Dear Brothers and Sisters:
As we prepare to start a new year, I am reminded of a question that civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs would often ask: “What time is it on the clock of the world?”
Today, on the clock of the world, three people own as much wealth as the bottom 50 percent of our country – about 160 million people. NAFTA is unchanged, workers are still hurting from unfair global trade practices, production and sales of electric and autonomous vehicles are expected to break records in 2018, union density in our country is at about 6 percent, and Trump’s NLRB is flipping the few decisions that were fairer to workers to get union density closer to zero.
Through all of this, we have made the highest quality vehicles and parts and provided great service. We have had to make short-term sacrifices for long-term security. We have stood together through deep financial challenges and tough negotiations. We have watched our UAW GM membership go from yesterday’s 300,000 to today’s 50,000. We have tried to honor our past as we look together at a very different future.
No one can predict what will happen tomorrow, but we do know that the solidarity our union creates is a gift we must give to each other every day, so we can face and address tomorrow’s challenges together. No one can destroy our solidarity unless we allow it. And we can never allow that to happen.
Have a safe and restful holiday season with your family and friends.
Vice President and Director
UAW General Motors and Women’s Departments
UAW-GM Produced Vehicles:
UAW GM members build vehicles in almost every segment of the auto market. Listed are the vehicles that were produced by our members in 2017, but did you know there is another way to tell? See the graphic below for some handy tips on how to read your VIN!
HERE’S HOW TO TELL WHERE YOUR VEHICLE WAS ASSEMBLED
Making heads or tails of a VIN can be tricky. Many manufactures often try to hide that their products are not made in the USA. To help break it down take a look at the graphic below. It is interesting to note that the second spot tells you who manufactured your vehicle if you find a G then you will know General Motors was the manufacturer. The eleventh spot on the VIN tells you what plant assembled your vehicle. For more information on reading a VIN you can visit: https://uaw.org/deciphering-the-vin/
GM members who currently have an open Area Hire, Extended Area Hire or a Return to Former Community Application who wish to transfer to another plant must enter a new application in the Employee Placement System, no matter how recently they submitted their current application.
You will first have to cancel your current application, but you will be able to immediately resubmit your application. This will prevent the NEPC from deleting your application during the annual purge of the system and will ensure you will not miss the opportunity you’re waiting for to transfer when it arises.
For more information about the process visit: https://uawgmtalks.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/gm-employee-placement-annual-refresh/
Please contact the UAW Placement Department at (313) 324-5000 if you have any questions.