MetLife Funeral Discount and Planning Services for GM Members

MetLife will now offer a new funeral discount and planning services through Dignity Memorial effective June 1, 2017. Through Dignity Memorial, employees, retirees and their spouses as well as extended family (children, parents, grandparents and great-grandparents) will have access to counselors as well as discounts on funeral services through a network of funeral homes and cemetery providers in the United States.

 

Services include:

  • Discounts of up to 10% off funeral, cremation, and cemetery services provided through a Dignity Memorial funeral home
  • Unlimited access to Dignity’s comprehensive end-of-life planning tool and resource library
  • Professional funeral consultants to help your employees and their families make confident decisions
  • Planning services to help make final wishes easier to manage
  • Bereavement Travel Services to assist with time-sensitive travel arrangements to be with loved ones (when services are provided through a Dignity Memorial location)
  • Some State specific rules apply:
  • No funeral discounts available in the states of KY, NY, SD and WY
  • In states of MI and TN – funeral discount is only available upon planning for the already deceased (not for pre-planning of funeral arrangements)
  • All other states…discounts apply for planning either before or after death

 

For more information: Dignity Funeral Planning  or visit  www.finalwishesplanning.com

Change in GM Hourly Direct Deposit Process

IMPORTANT:  Change in GM Hourly Direct Deposit Process effective Monday, June 12, 2017 

In an effort to enhance security and to protect their employees from any potential harmful fraudulent activity, GM Payroll is making the following changes to the direct deposit processing for hourly employees effective Monday, June 12, 2017:

  • All hourly employees will be required to make changes to their direct deposit information through the Employee Self Service (ESS) system that is currently in place. Paper forms will no longer be accepted by the payroll processing team after this date.  Instructions for using the ESS system are included below.

 

  • We are also encouraging our employees to update their Federal and State W-4 forms through ESS.

The Benefits of Employee Self Service (ESS) include:

  • A single, secure ADP portal where an employee’s confidential payroll and tax information is stored.
  • ESS is easy-to-navigate and is available 24-7, regardless of where the employee is located.
  • ESS is accessed using the same login and password the employee has set up for IPay.
  • The ability to quickly and securely change banking and W4 information online.
  • Eliminates the need for paper forms.
  • Changes are made immediately.
  • Enhanced security, no risk of forms with personal information getting lost, misplaced, or compromised.

 

ESS Accessibility:

 

Please note that the ESS site cannot be accessed through IPay, even though the employee will use their IPAY login credentials.  They must use the specific URL above.  

All employees have the ability to register with IPay and the ESS Portal to make banking and W-4 changes online.  This is by far the fastest and most secure way of making changes.  We are requiring employees to update bank information online through the portal to eliminate the need for the paper form.

If you have any questions, please contact the Payroll Help Desk at 866-245-5957.

ESS User Instructions

2017 GM Vacation Shutdown Information

Greetings,

As you know, the National Agreement provides for up to two (2) weeks of Vacation Shutdown during the prime time of the year, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, or, with the local union’s agreement, during other weeks more advantageous to plant operations.  Please see the supplemental information regarding the 2017 Vacation Shutdown Weeks Schedule if your plant has been scheduled to be down.

We have included a chart to simplify the usage of required vacation entitlement.  Any questions should be referred to your bargaining representative.

Supplemental Information Regarding the 2017 Plant Vacation Shutdown Weeks Schedule

Payments

Employee pay (EFT or paycard) for the PVSW will be provided as normal payrolls for the week(s).

Waiver of Pay

VE pay can be waived for the Plant Vacation Shutdown Week(s).  If an employee wants to waive pay for approved time off, the employee must submit the “Waiver of Vacation Time Off Payment” card at least two days in advance of the scheduled time off and it must be for the entire period of approved time off.  If ATO is credited to an employee and later used, the employee may request to waive pay in the same manner as described above by submitting the “Waiver of Vacation Time Off Payment” card.

Absence Coding in the Timekeeping Systems

The Group Leader is responsible for coding the absences in accordance with the requests & approvals for each employee.  Absences should be coded using the advanced scheduling module of either GMTKS or Kronos.

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Required Vacation Entitlement Usage

Temporary employees do not have Vacation Entitlement hours and should be coded L05 in PeopleSoft for the duration of the Plant Vacation Shutdown Week(s).

Employees entitled to Vacation Entitlement pursuant to Par. 191 will be required to apply such entitlement to the Plant Vacation Shutdown Week(s) as follows:

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Discipline

For plants that are not operating and a discipline occurs prior to a PVSW, and would otherwise extend into a PVSW time period, the disciplinary period will stop during the entire period of the shutdown and will resume when the plant resumes operation following the shutdown period.

Short Term Military Leave / Bereavement / Jury Duty

Employees on Short Term Military Leave, Bereavement, or Jury Duty during a PVSW:

–     Those who are not scheduled to work will not be required to utilize VE on those                 days.

–      Those who are scheduled to work will be handled in the normal manner.

 

7 Day Operators

7-Day Operators will be neither advantaged nor disadvantaged as a result of scheduled Plant Vacation Shutdown Weeks.

Alternative Work Schedules

Employees on alternative work schedules will be neither advantaged nor disadvantaged as a result of scheduled Plant Vacation Shutdown Weeks.

Skilled Trades – Subcontracting

The scheduling of Plant Vacation Shutdown Weeks does not relieve management of its obligations under the subcontracting provisions of the GM-UAW National Agreement.  Therefore, if work has been contracted out due to a lack of manpower or insufficient time to complete the work, employees involved in those trades should have the opportunity to be fully employed during the shutdown period if we are to avoid possible grievances.  If the work was contracted for other reasons (skills, equipment, cost), then the above considerations would not apply.

Plant Vacation Shutdown Week(s)

Local Management will notify the Shop Committee of its decision to schedule no more than two (2) Plant Vacation Shutdown Weeks, and will identify the specific week or weeks such shutdown will occur.  Plant Management may schedule the Plant Vacation Shutdown Weeks to take place during any week between Memorial Day and Labor Day, or, with the local union’s agreement, during other weeks more advantageous to plant operations.

 

BENEFIT PAYMENTS DURING THE 2017 PLANT VACATION SHUTDOWN WEEKS

Sickness and Accident (S&A) Benefits

Sickness and Accident (S&A) benefits will be issued under normal weekly procedures during the Plant Vacation Shutdown Period.  The GM Benefits & Services Center will be open to process claims, except for July 4, 2017.

Employees on sick leave during the Plant Vacation Shutdown Week(s), who are found able to return to work during the PVSW, will have S&A benefits suspended in accordance with existing procedures.  Such employees should be scheduled for vacation and may be entitled to Holiday Pay, if applicable, for the remainder of the PVSW period following the suspension of S&A benefits, if otherwise eligible.  However, if an employee becomes disabled during the PVSW and disability benefits are subsequently paid, any holiday pay/vacation pay the employee received for the same period is overpaid.  The plant location and Sedgwick should coordinate to ensure any overpayments are properly determined and collected

S&A benefits for salaried employees should be paid only for the period covered by the supporting medical evidence in the employee’s S&A claim file.  Salaried S&A checks will be processed under regular payroll guidelines.

Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ Compensation (WC) payments will be processed in the routine manner during the Plant Vacation Shutdown Weeks. The GM Benefits & Services Center will be open to process and pay workers’ compensation claims with the exception of July 4, 2017.

Supplemental Unemployment Benefits (SUB)

SUB benefit payments will be processed in the routine manner during the Plant Vacation Shutdown Weeks.  The GM Benefits & Services Center will be open to process benefit applications with the exception of July 4, 2017.

Unemployment Compensation

Seniority employees, who are otherwise active and not at work during the Plant Vacation Shutdown Week(s) should generally be either on vacation or, in the case of employees entitled to less than 100 hours of VE (see above), on an unpaid leave, and not eligible to receive state unemployment compensation (UC) for the shutdown weeks.  However, eligibility to receive UC, is determined by the State.  If an employee receives both GM vacation pay and a state UC payment (including a state UC Waiting Week Credit) for the same week, you should be guided by Paragraph (202g) of the National Agreement regarding the recovery of the resulting GM overpayment.

Workers’ Memorial Day

On April 28, we observe Workers’ Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. This year we come together to defend Workers protections from recent attacks and to commit to fighting until all workers have safe jobs and the freedom to seek a safe future.
 
The Occupational Safety and Health Act promises workers the right to a safe job. The UAW-GM Health and Safety Department fights every day to make that promise a reality— putting in place protections that have made jobs safer, saved lives and helped to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses.
 
But our work is not done. We remain committed not only to our mission of eliminating fatalities, but sharing a new focus of “NOT HURTING PEOPLE”. As a member of our UAW-GM family, we all have the right to a safe workplace and our Joint Health and Safety teams are constantly on the job promoting values that return people home safely. Every Person, Every Site, Every Day.

How to Register on ADP iPay Statements

Pay slip information is posted the day prior to payday. You can bookmark the iPay website for easy access.
Please do not copy/paste when typing in the iPay site. If you have problems entering the site, ADP suggests closing and reopening your browser.
Go to https://ipay.adp.com and click on “Register Now”

STEP 1: Obtain Registration pass code

  • Contact GM Service Center @ 800-584-2000
  • Enter Registration code

STEP 2: Enter your Identity Information

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Last 4 digits of your Social Security Number
  • Confirm last 4 digits of your Social Security Number
  • Month and Day of Birth
  • Click on “Next”

STEP 3: Enter personal registration code, if necessary.

  • If your account is “locked”, call the iPay help desk at (888) 337-2400 and have them issue a personal registration code.

STEP 4: Get User ID and Password

  • Read rules about your password
  • Create password
  • Confirm password by retyping it
  • Write down your password!
  • Click on “Next”

STEP 5: Select Security Questions and Answers

  • Select security questions 1, 2 & 3 and answers 1, 2 & 3
  • Write down your security questions and answers
  • Click on “Next”

STEP 6: Enter your Contact Information (NOTE: Be sure to enter a valid email address – this address will be used for password resets or for notification that your pay statement has posted if you sign up for that service. Entering a phone number is optional. The phone number will be used for text message notification for password resets or that your pay statement has posted if you sign up for that service.)

  • Enter Personal Email
  • Enter Personal Email
  • Click on “Next”

STEP 7: Enter Activation Code

  • You will receive an email or a text message from ADP with an activation code.
  • Enter code.
  • Click on “Next”
  • Close Window.
  • You will receive an email from ADP. Follow instructions in the email to access your pay information at https://ipay.adp.com.

If you are registered for iPay and are having issues accessing your pay, banking or W4 information on Socrates, please contact the People Services Help Desk at 800-584-2000 or gmnapeopleservices.us@gm.com

April 2017 is Distracted Driver Awareness Month

Every day in the United States, 8 people are killed and over 1000 are injured in crashes that involve a distracted driver. The National Safety Council has recognized April 2017 as Distracted Driver Awareness month. The UAW-GM Health and Safety department invites all of our team to get the facts about this growing epidemic, and help put an end to the suffering caused by this preventable “Act of Distraction”. 

For more information visit the National Safety Council website at: http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/distracted-driving-awareness-month.aspx   

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Voluntary Long-Term Disability (LTD) Benefits

We are happy to announce, that as a result of the 2015 UAW GM national negotiations, a new self-paid voluntary Long Term Disability Program will be offered to certain hourly employees.  The enrollment period will begin on April 18, 2017, and conclude on May 12, 2017.

Active employees who are eligible to participate are:

  • In-Progression employees
  • Subsystems LLC employees
  • Traditional employees with less than 10 years of credited service
  • Employees on non-disability leave or layoff less than 6 months

For more information, go to https://enroll.benefitsconnect.net/gmltd

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UAW member made vehicles voted Consumer Reports best in class!

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruz and 2017 Chevrolet Impala earned the honor of being named top cars in their class for 2017 by Consumer Reports. Graded on reliability, owner satisfaction, safety and a 50-point performance evaluation, the Cruze and Impala were named the top compact car and large sedan, respectively.

“If you look at the competitors, you look at Corollas or any other compact cars, there’s a lot that they could learn from the Cruze in terms of ride, quietness and just a substantial-feeling vehicle, along with having the latest infotainment, which again you can navigate. It’s not overwhelming. It’s well-laid out.”Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports director of automotive testing, said.

In regards to the Impala Fisher said  “I know when we first said the Chevy Impala was a top pick, there was a lot of confused faces,” Fisher said. “This is not the rental car version. This is the new version that they have which drives like a luxury vehicle, continues to be reliable and it’s just good owner satisfaction. It drives terrific.”

Congratulations to our UAW members at Local 1112 and 1714, Lordstown (Cruze), Local 22 Detroit Hamtramck (Impala) and all our members at our Stamping, Propulsion and GMCH facilities that supply products for these vehicles. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication that goes into building such high quality products!

 

GM February Sales Highlights

GM Grows Total and Retail Sales in February, Market Share up Sharply, Transaction Prices Set February Record  

Key Highlights  

  • GM Grows Total and Retail Sales in February — GM’s total sales were up 4 percent to 237,388 units compared with an estimated 1 percent decline for the industry. This equates to a market share of 17.5 percent, an increase of 0.9 percentage points.
  • Transaction Prices Set February Record   — all brands
  • GM estimates the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles was approximately 17.5 million units.”

Great work UAW-GM members on once again building high quality world class vehicles.

Suggestion Program Spotlight

The UAW-GM Suggestions Program is a program to recognize employees in North American facilities for their ideas. Ideas are evaluated and many are implemented because they remove waste, solve a problem or give an improvement in a process.

A suggestion can be submitted on a paper form or through the electronic system, GoStars. You must have an active GMID to access GoStars, the electronic system. A suggestion can be submitted by an individual or a team. So maybe during your next team meeting, get together and brain storm as to what suggestions your team can submit. That suggestion could solve a problem that took the team working collectively to resolve.

There is always room for improvement and the Suggestion Program is no different. We are currently updating the program, so look for new improvements to come!!