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!!

Congratulations UAW Local 1005 Members!

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Congratulations Parma Metal Center at achieving BIQ Level IV! They are the first standalone stamping plant in North America to achieve this certification. The calibrators were very impressed with the team engagement at Parma. They showed the assessors that they, as a team, know their business and want to continue providing World Class Quality to the assembly plants.

“Congratulations on BIQ IV,” said UAW Local 1005 Shop Chairman Al Tiller. “This is a huge step in the right direction and this is a direct reflection of our commitment to be the best of the best. Our membership involvement is key to the success of our plant. We have the most engaged and active members in the corporation. Great job UAW Local 1005 and GM Parma.”

Upcoming Payroll Events and Changes

Profit Sharing Payout: 

Employees’ eligible for the profit sharing payment can expect to receive payment in Roll 8, payment date of February 24th, 2017.

Taxation: 

The profit sharing payment will be taxed at the employees’ W4 rate.  Employees are encouraged to use the employee self-service portal to make W4 election changes.  Changes can be made on line through the portal up until February 20th, 2017.  Employees wishing to claim exempt from Federal taxes, may now do so through the portal.

Update W4 Tax Withholding Elections Online

Employees electing to make Federal tax updates can do so electronically by utilizing ADP Employee Self Service (EES) at https://ssoportal.globalview.adp.com/login/gm/gm_login.fcc.

Overpayments:

Any employee who has a current overpayment balance for payroll, relocation or short term disability will have up to 50% of the payment applied to that overpayment.

Paystub Display:

Profit sharing will be displayed on the paystub using the code:   PRO SHR

Employees electing to defer profit sharing will see that deferral under the code: *PROFSHR DEFER

 

Telehealth through Blue Cross, Blue Care Network and HAP


Blue Cross and Blue Care Network

As a result of the 2015 negotiations, the GM Health Care Program for Hourly Employees now provides new coverage for online doctor visits through Amwell.

Amwell is the largest telehealth operator in the U.S., employing certified and specifically trained physicians to treat patients online. This new service provides employees enrolled in the BCBSM Traditional Care Network (TCN), the Blue Care Network with the ability to use a mobile device or computer to call or meet virtually with a U.S. board-certified physician, 24/7, from nearly anywhere in the country.*

With online doctor visits, workers in the Program now have more options for immediate access to health care when their primary care physician isn’t available. An online doctor visit can help with many health-related issues such as:

  • Sinus and respiratory infectionsgm-retailonline_facebook_final-020317
  • Colds, flus and seasonal allergies
  • Minor burns, cuts and scrapes
  • Skin rash
  • Painful urination
  • Eye irritation or redness
  • Sore throat
  • Earache
  • Vomiting

Click this link http://miblues.co/2kYyB17 to learn more and to register.
*Due to state regulations, online doctor visits not available in some states. Click here for a map of the United States where online doctor visits are offered.

HAP

As a result of the 2015 negotiations, the GM Health Care Program for Hourly Employees now also provides new coverage for online doctor visits through Amwell for workers enrolled in Health Alliance Plan  (HAP).

For more information visit this link:

HAP Telehealth_Services_Guide

 

 

 

2017 Profit Sharing Check for UAW-GM Members

Today, in accordance with the UAW-GM National Agreement, GM has announced a maximum profit sharing payment of $12,000 for eligible hourly workers who accrued 1,850 or more compensated hours during 2016. Eligible hourly workers who accrued less than 1,850 compensated hours will receive a pro-rated share based on the number of accrued compensated hours. Payment is scheduled to be included in active employee paychecks received on Friday, February 24, 2017. Eligible retirees (those who retired and had compensated hours in 2016) will receive their payment on Friday, March 24, 2017.

“Today’s profit sharing announcement of $12,000 rewards our members’ dedication and commitment to building some of the most popular and high-quality vehicles in the world. They deserve every penny of that collectively bargained bonus check.” UAW International Vice President Cindy Estrada 

February Union Dues Update

General Motors notified the Union that due to a system error February Union Dues were deducted one week early.  GM assures us that dues will not come out again next week and that “normal” dates for dues deductions will resume in March.  Below is the message that GM sent to the plants:

 “We have confirmed with the GBS People Services Payroll team that Union Dues were deducted from employees’ pay checks one week early.  February dues were scheduled to be deducted out of the Friday, February 10th pay check but employees will see that dues were deducted out of the Friday, February 2nd pay check instead.  This impacted all members of all Unions.  The Payroll team has assured us that regular schedule of dues collection will resume in March and dues WILL NOT be collected out of next week’s pay check.”

Profit Sharing Update

Congratulations to our UAW Chrysler and UAW Ford brothers and sisters, whose profit sharing amounts were reported this past week. Chrysler UAW members will receive $5,000 in profits and our UAW Ford brothers and sisters will receive $9,000 in profits. GM’s fourth quarter earnings will be reported on February 7, the payments will be paid on February 24, stay tuned to UAW GM talks for an update.

Reminder: If you want to defer either a flat dollar amount or a percentage of your Profit Sharing to the PSP, you must enter your deferral before 4 p.m. EST on February 9, 2017.  If no deferral is entered, 100% of the Profit Sharing payment will be included in your normal paycheck on February 24, 2017.

Consider saving just a little bit more for your retirement.  Log into your PSP account at: http://www.gmbenefits.com/ to enter your deferral.  For more information please reference full text notices sent to you by email or traditional mail, or posted at your work location.