiffs have proven, by a preponderance of the evidence, that Honeywell agreed to provide lifetime healthcare benefits to its retirees at the Greenville, ... Read more

UAW Retiree Thomas Kelly wins Michigan Heritage Award

Michigan Heritage Award honors those who continue their family and community folk traditions with excellence and authenticity. UAW retiree Thomas Kelly says he sings in an a cappella gospel quartet because The Lord calls him to do so. At 102-years old, the former maintenance worker at Chrysler’s former Eldon Axle plant remains grateful for a long life that’s had a lot of blessings: his spirituality, family, a beautiful voice, and a UAW retirement that has allowed him the financial ability to continue to sing for four decades after he retired. Add another blessing to the list: Earlier this month, he ... Read more

Ruling keeps health care benefits intact for UAW retirees in Ohio

DETROIT –Retirees from a closed Moen International facility in Ohio will continue to receive their health care benefits, thanks to a group of Ken Lortz, UAW Region 2B Director retirees and the UAW who successfully convinced a federal judge that their contract was clear on the issue. U.S. District Judge James Gwin ruled on Tuesday that the collective bargaining agreements the UAW negotiated with Moen International and its predecessors, including an agreement negotiated in 2008 over the closing of the Elyria facility, were clear and granted summary judgment to the union and its retirees. Judge Gwin ruled that the retiree ... Read more