A Message from Vice President Cindy Estrada – Regarding Local 5960 Lake Orion and Local 1112 Lordstown

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

You deserve to know the facts about recent outsourcing at Local 5960 Lake Orion and Local 1112 Lordstown. This was a decision agreed to by the involved local, regional, and national leadership. Everyone agrees that this situation sucks. But what would suck even more would be to have GM shut down any of our plants and devastate hundreds of our members’ lives and the communities where those plants exist. These are the facts.

  • In 2017, GM’s car production was cut by over 20 percent, with the biggest impact to small cars.
  • We saw the reduction of six shifts of assembly plant production and volume reductions at our Powertrain, Stamping and Components plants.
  • There are currently nine open shifts of production in our assembly plants.
  • GM is analyzing the future of many of their car products.

Due to these conditions, GM recently came to us to consider changes at the small car plants that would make them more competitive – which means keeping jobs in our plants. Due to GM’s track record in plant closings, we met with the Company to look at vehicle content, marketing, suppliers and labor.

For Lordstown, local leadership and management came to Detroit, and with the region and national parties, an agreement was negotiated to make changes that we believe will put the plant in a better position to stay open.

For Lake Orion – a location under the small car agreement negotiated during the bankruptcy – the national parties negotiated an Autonomous Vehicle Memorandum of Understanding last summer to build developmental vehicles for testing. That agreement was reviewed and signed off on by the local, regional and national parties. Earlier this year, that same AV MOU was used as a framework to negotiate a second AV MOU that would produce saleable autonomous vehicles on the same line as the current Bolt EV and Sonic. As with the first AV MOU, that second AV MOU was reviewed and signed off on by the local, regional and national parties.

Yes, the MOUs make changes that impact some jobs that our traditional members perform. But the local, region and International agreed that we needed to keep product in our plants. And in the case of Lake Orion, we needed to get future technology into a UAW GM plant – and we did.

GM would like to walk away from the UAW, shut down our plants and move work and future technology to cheaper locations outside the U.S. – which GM’s competitors are already doing. We pushed hard against the bigger changes GM wanted and entered into an agreement that we feel will result in the long-term job security of our members and communities.

We need a united membership to keep pushing back against GM, because when GM sees division, they exploit it. We fight this Company every day and I can promise you that we are going to keep fighting and share our work with you so that you have an accurate picture of what is going on in the run up to 2019 bargaining.

In solidarity,


Truth Thursday

New Apprentices at UAW-GM Locations Nationwide

This week, over 75 new apprentice offers have been made in 17 UAW-GM Locals throughout the country.  The assignment of the new apprentices is consistent with agreements made during 2015 National Bargaining.  These newly indentured Apprenticeships will consist of 49 Electricians, 21 Diemakers and 9 Engineering apprentices and are made up of UAW-GM seniority employees, UAW-GM temporary employees and U.S. Military Veteran candidates.

As this new generation of skilled trades begins their journey, many changes and updates are being undertaken to ensure that their training experience solidifies their future. A new technical training suite and curriculum are being installed in the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources in Detroit. The technical suite will ensure that our tradepersons have the skills and abilities to launch and maintain the advanced manufacturing systems needed to build the highest quality cars and trucks.

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Easter Monday & GM Monthly Sales Report

Easter Monday

In 2015 the UAW-GM bargaining committee worked hard to negotiate 64 holidays over four years with an understanding of the importance of time spent with family and friends to celebrate holidays. Included in the holidays the Monday after Easter was restored and is now a paid holiday. Enjoy your extended Easter Holiday Weekend!

GM Monthly Sales Report

FYI: On Tuesday, April 3, GM will release its monthly sales report.

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New Hire Assessment Transition Process

As of March 1st, as previously announced, GM is moving to a new hourly assessment vendor for Other Than Skilled (production) employees.  Select International will be providing the assessment tools and leading the hourly hiring process.  The goal is to make the transition as seamless as possible. However, during the first 2 weeks in March, please allow for delays in candidate processing as data is being transitioned from DDI to Select International.

For interested applicants, the new application landing page can be found here: www.applytogm.com

  1. Any candidate that has passed the assessment process will be transferred over to Select
  2. Applicants that have applied within the last 12 months will be transferred over to Select
    1. Once an opening is available, an email will be sent to have the candidates reapply
  3. Any applicants that have not tested, and applied over 12 months ago will not be transferred.
  4. Any temporary employees that were released R55, will be placed into the passed assessment pool and transferred to Select.

Once the new call center is up we will share the contact information.



GM-Delphi Legal Services Update


As you are aware, in August of 2017 the UAW took exception to GM’s position that certain retirees of Delphi were not eligible for the UAW-FCA-Ford-General Motors Legal Services Plan.

I am happy to report that the parties have agreed that former GM/Delphi workers who are covered under the Benefit Guarantee and/or “checked the box” in the 2006 Special Attrition Program who receive pension benefits under the General Motors Hourly-Rate Employees Pension Plan are now eligible for benefits under the legal services program. Surviving spouses of these retired workers who receive pension benefits under the General Motors Hourly-Rate Employees Pension Plan are also eligible.   Please note that individuals receiving a deferred vested pension are not eligible.

To open a case with the Plan, members must call 800-482-7700.  A Plan representative will check eligibility, explain what coverage is available and will assign an attorney to their case.

Thank you for your patience as we pursued this matter.

In Solidarity,



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