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
- Any candidate that has passed the assessment process will be transferred over to Select
- Applicants that have applied within the last 12 months will be transferred over to Select
- Once an opening is available, an email will be sent to have the candidates reapply
- Any applicants that have not tested, and applied over 12 months ago will not be transferred.
- 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.
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.
There are members who still have unclaimed funds in their 2017 Dependent Care Account. If the participant has registered at www.wageworks.com, they will receive a reminder electronically regarding the important deadlines for incurring charges and filing reimbursement claims.
When will profit sharing be paid out?
On February 23, 2018 for eligible active hourly employees and March 23, 2018 for eligible retirees who had compensated hours in 2017.
How much will profit sharing payments be?
Maximum payment up to $11,750.
How many compensated hours did I have to accrue in the 2017 calendar year to receive the maximum payment?
1,850 compensated hours.
If I have more than 1850 compensated hours will I receive more than the maximum profit sharing payout?
No, $11,750 is the maximum profit sharing payout you can receive for 2017.
What if I have less than 1850 compensated hours, how much profit sharing will I receive?
Eligible hourly employees who accrued less than 1,850 compensated hours will receive a pro-rated share based on the number of accrued compensated hours.
What is the formula used to calculate the amount of profit sharing I should receive?
Profit sharing amount payable is calculated by dividing an employee’s compensated hours by 1850 and multiplying the result by the maximum profit sharing amount payable for the Plan year.
For example, an eligible hourly employee with 1500 compensated hours the calculation would work as follows: (1500 ÷ 1850) X 11,750 = $9,527.03.
If I’m on layoff will I have to report my profit sharing payment as earnings to the State in which I’m receiving Unemployment Benefits?
As a general rule, members should declare their profit sharing payment when they file for unemployment.
Whom can I contact for additional information regarding Profit Sharing?
Contact your Local Union Benefit Representative.
We have some exciting improvements to share regarding the UAW-GM Tuition Assistance Plan. In 2018, UAW-GM will be offering a new web-based system that will process tuition benefit requests and make it easier for you to receive approvals and reimbursements. UAW-GM has partnered with EdAssist® to implement the program.
Benefits of the New Tuition Reimbursement Program
Discounted Tuition & Fees at more than 220 schools
Faster and easier tuition reimbursement system
Convenient document upload functionality
Real time access to submit coursework
Automated approval process
E-mail notifications alert to application status
Resources for adult learners
Live technical customer service support from 8:00am – 8:00pm EST
This new program will be available on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. With this program change, the current tuition reimbursement will be in a blackout period (a pause in processing) from February 1 – February 19, 2018. If at that point you are current on your vouchers and/or reimbursements, no actions need to be taken. When the new program goes live, applications that have not received vouchers and/or reimbursements will need to reapply in the new system. Based on the timing of this switchover, we anticipate only a small volume that will need to reapply and we apologize in advance for the inconvenience.
There will be a full system tutorial and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) available once the system is live. Thank you for your patience as we transition to this great new program.
Maurice Staten Larry Emerling
Assistant Director GM Manager
UAW General Motors Department General Motors Company
The UAW negotiated a new Legal Service Plan Benefit in the last round of negotiations with FCA, Ford and GM. The benefits provided by the Legal Services Plan are fringe benefits that are taxable under the IRS Code. The Plan will be sending out a 1099 form to the over 600,000 UAW members that are eligible to receive the benefit. These members will have to include $17.30 on their Federal income return which will result in a minimal tax of $1.73 to $6.85. Below is a copy of the Q and A insert you will receive along with a 1099 form.
Why am I receiving this 1099?
As you know, the UAW negotiated a legal service benefit in the 2015 contract negotiations with FCA, Ford and General Motors and this benefit is available to certain eligible active workers and retirees and some surviving spouses. The UAW-FCA-Ford-General Motors Legal Services Plan opened on January 25, 2017. The benefits provided by the Legal Services Plan are fringe benefits that are taxable under the Internal Revenue Service Code. Prior to 1992 the money paid by your employer to run the Legal Services Plan was tax exempt to you. That tax exemption expired on June 30, 1992 and now the cost of those services must be taxed to the eligible members.
How do you determine the amount of income?
The Legal Services Plan follows IRS guidelines for imputed income on taxable fringe benefits. In our case, the costs to provide the legal services benefit to eligible members for the year are totaled and divided by the number of all eligible members. The income must be reported by all who are eligible for the benefit regardless of the use of the benefit.
How much will the tax on the Legal Services Plan cost me?
It depends on your tax rate but it will be less than the amount listed on the 1099. The amount you will pay in taxes will be based on your tax rate, currently ranging from 10% to 39.6%. Therefore, you will owe between $1.73 to $6.85 in federal taxes. Please understand that you should enter the amount listed on the 1099 ($17.30) on your federal and state tax returns as miscellaneous income. You may wish to discuss this further with your tax preparer.
What legal services are covered by the Plan?
The Legal Services Plan offers a variety of office legal services such as preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, deeds, residential real estate documents, credit reporting problems and uncontested divorce and family matter documents. It also provides advice and assistance in consumer contract matters, birth and marriage certificate matters and other uncontested matters regarding residential real estate. It also can provide a low-cost referral to a private attorney for many other personal legal matters not covered under the office work benefit.
How do I use the Legal Services Plan benefit?
Simply call the Legal Services Plan at 1-800-482-7700. Your eligibility will be verified and the level of benefits explained to you. If you are eligible and the matter is covered for office work or for a low-cost referral, you will be referred to an attorney who can assist you. The Plan is generally open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST.
On February 6, 2018, GM will announce the maximum profit sharing payment amount for eligible members who accrued 1,850 or more compensated hours during 2017. Per the Plan language, eligible members who accrued less than 1,850 compensated hours will receive a prorated share based on the number of accrued compensated hours.
Active members will receive the profit sharing payment in their February 23, 2018 paycheck. Eligible retiree (a retiree who worked and had compensated hours in 2017) payments will be paid on March 23, 2018.
Members do have the opportunity to contribute all or a portion of their payout in one percent increments up to 100 percent, or a flat dollar amount to their Personal Savings Plan (PSP) on a pre-tax basis, subject to tax law limitations. Deferral contribution elections will be accepted between 8:00 a.m. EST on January 26, 2018 and 4 p.m. EST on February 9, 2018. Elections can be made online at gmbenefits.com or by calling the GM Benefits & Services Center at 1-800-489-4646.
Please consider the following when deferring all or a portion of the Profit Sharing payout:
- Members must make a new deferral election during the window period.
- The payout is subject to FICA tax and Union dues.
- For active members receiving wages, the Profit Sharing contribution will be the percentage or flat dollar amount elected, provided other wages are enough to satisfy the FICA and Union dues obligations of the combined wages and Profit Sharing payout.
- For active members not receiving wages, the Profit Sharing contribution will be after FICA taxes and Union dues are deducted from the Profit Sharing payout.
- Any outstanding payroll or benefit overpayments, special court orders for child support arrearages, tax levies or similar obligations will be deducted from the Profit Sharing payout before any contributions are made to the PSP.
The following are not eligible to defer:
- Members on a leave of absence or layoff
- Members who are suspended from participating in the PSP
- Inactive members, including those who retired in 2017
- Members receiving payments less than $50
For more details and deferral examples, please refer to the Profit Sharing communication sent to members beginning January 25, 2018 based on their preferred method of communication on file at Fidelity.
In accordance with Paragraph (193b), General Motors has notified the Union of the following:
Eligible members that have unused vacation or holiday deferred hours from 2017, can expect to receive payment in Roll 4, payment date of January 26, 2018.
When employees view their pay statements for this payout, they may see up to 2-line items:
- VACPRO for unused vacation hours and
- HOL PRPO for unused holiday deferred hours
A file showing unused hours for each employee will be sent to the Labor Relations department at each plant on the evening of Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018. Employees who have a concern regarding the eligibility or amount of their payment should contact their Local Union Representative, who can work with the Labor Relations team to respond to the concern. Questions or concerns regarding the unused hours payout are not handled or answered by the payroll help desk.
In accordance with Paragraph (202g), employees who exceeded their allotment of vacation hours for 2017 will begin to see a $100 recovery from their paystub, starting with the check date Friday February 23, 2018. Employees who have been identified as being overpaid vacation hours in 2017 will receive an over payment letter within the 30 days following January 26, 2018.