Workers Memorial Day

All workplace fatalities are avoidable. Through the collective bargaining process, we seek to make our workplaces safer and often negotiate stronger protections for our members than is required by federal, state, and local laws and guidelines. We do this because all workers should leave their workplace in the same health as when they arrived for work.

As we approach Workers Memorial Day on April 28, we know we have much more work ahead of us. Four UAW members died in workplace incidents since Workers Memorial Day 2015.  We mourn the loss of these members and send our condolences to their loved ones and coworkers.

These deaths serve as a reminder of the dangers of working alone, that team leaders’ duties and lean manufacturing objectives must be coupled with proper regard to safety, that malfunctioning or poorly designed machine guarding and presence-sensing devices must be reported to management and be promptly addressed. We must also do more to ensure that new safe working procedures are in place when maintenance tasks create new hazards.

UAW fatalities in the workplace April 28, 2015-Feb. 29, 2016:

May 5, 2015
Donald Megge, 53, Millwright
Jefferson North Fiat Chrysler Assembly
Local 7, Detroit, MI

Brother Megge was cleaning a filter press to remove solids from waste water when 
he was crushed between filter plates. Root causes included disconnected presence-
sensing devices, faulty circuits and working alone.

May 6, 2015
Lee Duncan, 41, Team Leader
Jefferson North Fiat Chrysler Assembly
Local 7, Detroit, MI

Brother Duncan was re-installing rear fascia on vehicles in a remote location. He 
was pushed by the vehicle conveyor and struck a metal locker head first. The 
medical examiner has stated the force of the blow lead to severe brain 
trauma. He died immediately.

January 22, 2016
Katherine White, 51, Team Leader
Carlex Glass America
Local 737, Nashville,TN 

Sister White was cleaning the ink applicator used to date stamp windshields. A 
shuttle that picks up auto glass and moves it to a robot pick point activated,
trapping her head between a shuttle rail and the conveyor. The crush point was
not guarded. There was no lockout procedure in use. She was pronounced dead at 
the scene.

February 2, 2016
Terry Bodenbender, Electrician
General Motors Foundry
Local 211, Defiance, OH

During the afternoon of Tuesday, February 2, 2016, the UAW-GM Center for Human 
Resources health and safety leadership were notified that a serious injury 
incident had occurred. Information obtained indicated that sometime at approx.
12:15 p.m. an accident had occurred while two employees were troubleshooting a 
15-ton crane. Brother Terry Bodenbender had sustained a fatal injury due to a 
fall from heights. He sustained severe blunt-force trauma injuries to his upper
torso and skull. he succumbed to his injuries Feb. 2, 2016 at the accident



Dependent Eligibility Audits

General Motors is conducting a Dependent Eligibility Audit to ensure that only eligible dependents are covered under GM Health Care, or listed as eligible whether currently enrolled or not.

Dependent Eligibility Audit – Amnesty Period

We are starting immediately with the Amnesty Period, which allows participants to:

  • Voluntarily report non-eligible dependents, and
  • Reporting a non-eligible dependent by May 13, 2016, will relieve participants from providing proof that their dependent remains eligible for GM Health Care.

Here Is What to Do: If you are aware that you have a dependent listed on your GM Health Care who is not eligible:

  • Contact the GM Benefits & Services Center toll-free at 800-489-4646 (TTY: 877-347-5225)
  • Customer Service Associates are available Monday through Friday (excluding all New York Stock Exchange holidays except Good Friday), from 7:30 m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time.
  • Ineligible dependents will be removed from your coverage. If not currently covered on your GM Health Care, they will be removed from future eligibility.
  • If you call by May 13, 2016, you will not be included in the upcoming Dependent Audit.

Dependent Eligibility Audit – After the Amnesty Period

If you have a dependent (even if not currently enrolled in GM Health Care), you will receive correspondence from HMS Employer Services, Inc. (HMS), the independent vendor and audit expert selected by GM. These letters will detail the steps and documentation required to retain eligibility for your listed dependents.

  • June 1, 2016: On or around this date, you will receive an audit notice from HMS that will require you to provide proof of eligibility for your dependents.
    • Documentation requirements will include either a copy of your most recently filed federal tax return, bank statement, or utility bill on which both you and your spouse’s names appear.
    • You will be provided details on how to submit documentation securely and easily by web upload, mail, or fax.
  • July 18, 2016: Your audit documentation materials will be due to HMS.
    • Upon submission, you will receive a confirmation receipt from HMS of your completed audit.
    • Failure to complete the audit will automatically result in your dependents, if applicable, being removed from your account and coverage.

It is important for you to know that HMS Employer Services, Inc. and GM are committed to protecting your private information. The documents are used solely to verify dependent eligibility so that only those who are eligible for coverage under the terms of GM’s Health Care are listed on your account. Further details regarding privacy and security will be provided in the letter from HMS.

If you have any questions on the dependent audit or eligibility, please call the GM Benefits & Services Center at 800-489-4646.

Covering ineligible dependents is a violation of eligibility guidelines and adds cost that you and GM share. We appreciate your participation in the audit and assistance in controlling the cost of your health care benefits.


GM Benefits & Services Center

Rules and Requirements for Appendix A transfers

In the 2015 National Negotiations the UAW was able to retain the rights of the UAW GM membership to transfer from one facility to another under Appendix A of the UAW GM National Agreement.  The intent of this letter is to inform the membership on the rules and requirements of the Appendix A process.  Any Seniority Member of the UAW GM membership is eligible to apply for a request to transfer.  In order to receive an offer to transfer each member must meet all of the criteria under Appendix A of the 2015 UAW Gm National Agreement.  The following bullet points are the requirements needed in order to be eligible to receive a transfer offer under Appendix A of the 2015 UAW GM National Agreement.

  1. You must be a member who has attained 2 years seniority within UAW GM.
  2. If a member has less than 2 years they are not eligible for transfer rights under Appendix A unless their facility is deemed to have excess employees (excess employees are members that are on an indefinite layoff).
  3. You must have an application to transfer to a location before the request for manpower is placed in the Employee Placement System (EPS).

The following is a list of criteria that will make an employee INELIGIBLE to transfer in EPS.

  1. If a member declines an offer in the area hire or extended area hire they will be ineligible to transfer for a period of six (6) months.
  2. If a member has accepted and area hire offer within the past six (6) months they will be ineligible until they have been at the new location for six (6) months.
  3. If a member has accepted an extended area hire and received a basic relocation allowance of $5,000.00 they will be ineligible until they have been at the new location for a period of one (1) year.
  4. If a member has accepted and extended area hire transfer and received an enhanced relocation allowance of $30,000.00 they will be ineligible for transfer until they have been at the new location for a period of three (3) years.