April 2017 is Distracted Driver Awareness Month

Every day in the United States, 8 people are killed and over 1000 are injured in crashes that involve a distracted driver. The National Safety Council has recognized April 2017 as Distracted Driver Awareness month. The UAW-GM Health and Safety department invites all of our team to get the facts about this growing epidemic, and help put an end to the suffering caused by this preventable “Act of Distraction”. 

For more information visit the National Safety Council website at: http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/distracted-driving-awareness-month.aspx   

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Voluntary Long-Term Disability (LTD) Benefits

We are happy to announce, that as a result of the 2015 UAW GM national negotiations, a new self-paid voluntary Long Term Disability Program will be offered to certain hourly employees.  The enrollment period will begin on April 18, 2017, and conclude on May 12, 2017.

Active employees who are eligible to participate are:

  • In-Progression employees
  • Subsystems LLC employees
  • Traditional employees with less than 10 years of credited service
  • Employees on non-disability leave or layoff less than 6 months

For more information, go to https://enroll.benefitsconnect.net/gmltd


UAW member made vehicles voted Consumer Reports best in class!

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruz and 2017 Chevrolet Impala earned the honor of being named top cars in their class for 2017 by Consumer Reports. Graded on reliability, owner satisfaction, safety and a 50-point performance evaluation, the Cruze and Impala were named the top compact car and large sedan, respectively.

“If you look at the competitors, you look at Corollas or any other compact cars, there’s a lot that they could learn from the Cruze in terms of ride, quietness and just a substantial-feeling vehicle, along with having the latest infotainment, which again you can navigate. It’s not overwhelming. It’s well-laid out.”Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports director of automotive testing, said.

In regards to the Impala Fisher said  “I know when we first said the Chevy Impala was a top pick, there was a lot of confused faces,” Fisher said. “This is not the rental car version. This is the new version that they have which drives like a luxury vehicle, continues to be reliable and it’s just good owner satisfaction. It drives terrific.”

Congratulations to our UAW members at Local 1112 and 1714, Lordstown (Cruze), Local 22 Detroit Hamtramck (Impala) and all our members at our Stamping, Propulsion and GMCH facilities that supply products for these vehicles. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication that goes into building such high quality products!


GM February Sales Highlights

GM Grows Total and Retail Sales in February, Market Share up Sharply, Transaction Prices Set February Record  

Key Highlights  

  • GM Grows Total and Retail Sales in February — GM’s total sales were up 4 percent to 237,388 units compared with an estimated 1 percent decline for the industry. This equates to a market share of 17.5 percent, an increase of 0.9 percentage points.
  • Transaction Prices Set February Record   — all brands
  • GM estimates the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles was approximately 17.5 million units.”

Great work UAW-GM members on once again building high quality world class vehicles.

Suggestion Program Spotlight

The UAW-GM Suggestions Program is a program to recognize employees in North American facilities for their ideas. Ideas are evaluated and many are implemented because they remove waste, solve a problem or give an improvement in a process.

A suggestion can be submitted on a paper form or through the electronic system, GoStars. You must have an active GMID to access GoStars, the electronic system. A suggestion can be submitted by an individual or a team. So maybe during your next team meeting, get together and brain storm as to what suggestions your team can submit. That suggestion could solve a problem that took the team working collectively to resolve.

There is always room for improvement and the Suggestion Program is no different. We are currently updating the program, so look for new improvements to come!!