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Hello UAW Local 6000 Retiree!

UAW retired members finance their own structure through voluntary retiree dues. These dues make their programs self-supporting. Since the Constitutional Convention in 1966, retirees have pledged that the UAW would not have to use active members’ dues to support the retired workers’ programs. Our retired members have kept faith with that pledge.

Originally, retiree dues were $1 per month. However, in 1986, the retirees went to the Constitution Committee entirely on their own and proposed changing the $1 per month voluntary dues to $2 per month. They explained that the retirees could not achieve their goals or continue to run essential programs on the current $1 per month. The Constitutional change was overwhelmingly approved.

Retirees are not required to pay dues, but today 75 percent of the retired members pay the new amount of $3 per month in voluntary dues. Of these dues, 35 percent stays in each local union retired workers chapter, 25 percent goes to the regional retired workers fund and 40 percent of each dollar goes to the UAW Retired Workers Department for their efforts on behalf of retired workers. Some of these efforts would be for collective bargaining, legislation, communication, education and representation on issues affecting seniors and retirees. The entire program of the UAW retired workers’ movement is financed by retirees’ voluntary dues.

Spouses or surviving spouses may request to become associate members of the retired workers chapters. Surviving spouses are also encouraged to participate in the voluntary dues program.

We now have almost as many retired members as active members. Retiree dues support all of the activities of the retired workers’ programs and are now more necessary than ever before

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Hello UAW Local 6000 Retiree!

Congratulations on your retirement! As you move forward into the
retired life, remember the legacy of achievement you left behind!
Thank you for your time, energy, and dedication to Michigan’s
citizens and to UAW Local 6000.

Retirement can be a difficult adjustment at first, but it has the
potential to be just as great, if not better, than life before retirement.
For many years, you worked and supported UAW Local 6000 to make
it strong and the largest local in America. Now, your retirement is an
opportunity for new beginnings, bringing greater freedom and flexibility,
but most of all to have fun!

UAW retirees are activists in every sense: from community service
activities to political campaigns, UAW retirees contribute their time
and talents to make a difference. We do have individual priorities,
but as retirees, we share the same basic concerns, and will continue to
advocate for issues affecting retirees, such as healthcare, prescription
drugs, retirement security, pension benefits, Social Security and
Medicare. Together, we can ensure that our voice will be heard locally,
state-wide, and nationally.

Presently, there are three (3) retiree chapters for the retired
members of
UAW Local 6000:

• Statewide Retired Workers Chapter; meetings are in Lansing
• Region 1-A Retired Workers Chapter; meetings are in Taylor
• Region 1-D Saginaw; meetings are in Saginaw.

A copy of the current meeting dates is posted monthly in the Newsbreak.

Any retired member in good standing is entitled to “Retired Membership
Status”. Retiree Dues and Associate Member dues are $3.00 per month
or $36.00 per year, and are voluntary. But, we appreciate the donation
from those who can afford it to assist the chapter in financing retiree activities.

Chapter members are kept informed about monthly meetings dates,
chapter activities, and regional and statewide conferences, through articles
in the UAW Local 6000 Newsbreak, the UAW Local 6000 website
(www.uawlocal6000.org) and social media. Keep in touch with what’s
happening and JOIN US!

With teamwork in the leadership and solidarity in the ranks, and with
active and retired members working hand-in-hand, the UAW’s future
will be as bright and bold as its past. We are inviting you to come together
with us for good food, fun and fellowship!

Remember…Together we are Union Strong, providing Strength, Stability,
and always SOLIDARTY!

Bob Sisler, UAW Region 1A Retirees Chapter Chair,
Caroline Ross, UAW Region 1D/Statewide Retired Workers Chapter Chair