Benefits – Frank Bills


The Attached Guide provides an overview of the optional insurance plans payment process for an active employee who is no longer actively at work (due to layoff or leave of Absence).

Optional Guide

The Spouse Re-Verification deadline has been extended through
July 12th 2019. There are no plans
to extend the deadline any further.

Members are encourage to submit any documents that have both names on the same account (dated within 6 months). This can be a bank statement, tax or mortgage bill or auto insurance. The key is that both names must be on the same document.


Beginning May 2, 2019, Beneficiary assignments will be handled at Merrill Lynch. All UAWSP beneficiary functionality will be turned off at Benefit Connect as of that date for the UAWSP (401(k)) only. All existing beneficiaries will be directly converted from Benefit Connect to Merrill Lynch.

This new Merrill Lynch service will enable participants direct access to their UAWSP beneficiary via Merrill Lynch. This will be seen by the participant every time they log into their UAWSP account via the web or mobile. Participants quarterly Merrill Lynch statements will also list their existing beneficiary on file for the UAWSP or indicate if there is NOT one set up.

This should greatly reduce the number of participants who do not set up a beneficiary for their UAWSP account.

To All Retirees of UAW Local 1435 enrolled with Aetna Medicare Advantage Health Plan.
Promedica dispute with Aetna is over.
Promedica announced that Aetna Medicare Advantage Members no longer have to worry about losing coverage for services provided by Promedica Physicians in 2019 and beyond.

Benefit Representative

Frank Bills

Davis Vision is now part of Versant Health. This will not change or impact vision benefits, but the logo will be updated later this year. Here are some answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

1.Will there be changes to our provider network? No

2.Are pricing or billing procedures changing? No

3.Will our group number stay the same? Yes

4.Will there be changes to the website for Davis Vision? The web address remains

5.Will the telephone and fax numbers be changing? The telephone and fax numbers will remain the same along with mailing addresses.

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Labor Studies

Latino/a Worker Leadership Institute 

The Latina/o Workers Leadership Institute invites all workers, union or non-union, and activists from allied organizations to share ideas and grow skills for responding to the challenges facing working persons. We welcome participants from all genders and all cultural or ethnic backgrounds.
Brochure is available here

October 3-5, 2019
All Are Welcome!

UM-D Fairlane Center North Building,
19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn, MI, 48126

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2019 Fall Leadership Institute
November 14-16

The Fall Leadership Institute is open to all workers, union or non-union members, and leaders from a variety of organizations to learn together about new ideas, strategies and skills to meet the needs and challenges facing workers in our ever-changing workplaces. We welcome participants from all genders and all cultural or ethnic backgrounds.

Download the registration form here


1.    STEWARD & COMMITTEE PERSONS’ TRAINING A workshop designed for front-line representatives and activists. Basic skills, such as writing grievances, holding hearings, and winning justice for our members.

2.   LOCAL UNION ADMINISTRATION How to lead a local union, including elections, finances, committees, meetings and rules of the road. For local union Executive Board members or prospects.

3.   LABOR UNION HISTORY A look back to the roots and development of labor unions in America, how we got here and a look ahead to where we may be going. Participants should come knowing their own labor history.

4. ADVANCED GRIEVANCE HANDLING: The course covers the process from grievance filing to arbitration. This advanced instruction is NOT for first-timers. A certificate in Grievance Handling (or equivalent) is required to enroll in this workshop.

5.   STRIKE PREP AND EXECUTION   Learn about strikes as a tool for growing worker power and achieving a fair contract. This workshop will cover history, law, strategy and tactics.

5.   STANDING COMMITTEE TRAINING   All unions have standing committees. Are yours just standing there? Come and discuss how to activate a moribund committee to achieve positive change for members.

6.   ADVANCED MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS  Union leaders have to stay in contact with their members. Come learn the latest in techniques to grab your members’ attention. NOT FOR BEGINNERS.

UM-D Fairlane Center North Building
19000 Hubbard Drive
Dearborn, MI, 48126

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These classes are paid for with your TAP funds.
Please contact Marci Leahey is you would be interested in attending

BuildBuyUSA… It’s OUR Future!

BuildBuyUSA is about our future. It’s about the big picture of bringing back the well-paying and sustainable manufacturing jobs that supported all of us for generations. It’s also about the small choices we make every day. Through the power of our wallets, we can reward employers who respect worker rights and the environment, who hire from the community and give back to those who help us all grow. We can have the future we want, but it won’t happen through grandstanding or flag waving. By working together, our actions and choices can change the future. It’s that simple.

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TAP Guidelines

  • How to apply for TAP
  • Information needed to apply
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Contact information
  • Book reimbursement (employee TAP only)

Contact Marci Leahey
419-661-3532 For any questions regarding TAP