2016 NEPC Application Purge

In accordance with the provisions of the UAW-GM National Agreement and in order to better understand employee’s interest in transfer opportunities, improve the Employee Placement Systems performance and enhance process efficiency, the National Parties have agreed to an Employee Placement System “Refresh” (closure) of all open Area Hire, Extended Area Hire and Return to Former Community Employee Placement System Applications effective December 31st, of each calendar year.

Employees currently listed on open plant requisitions will not be removed from those list as a result of this action.  They will remain on those requisition list until the actual requisition is closed.

Employees 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.

Beginning December 1st, of each calendar year, the Employee Placement System will be available for you to enter your new application.  Plant Requisitions processed on or after December 31st will take into account only the new open applications filed on or after December 1st in the Employee Placement System.

 

Employees who apply will receive jobs offers in accordance with the provisions of the 2015 National Agreement.  Employees will also continue to be allowed to select multiple plants on the same Area Hire, Extended Area Hire and Return to Former Community Application.

 

Please note that any time you receive a job offer to another location, whether you choose to accept or decline a job offer, all of your applications on file will be closed.  As a result you will have to enter new applications identifying all the plants you would like to transfer to in the Employee Placement System if you have interest in future transfer opportunities to other plants.

 

Please contact the UAW Placement Department at (313) 324-5000 or National Employee Placement Center at (586) 986-6486 if you have any questions.

 

 

National Employee Placement Center

General Motors Q3 Earnings Anouncement

The Company this week is reporting an outstanding third quarter that set these quarterly records. These results would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the UAW-GM membership!

EBIT-adjusted of $3.5 billion and EBIT-adjusted margin of 8.3 percent; net income of $2.8 billion; earnings per share-diluted-adjusted of $1.72; and adjusted automotive free cash flow of $3.5 billion.

In addition, revenue rose 10 percent year-over-year to an all-time record of $42.8 billion.

Here are other highlights of the third quarter:

  • EBIT-adjusted in North America was $3.5 billion – a Q3 record – and EBIT-adjusted margin was 11.2 percent.
  • Equity income was $0.5 billion in China on record sales and cost discipline.
  • And return on invested capital-adjusted was up 4.6 points to an all-time record of 30.6 percent

 

November Holidays 2016

Mark your Calendars – 4 (Four) Upcoming November Holidays

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 – Federal Election Day – Negotiated paid holiday – Having this day off allows our members an opportunity to cast their ballot and actively work with their locals and Regions to make a difference on Election Day 2016.  Please contact your Local Union Representatives or Regional CAP Coordinator for information on activities in your area that you can participate in this Election Day.  Get out the Vote – Together We Win!

Friday, November 11, 2016 – Veteran’s Day – in 2015 UAW-GM negotiations, our Membership submitted a resolution to have the Veteran’s Day holiday observed on actual Veteran’s Day.  Your bargaining team was successful with that endeavor and November 11, 2016 is our paid holiday to honor our Veteran’s.  Veterans – Thank you for your service!

Thursday & Friday, November 24th & 25th, 2016 – Thanksgiving Day & Day after Thanksgiving – Negotiated paid holidays to allow our members time off to enjoy Thanksgiving with their families.  Wishing you all a very safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Special Compensation and Benefit Treatment for UAW members Called to Special Active Duty in Armed Forces

 

General Motors and the UAW have approved an extension of the enhanced compensation and benefit provisions for employees in reserve components of the Armed Forces called to special active duty as a result of the incidents occurring on September 11, 2001.  They are effective immediately.

Pay, minus applicable reductions, will be extended to cover time a UAW GM member spends on special active duty through September 30, 2017.  In addition, eligibility and participation in certain benefit coverages, e.g., Health Care and Basic Life Insurance, will be allowed during this same time period on the same basis as if you were actively at work.

Each member who is on a military leave of absence or will be on military leave of absence due to call-up related to the tragic incidents occurring on September 11, 2001, should contact your local Human Resources representative as soon as possible to clarify the handling of pay and benefit matters.

If you are currently on or are called to Special Active Duty, these provisions are very important to you.  Please contact your local union representative if you have questions or need clarification.

Skilled Trades Employment Opportunities

The following UAW-GM locations have openings for skilled trades. Employees must satisfy the conditions as outlined in Paragraph 178 of the current UAW-GM Agreement and have experience as a matching trade. Offers will be made to volunteers in seniority order from plants with excess. Employees may be eligible for a one time relocation allowance of up to $30,000. If you are interested in one of these opportunities, you should apply by using the Employee Placement System atwww.uawgmjas.org.

Trades Openings

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.

Hourly Employment Pre-Employment Assessment Program Update

The UAW has had much conversation with General Motors about their “no retest” policy and how the union feels a candidate deserves another chance to apply for a job within the company. GM has notified the union of a change to this policy. Effective immediately, GM is establishing a “re-test” policy for the Hourly Employment Pre-Employment Assessment program. This will allow candidates that did not pass the assessment to “re-apply” after 12 months (1 year). Keep in mind, these candidates will have to re-apply to an open job posting and will not be given preferential treatment and will be randomly selected for testing, per the normal selection process.

Also, candidates that have already tested, were unsuccessful and it has been 1 year or more since their failed assessment can re-apply to any current Job Postings, but again, they will not receive preferred treatment and will be randomly selected for assessment per the normal process.

**SPOUSE AUDIT: IMPORTANT DEADLINE REMINDER **

A grace period has been granted to provide employees additional time to submit required documentation for spouses enrolled in the GM Health Care Program for Hourly Employees. If you have not submitted proof of current marital status for your spouse enrolled in health care coverage, the deadline has been extended to August 8, 2016. If you do not provide proof of marital status by August 8, your spouse (and applicable step-children) will be removed from coverage effective September 1, 2016. If you are unsure whether you have completed the audit requirements, contact the GM Benefits & Services Center at 1-800-489-4646 (select the Dependent Verification option) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

Employee Placement Update

  1. Year to date General Motors has relocated a total of 1,391 UAW-GM members.
    • 836 members within their Area Hire
    • 555 members in the Extended Area Hire
  2. Eligible UAW-GM members can visit http://www.uawgmjas.org and then click on Employee Placement to make an application to transfer.
  3. So far in 2016 General Motors has hired 2,097 permanent production members.
  4. Skilled Trades
  • Since the beginning of 2016 General Motors has hired 368 new UAW Represented, General Motors Skilled Trades personnel.
  • There are still many immediate Skilled Trades openings throughout the company and throughout the country. Look for postings inside the plant that list the sites with skilled trade openings.
  • Experienced crafts persons outside of UAW-GM can go to  gm.appone.com, click the link for ‘skilled trades jobs’ and search by trade classification and location to make an application. Die Makers, Electricians with PLC and Robotics experience, Metal Model makers and other engineering and experimental skilled trades are in high demand and have openings.

Preventing Workout Injuries

A workout injury can happen to anyone, no matter the level of fitness or experience level. Even walking can cause an injury. The following workout precautions can significantly cut your risk of getting hurt  .

Common Workout Injuries

People hurt themselves in all kinds of ways when they work out. Common workout injuries include:

  • muscle pull and strain
  • sprained ankle
  • shoulder injury
  • knee injuries
  • shin splint
  • Tendinitis
  • wrist sprain or dislocation

Preventing Workout Injuries

Here are guidelines for avoiding injuries during a workout:

Warm-up and cool-down. Every workout should begin with a warm-up and end with a cool-down. A warm-up helps the body get ready for exercise. It gradually increases heart rate and loosens muscles and joints. Some ways to warm up:

  • ride an exercise bike
  • jump rope
  • jog in place for 5 to 10 minutes

A cool-down after a work out is important to slowly bring down the heart rate. Walking for 5 to 10 minutes after a workout is one way to cool down.

Stretch. Do dynamic stretching before and after a workout. This will help increase flexibility. It’s best to stretch after you warm up and cool down.

Ease into it. When beginning an exercise routine or starting a new workout program, start slowly. Gradually build up the intensity, duration, and frequency.

Don’t push too hard. As fitness abilities increase,  you can increase the challenge.

Cross-train. Vary the workout. Don’t overuse one set of muscles. Repeating the same muscle movements frequently can lead to overuse and repetitive-use injuries such as shin splints and tendinitis.

Would you like more information on starting a fitness program?  Try taking the Begin a Simple and Healthy Fitness Program course on www.lifesteps.com.  Source: WebMD.