Local 2195 Retiree Meeting 

Monday September 13, 2021, at 11:00 am

American Legion Post 15,

  2607 US-31 Decatur, Alabama 35603

 

Currently, our health care vendors, BCBS and Aetna are scheduled to be at our meeting. However, with the out-break of this new strain of COVID-19, meetings could be cancelled at a moment’s notice.

I do not have the words to express my disappointment in the fact that so many have ignored the seriousness of this health care crisis. Some of our members have spent up to six months in the hospital. The one's that made it out of the hospital may never return to the full person they were. We have lost members. Our members have lost loved ones as well. We prayed for an answer and the vaccination has proven to be the best possible defense against Covid-19.

PLEASE GET VACCINATED, IF NOT FOR YOURSELF, TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES.  THIS IS NOT JUST GOING AWAY UNLESS WE HELP TO ELIMINATE IT....THE BEST CHANCE WE HAVE IS WITH THE VACCINE.

Just a reminder that the BCBS lawsuit settlement claim notification that you received must be filed by November 5, 2021.  You can file online at www.BCBSsettlement.com or by calling (888) 681-1142.

On Wednesday, August 4th, there is a rally scheduled for the coal miners in Brookwood, Alabama. These miners have been on strike since April, trying to gain some of the pay and benefits they lost after the Jim Walker Mine filed bankruptcy. The mines reopened under a different name; Warrior Met Coal. The miners agreed to a large concession contract to protect their jobs and provide an opportunity for the new company to return to profitability but later found the CEO was reported to have made five million dollars this past year. They now are attempting to recover some of their give backs in the concession agreement.  

If you are interested in participating, it will be at: 

BROOKWOOD PARK, 15689 Hwy 216, Brookwood, Alabama 35444

I plan on leaving from the American Legion post at 8:00 am the morning of the rally, should you want to meet me there. You can reach me at 256-874-0850(cell), and/or 256-353-7893(Local Union #). Also, I encourage you to wear a UAW hat or shirt to show our support.

If you haven’t heard, former President, Rory Gamble chose to retire. We hope he enjoys his well-deserved retirement! ¬†By vote of the international UAW executive board, brother Ray Curry has been named as President of the International Union, UAW. All that know President Ray Curry, feel that he was an outstanding selection. He not only is he capable but well qualified. We are thankful for his leadership and wish congratulations and success to him!

Please keep our members and their families in your thoughts and prayers as we navigate through this pandemic. Please stay safe. My hope is to see you soon, at this and future meetings.

 

 

In solidarity,

Chuck

 

 

 

 

 

 

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