Happy Labor Day to all UAW-GM active and retired members. I hope you enjoy this Labor Day weekend and take time to reflect on the reason we celebrate this holiday.
At Nissan, we recently saw once again how powerful forces can intimidate unorganized workers to keep them from winning their union and a seat at the table. And we know from years of experience that having union rights and a contract with GM doesn’t mean we don’t have to fight every day to hold management accountable and respect our demands.
When organized and unorganized workers join together – whatever their differences – we can take on the 1 percent. We still haven’t gotten there, but I know one-day workers in this country will realize the full power of our humanity and come together in solidarity to make lasting social and economic change for ourselves, our communities, and our country.
CALLING ALL SAFETY HEROES! This year’s UAW-GM Safety Week will be held the week of August 28th thru September 1st. All UAW-GM represented worksites will be celebrating workplace AND product safety as part of this year’s Safety Week.
Safety is a part of everything we do and helping to keep ourselves, our UAW brothers and sisters, our customers and our families safe is a value we all hold.
To demonstrate that, we are asking all UAW-GM team members to make a personal commitment to the behaviors that will help keep us safe throughout the year and drive a strong safety culture by signing our commitment banner located at your worksite and becoming fully engaged in our UAW-GM Safety Week.
Join us in making this event a success at all our UAW-GM worksites and finding your personal motivation to be safe by living values that return people home safely. Every Person, Every Site, Every Day!
Due to a shift in the car market General Motors has adjusted the production schedules at many of our UAW-GM Plants. This has created some layoffs and the release of many temporary members. We have received many questions about temporary workers remaining in some facilities while members are laid off in others. While we have been able to accommodate many displaced members at other facilities in either permanent or temporary positions we have more work to do.
Attachment B to Appendix A of the 2015 UAW-GM National Agreement provides for temporary employees. Temporary help can be requested by the plant for such needs as vacation replacements, launch support, temporary volume increases, etc. The language also allows a calculated number of temporary help to back-fill for sick leaves, FMLA and unexcused absences. The third provision is for Monday-Friday workers to cover high absences on those days. Once approved by the National parties the plant may hire temporary help up to the number that has been approved. Appendix A Section VIII provides for laid off members in the area hire to fill these requests. The UAW has also reached an agreement with GM to offer laid off members outside of the area hire to fill these requests on a voluntary basis.
The UAW, International GM Department, Regional Offices and Local Unions, are constantly reviewing the needs at all the locals and pressuring the company to hire permanent members when there is a need. We will continue do our best to relocate all our laid off members and offer members that desire a transfer to another facility