VSP Sign Up Deadline January 9 2015
January 8, 2015
Brothers and Sisters,
I want to remind everyone that is eligible that the VSP sign-up period ends this Friday, January 9, 2015. You will also receive notification from the Company about this same issue. If you want to participate in the VSP, you must sign up by this Friday. Once the period is complete, no one else can enroll. I strongly urge you to sign up if you have ANY thoughts of taking advantage of this negotiated program. There are ample opportunities to withdraw after signing up if you change your mind.
Once you sign up, you will receive an email acknowledging your enrollment in the VSP, followed by a letter that will inform you of what separation date you have been assigned. You will still have plenty of time to review your Pension Packet and decide if the VSP is right for you.
Registration can be done through Total Access or by phone at 866-473-2016. When prompted on the phone, say “Voluntary Separation Plan” and indicate that you are a member of UAW Local 1069 when connected to Total access representative. If you have trouble with signing up, contact your Union Rep or the Hall immediately for help.
Another issue that needs to be addressed is the opening of the new Royal Farms store across the street from the north side. You read, in an earlier Chopper, about Royal Farm’s practice of bringing in out-of-state workers to build their store at a very low rate of pay and refusing to hire local union workers from this area. Our brothers and sisters in the building trades need your support by boycotting the store once it opens. Builders in this area hire union workers, such as the IBEW, and pay a fair, prevailing wage so those workers can provide for their families. Royal Farms even refused to hire IBEW members after they were offered a reduced rate. This kind of union-busting behavior cannot be condoned by this membership. Pass this info on to your family and friends.
Stand up for all union workers by boycotting Royal Farms!
Finally, the COLA for the 4th quarter of 2014 was zero.
Yours in Solidarity,
Chris Owens, President
UAW Local 1069