Benefits – Frank Bills

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

2018 Black Men in Unions


CONTACT MARCI LEAHEY to apply for your TAP

New Venue! The Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Marriott at Eagle Crest
1275 S. Huron, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

This 31st Black Men in Unions 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 Brochure & Registration Form Here


Two sections, according to age group. Workshop is Saturday only; cost is $50.00 per student.2. BASIC UNION SKILLS How unions work! What we need to know to be effective union members.3. ADVANCED LEADERSHIP ACADEMY  Climb the steps of the leadership ladder to be successful in your organization. Not for first timers, you should have attended two previous Labor Studies workshops.

4. FMLA Understand and utilize the Family Medical Leave Act in your workplace.

5. MALE-FEMALE RELATIONSHIPS How the roots of our African ancestry can help our understanding of who we are as brothers and sisters joined in the struggle to overcome the double legacy of racism and sexism in America.

Celebrate the work of our past heroes and trailblazers of today.

7. PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE Point of Order? Privileged Motion? Come learn the basics of parliamentary procedure.

8. FUNDING YOUR RETIREMENT  We all want to quit working and enjoy life, someday. Here’s how that works.

9. CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS Explore our changing roles as we work towards a world free of racism, sexism, classism, and ageism.

10. EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS Learn to use print and social media to help build membership unity.

11. COLLECTIVE BARGAINING Explore the negotiation process: How to be a negotiator, build your bargaining package, and create win-win situations.

12. BASIC GRIEVANCE HANDLING Win justice and equity on the form and merits of a good grievance.

13. CIVIC ENGAGEMENT Working families need to be involved in shaping our government. Come and learn, share how to get involved.


Download the file for the registration form here.  Mail completed form with payment to the Center using the directions on the form.  You can also use the online registration form here.

REGISTRATION COST is$620.00.Registration and payment should reach us by January 26,2018.   Tuition Assistance programs cover tuition portion, but not meals.  If using Tuition Assistance, apply for $560 tuition; you or your workplace must include the $60 meal payment with your registration. Meal payment is mandatory for all registrants. Evening meals are on your own.
CONFIRMATIONS ARE NOW SENT BY EMAIL; be sure we have yours, that it is legible, and is one that you often check.

TIME AND DATES:  Check-in is Thursday, February 8, from 4:30 to 7:00pm at the Marriott Ann Arbor – Ypsilanti, MI, a unionized hotel. The program starts promptly at 7pm Thursday. There is a 2nd check-in period from 7:30-9am Friday. If you can’t check in before Friday, come early! The conference ends at approximately noon on Sunday, February 11.
PLACE:Announcing our return to a former venue! Black Men in Unions 2018 will be held at the Marriott Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest Hotel & Conference Center, 1275 S. Huron St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197.


Hotel Reservations at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest Hotel are now open.  The special conference rate is $105 per night. Please note that per hotel policy, guests must be prepared either to leave a credit card number for incidentals, or a $50 cash deposit per night, which would be returned upon checkout if not needed.To make reservations online, click below.  The last day to book is January 8, 2018.

CANCELLATION/REFUND Last date to withdraw for refund is Thursday, February 1, 2018.  To be valid, registrants must call CLCS (313-583-6400) and speak to Center staff.Registrants who fail to attend or do not cancel by the deadline owe full payment.

2019 Black Men in Unions Institute
Where We Go From Here! 
FEBRUARY 21-24, 2019
CONTACT  your Union TAP Rep, Marci Leahey 419-661-3532, for assistance in completing your TAP.
This must be done 21 days in advance.
Founded in 1986, the Black Men in Unions 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.  This year’s conference will be held at the Fairlane Club and Fairlane Center. 


 Two sections, according to age (1A 8- 12, 1B 13-16). Meets Saturday only. Cost $50 per student.

2. CONTRACT LANGUAGE The CBA is the ‘constitution’ of the shop. Learn how to interpret clauses and draft rules that govern the work environment.

We are a strong nation because we are diverse. Learn how that truism can be used to build stronger bonds with our brothers and sisters in a diverse work setting.

4. EMPLOYMENT LAW & FMLA Map the landscape of workplace rights with a focus on understanding and utilizing the Family Medical Leave Act.

5. BUILDING SOLIDARITY The foundation of any union is solidarity. Explore the central sociological and psychological elements of building unity.

 We all dream of quitting the grind and enjoying life someday. Here’s how to plan for a comfortable retirement.

7. PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE Point of Order? Privileged Motion? Come learn the basics of parliamentary procedure and how to shape the outcome of union meetings.

8. MALE-FEMALE COMMUNICATIONS #MeToo, #HeToo. Be a positive part of this movement by knowing how to identify and address gender discrimination and harass- ment. How should we talk and relate to other genders? Let’s discuss.

 Celebrate the work of our past heroes and trailblazers of today.

10. BASIC GRIEVANCE HANDLING One must know the form and merits of a good grievance in order to win justice and equity through the grievance system for members.

11. ELECTRONIC AND PRINT MEDIA Learn how to use the tools of social & print media to build membership unity.

 What can be done at the local level about global labor issues? Plenty. Get involved. WORKERS’ RIGHTS AND ACTIONS Activism is on the rise! Learn where and how and how to participate 

13. WORKERS’ RIGHTS AND ACTIONS Activism is on the rise! Learn where and how and how to participate.


REGISTRATION: Download the 2019 BMIU registration form here. You may fax form to 313.583.6430, scan form as an attachment or send phone photo to; or use US mail (Center for Labor and Community Studies, Fairlane Center North, Rm 257, 19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126). You can 
Register Online Here. Please register and pay by February 7, 2019. If we receive the full $640 payment by that date, you are eligible for the Express Lane—a shorter wait in line to check in.

CONFIRMATIONS ARE SENT BY EMAIL; BE SURE WE HAVE YOURS!COST: is $640 ($560 tuition, $80 mandatory meal fee). Mandatory meal payment includes 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches; evening meals are on your own. Tuition Assistance Programs (TAPs) cover the tuition portion, but not meals. If using TAP, apply for $560 tuition; you or your workplace must include the $80 meal payment with your registration (or mail separately as soon as registering online).

TIMES AND DATES: First check-in is Thursday, February 21, from 4:00 to 7:00pm at the Fairlane Club. The Opening Session is 7:00pm to 9:00pm. There is also check-in at the Fairlane Club from 7:30 to 9:00am Friday, February 22. Workshops run 8:00am to 5:00pm Friday & Saturday.

PLACE: General assemblies are at the Fairlane Club. Classes are held at the UM’s Fairlane Center at 19000 Hubbard Road, Dearborn, Michigan 48126. The Fairlane Club and Fairlane Center are connected by hallways.

CANCELLATION/REFUND: The last date to cancel the event at no cost is Thursday, February 14. To be valid, cancellations must be called in to CLCS at 313-583-6400. Registrants who do not cancel by the deadline or No-Show owe full payment of $640.00.

2019 Wednesday Night Winter Semester
January 9 – February 13, UM-D Fairlane Center North Building, 19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn, MI, 48126

The Winter Semester in Labor Relations is for workers who prefer evening instruction during the middle of the week. Students attend the full program over 6 Wednesdays during the months of January and February. Class is from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Seating is limited to 36 Persons. We welcome participants from all genders and all cultural or ethnic backgrounds.


January 9 Topic: Labor-Management Contracts –

The collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is the key governing document in unionized workplaces. This session explains the CBA legal standing and maps the major components to the CBA.

January 16 Topic: Preparing for Bargaining –

This session reviews the pre- negotiation institutional, economic, political and sociological assessment that shapes bargaining strategy and tactics.

January 23 Topic: Bargaining Session 1-

Students participate in a bargaining simulation based on actual cases. Teams will be formed and a first round of bargaining will take place.

January 30 Topic: Bargaining Session 2 –

Students complete the bargaining simulation and will debrief on the outcomes.

February 6 Topics: Grievances and Arbitration –

Ratifying the CBA is just the beginning. Afterward, the rights in the CBA need to be enforced through the grievance process and arbitration. This session explains these remedial processes.

February 13 Topic: Impasse Resolution-

There are times when the parties fail to reach an agreement. This session canvasses impasse methods, including interest arbitration, mediation, and collective action.



Download the file for the registration form here. Mail completed form with payment to the Center using the directions on the form. CONFIRMATIONS ARE SENT BY EMAIL! BE SURE WE HAVE A CURRENT EMAIL ADDRESS LISTED FOR YOU!
Register Online:You can use the online registration form here. Under conference selection chose “other”.  Then enter “Winter Semester” under workshop first choice. Do not enter anything under second choice.

COST is $600. This instruction might be covered by joint Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funds. If you are unsure, contact your education representative.

TIMES AND DATES: Instruction sessions begin on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Subsequent sessions are held Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. The last session is held on February 13, 2019

PLACE: All sessions will be held at the UM-D’s Fairlane Center, North Building, at 19000 Hubbard Road, Dearborn, MI 48126. Parking is free in the North Lot at the far end of the Fairlane Buildings (pass the South Bldg. to get to the North bldg.).

CANCELLATION/REFUND: The last date to withdraw at no cost is Friday, January 11, 2019. To be valid, cancellations must be called in to CLCS (313-583- 6400). Registrants who do not cancel by the deadline or fail to attend owe full payment of $600.00.

You will need to apply for TAP in advance
Please Contact Marci Leahey – TAP Representative- 419-661-3532 if you have any questions or would like to enroll in these classes. You will need to apply for TAP in advance

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