The purpose of this communication is to address some of the discussions around the Appendix “A” transfer process contained within the current 2011 UAW-GM National Agreement. There have been numerous postings on social media which are simply not accurate. Therefore, we will summarize how the process works as well as some specific events which have occurred.
The process begins when a facility identifies a need for people. The joint parties submit a REQUISITION for manpower to Senior GM manufacturing leadership.
Once the Requisition is approved, it is sent to the National Employee Placement Center (NEPC) for processing.
Once received, the NEPC runs a Roster which is comprised of all eligible members who have made application for that facility.
Finally, the NEPC simply simply follows the flowchart found in the 2011 UAW-GM National Agreement on page #201 and extends job offers to the most senior eligible applicants.
Examples of Specific Placement activity currently misunderstood on Social Media:
The events surrounding the near closure of the Spring Hill Manufacturing Site had tremendous impact on our members. It is very important to understand the events which occurred to this location as well as what has been done thus far to return our members closer to home.
During the 2009 timeframe, General Motors made a corporate decision consistent with their authority under Paragraph 8 of the National Agreement and decided to move the production of the Chevrolet Traverse from Spring Hill to Lansing Delta.
The International UAW negotiated a Paragraph 96 move which allowed 485 members (435 Production, 50 Skilled Trades) to follow the product to LDT and retain employment. There were also an additional 301 members (298 Production, 3 Skilled Trades) who chose to accept transfer to several other locations around the country.
Additionally, there were a number of members who chose not to transfer and consistent with the National Agreement retained recall rights to Spring Hill.
During 2011 Bargaining, the UAW successfully negotiated product allocations for Spring Hill and quite frankly, saved the entire facility from closure. We convinced the company to deviate from the Flex/Core staffing agreement and recalled 343 people back to Spring Hill. Keep in mind, it was the Flex/Core agreement which made it possible for Spring Hill to win the Chevrolet Equinox work from Canada and the all new Cadillac SRX work from Mexico.
Next, we worked with GM to move an additional 293 former Spring Hill Members to the Corvette assembly facility in Bowling Green, KY. We fully understand, Bowling Green is not their home, however, all people must clearly understand, you cannot move people into locations where there are no openings. To date, the International UAW has successfully convinced GM to move 636 of our hardworking members home, or at least as close as possible.
Finally, please understand, we know we still have members who are working in locations which are not their homes. We are still negotiating with the company on this topic and sincerely hope to reach an agreement which meets the needs of our displaced membership.
Recently, there have been several Appendix “A” transfer situations which has included Lake Orion, Flint, Saginaw, and Lansing Delta. In each of these events, the flowchart on page #201 of the National Agreement was followed.
Saginaw Metal Casting Operations submitted a requisition for 50 people. All 50 of those openings were filled by seniority members from Lake Orion. Here are the events which occurred.
Lake Orion began a line-speed decrease which resulted in a reduction of workforce. This caused Lake Orion to be placed in the category of a plant with excess employees. Following the flowchart, the job offers were made to eligible members at that facility who applied for Saginaw, in seniority order, Highest Seniority first.
The next event was a requisition of 50 people submitted by Flint Assembly. Once again, the flowchart on page #201 was followed. These openings were filled by 41 members from Lake Orion and 9 members from Lansing Delta Township.
As in the previous event , Lake Orion was a plant with excess members, the NEPC followed the agreement and made job offers to the Highest Eligible Seniority members with application for Flint Assembly.
We recommend when questions arise on these or any other contractual matters, contact your local union leadership. We are confident they will take the time to investigate and explain the situation. Furthermore, as always, the International UAW Staff in each Region and the National Departments are willing to help with any situation that arises.