GM Investments and Legal Services Statment

Earlier this week General Motors announced investments of $552 million for key U.S. manufacturing facilities located in Tonawanda, Local 774, Lockport, Local 686, and Rochester, N.Y., Local 1097, and Parma, Ohio Local 1005.
UAW GM Vice President Cindy Estrada noted, “the UAW’s negotiations with GM to reinvest in the Tonawanda, Rochester, Lockport and Parma plants have paid off not only for our members but also for those communities. Our strategic bargaining efforts will keep and grow great American auto manufacturing jobs in places that have seen too much manufacturing disappear and will solidify the job security our members deserve.”
“We here in UAW Region 9 want to thank the General Motors Company for their confidence to invest in our 3 New York facilities in Tonawanda, Rochester and Lockport. This investment will benefit the communities of these Upstate New York GM facilities and are reflections of the local Leadership of the UAW and General Motors and our great UAW membership at these locations,” said UAW Region 9 Director Terry Dittes.
UAW Region 2B Director Ken Lortz agrees, “for Parma and Ft. Wayne today’s investment news continues to create good, stable jobs for our family and communities’ economic future. Through the collective bargaining process UAW members at Parma stamping and in Ft. Wayne have secured long term commitments to continue to produce world class products for General Motors.”
These investments include:
·         UAW Local 774, Tonawanda Engine – $295.9 million for future engine production
·         857 retained and 67 new jobs
·         UAW Local 686, Lockport – $31.86 million for components
·         320 retained jobs (incl. 13 salaried)
·         UAW Local 1097, Rochester – $5.9 million components
·         20 retained jobs
·         UAW Local 1005, Parma Metal Center – $218 million for new presses, dies and sub-assemblies
·         140 retained jobs
Also, this week the UAW President Dennis Williams gave a statement on the Legal Service Plan.
“I am pleased to announce that the UAW has finalized the documents with GM, Ford and FCA that establish the new Legal Services Plan that was bargained during the most recent round of negotiations with the Big 3. Benefits covered under this plan will include a variety of office legal services as outlined in the collective bargaining agreements and are available to all eligible active members, retirees and surviving spouses.
I would like to commend Vice Presidents Settles, Vice President Estrada and Vice President Jewell along with their respective national negotiating teams on their hard work at the bargaining table on behalf of our well deserving members.
The Legal Services Plan is expected to begin operations as early as January of 2017.  The specific dates and details of the plan will be communicated as the implementation begins.”
See a previous post on UAW GM Talks concerning the tax on the Legal Service Plan.