This Monday, January 15 we celebrate the national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The UAW had a strong bond with the great civil rights leader and this forged the long-standing connection between labor and civil rights. In 1959 Walter Reuther met Martin Luther King and the two became fast friends through their common ground of fighting to secure rights for all. Martin Luther King believed labor would be an integral part to the civil rights movement. Reuther and the UAW agreed and were quick to join the fight. Reuther joined Dr. King on many of his marches and gave an address to the crowd to open the historic “march to Selma.” Again, he joined Dr. King to protest in Birmingham as the crowd was met with fire hoses and police dogs. It was in fact Reuther who bailed King out of jail following the demonstration. In 1963 Dr. King began planning a march on Washington. King decided to hold a march in Detroit first as to test the waters before going to Washington. The “Walk to Freedom March” was organized from an office at the UAW’s headquarters Solidarity House, with space donated by Walter Reuther. Dr. King also planned the March of Washington from the same office.
As you can see the UAW and Dr. King have a rich history together. That is why it is important that we take this UAW negotiated holiday and treat it as a day of service. It was Dr. King who said “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” To honor that instead of taking the day off, take the day on through service and citizenship. There are numerous organizations that could use your help, including many activities through UAW local unions and Regions. The Corporation for National and Community Service is also a great resource. https://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday
In this tone of service and appreciation, we would like to thank our UAW bargaining team for negotiating to get Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a paid holiday along with all our other UAW-GM negotiated holidays. It is important to remember that when they bargain, the whole contract is up for renegotiation not just wages. Some of the language we rely on everyday must be defined and renegotiated such as; seniority, holidays, disability leave, sub pay, transfer rights etc. This is easy to take for granted, so many thanks to our UAW-GM bargaining team!
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Dear Brothers and Sisters:
As we prepare to start a new year, I am reminded of a question that civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs would often ask: “What time is it on the clock of the world?”
Today, on the clock of the world, three people own as much wealth as the bottom 50 percent of our country – about 160 million people. NAFTA is unchanged, workers are still hurting from unfair global trade practices, production and sales of electric and autonomous vehicles are expected to break records in 2018, union density in our country is at about 6 percent, and Trump’s NLRB is flipping the few decisions that were fairer to workers to get union density closer to zero.
Through all of this, we have made the highest quality vehicles and parts and provided great service. We have had to make short-term sacrifices for long-term security. We have stood together through deep financial challenges and tough negotiations. We have watched our UAW GM membership go from yesterday’s 300,000 to today’s 50,000. We have tried to honor our past as we look together at a very different future.
No one can predict what will happen tomorrow, but we do know that the solidarity our union creates is a gift we must give to each other every day, so we can face and address tomorrow’s challenges together. No one can destroy our solidarity unless we allow it. And we can never allow that to happen.
Have a safe and restful holiday season with your family and friends.
Vice President and Director
UAW General Motors and Women’s Departments
UAW-GM Produced Vehicles:
UAW GM members build vehicles in almost every segment of the auto market. Listed are the vehicles that were produced by our members in 2017, but did you know there is another way to tell? See the graphic below for some handy tips on how to read your VIN!
HERE’S HOW TO TELL WHERE YOUR VEHICLE WAS ASSEMBLED
Making heads or tails of a VIN can be tricky. Many manufactures often try to hide that their products are not made in the USA. To help break it down take a look at the graphic below. It is interesting to note that the second spot tells you who manufactured your vehicle if you find a G then you will know General Motors was the manufacturer. The eleventh spot on the VIN tells you what plant assembled your vehicle. For more information on reading a VIN you can visit: https://uaw.org/deciphering-the-vin/
GM members who currently have an open Area Hire, Extended Area Hire or a Return to Former Community Application who wish to transfer to another plant must enter a new application in the Employee Placement System, no matter how recently they submitted their current application.
You will first have to cancel your current application, but you will be able to immediately resubmit your application. This will prevent the NEPC from deleting your application during the annual purge of the system and will ensure you will not miss the opportunity you’re waiting for to transfer when it arises.
For more information about the process visit: https://uawgmtalks.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/gm-employee-placement-annual-refresh/
Please contact the UAW Placement Department at (313) 324-5000 if you have any questions.
November 29, 2017
Message from Cindy Estrada and Scott Sandefur
Dear UAW-GM Team Members,
During our 2015 National Contract Negotiations, we agreed to annually recognize the team for achieving our target for model year to date Incidents per Thousand Vehicles (IPTV) performance. We are pleased to announce that eligible UAW-GM team members will be receiving a $500 bonus in your December 8, 2017 paycheck for delivering on our IPTV target.
Our customers win when we deliver top quality vehicles to market. No matter where you work – assembly, stamping, propulsion, components, engineering support services or service parts – you play an important role in keeping the customer at the center of everything we do.
With numerous launches and multiple shifts in our production schedules, it hasn’t been easy to maintain our high quality standards. We believe our success is due to your engagement and our strong partnership in improving our execution of the Global Manufacturing System (GMS) with a focus on the achievement of Built in Quality (BIQ) Level IV certification at every plant which translates to a higher quality vehicle for our customers.
In 2018, we expect to face many of the same challenges – changes in consumer preference, high profile launches and intense competition. Together, we can tackle these challenges and help GM Manufacturing become the quality benchmark for the global auto industry.
Thanks for your many contributions to our success and congratulations on achieving this quality target.
Cindy Estrada Scott Sandefur
UAW Vice President Vice President – GM Labor Relations
2017 – 2018 Christmas Holiday Period: The Christmas Holiday Period will begin Saturday, December 23, 2017 and will run through Monday, January 1, 2018.
Hourly Payroll Processing Schedules
- Pay Period Endings December 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2017: The payroll drafts for these periods will be dated and delivered in the customary manner on regularly established payday(s) – December 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2017, respectively.
- Pay Periods Ending December 31, 2017 and January 7, 2018: Employees will be paid actual hours worked and any holiday pay they are eligible to receive.
- 5 Holidays, subject to eligibility
- Pay period ending Sunday, December 31, 2017
- Will be processed Tuesday, January 2, 2018
- Scheduled payroll draft date is Friday, January 5, 2018
Roll 1 (2018):
- 1 Holiday, subject to eligibility
- Pay period ending Sunday, January 7, 2018
- Will be processed Tuesday, January 9, 2018
- Scheduled payroll draft date is Friday, January 12, 2018
Hourly Payroll (866)–245–5957
GM Layoff, SUB, Unemployment: (800)–584–2000
If you have any question concerning the 2017-2018 Christmas Holiday period, such as qualifying days, benefits, layoffs, leaves, etc. please see your Local Union Representative.
In accordance with the provisions of the UAW-GM National Agreement and in order to better understand employee’s interest in transfer opportunities, improve the Employee Placement Systems performance and enhance process efficiency, the National Parties have agreed to an Employee Placement System “Refresh” (closure) of all open Area Hire, Extended Area Hire and Return to Former Community Employee Placement System Applications effective December 31st, of each calendar year.
Employees currently listed on open plant requisitions will not be removed from those lists as a result of this action. They will remain on those lists until the actual requisition is closed.
Employees who currently have an open Area Hire, Extended Area Hire or a Return to Former Community Application who wish to transfer to another plant must enter a new application in the Employee Placement System.
Beginning December 1st, of each calendar year, the Employee Placement System will be available for you to enter your new application. Plant Requisitions processed on or after December 31st will take into account only the new open applications filed on or after December 1st in the Employee Placement System.
Employees who apply will receive jobs offers in accordance with the provisions of the 2015 National Agreement. Employees will also continue to be allowed to select multiple plants on the same Area Hire, Extended Area Hire and Return to Former Community Application.
Please note that any time you receive a job offer to another location, whether you choose to accept or decline a job offer, all of your applications on file will be closed. As a result, you will have to enter new applications identifying all the plants you would like to transfer to in the Employee Placement System if you have interest in future transfer opportunities to other plants.
Please contact the UAW Placement Department at (313) 324-5000 if you have any questions.
Veterans’ Day is a special day to recognize the brave men and women who served our country. Veterans are true heroes who put their lives on the line to defend the very freedom we enjoy today. To all our UAW Veteran members, I express profound gratitude to you, your commitment to serve your country and your commitment to make the best products in the same country you so greatly served.
Veterans’ Day is only celebrated one day of the year, however, our commitment to veterans must be strong each and every day. Our UAW Veterans’ Committee works diligently in our local and regions to work with our Veterans to assure these heroes have the best benefits available to them. Although we could never serve the Veteran in the same way they have served us, we can make sure they are taken care of when they come home.
“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” ~Arthur Ashe. Thank you for serving our country. We are forever indebted to you!
Happy Veterans Day,