There have been a number of concerns raised by members transitioning to new hire status. Lawrence and I will try to clarify some of these concerns:First; dental, vision, hearing and child care benefits will become effective for current new hires after attaining one (1) year seniority. At present, there is no provision for new hires to access the legal services benefit.

Dependent Tuition Assistance Program (DTAP) becomes accessible at the beginning of the 11th year of seniority.

Prescription drugs, prosthetic appliance and durable medical equipment, long term care and chronic care, paramedical coverage and out of province coverage  ALL become effective on the first day of the fourth month from the date of hire. (In this case – January 1, 2017). For a full breakdown on medical care coverage’s, please go to our Unfor 199 website ( Choose “GM Unit” and click “Benefits”.   However, the most effective way to have your benefit questions answered is to simply ask Lawrence or myself directly.

Everyone has different issues and concerns when it comes to ones’ health. We provide confidential information in an environment more suited to your needs.

Your health benefits are important to you and your family. Your reps. are here to assist. Let us help you.

In solidarity,

Mark Roy, Benefit Rep. & Lawrence Robson Alt. Benefit Rep.Unifor Local 199