Appendix “A”

The Appendix A Placement process and the use of temporary workers within the UAW-GM plants can sometimes be difficult to understand.
General Motors uses temporary workers for several different reasons. Some of the reasons include absentee replacements to cover for members that are on sick leave, FMLA, vacation, etc., product launch support, Monday – Friday (flex) support to allow members to have weekends off, temporary volume increases, etc. The duration and the number of temporary workers is approved by the National parties. There may be times temporary workers will be utilized in a facility where there is an anticipated future change to schedule as opposed to transferring members only to experience a possible layoff.
When a plant has a need for permanent employees the plant management will submit a requisition for manpower that once approved by the company follows the Appendix A Placement Process. When there are no seniority members eligible to transfer a new hire or temporary conversion will take place. There are also other times that a temporary conversion or new hire may take place, such as a backfill for a transfer or SAP attrition, special manpower agreements for specific plants, etc.
Currently we have a high number of temps in some of our plants due to summer vacation, backfill for the members that accepted the Special Attrition Plan, new product launches and other special causes. The National and Local Parties continuously analyze the use of temps and where appropriate the union demands the placement of a permanent member. So far in 2016 over 1,400 members have been relocated in accordance with Appendix A. Since each facility is unique specific questions can be directed to the Local Union or the UAW-GM Placement Department.