Manpower Update

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

UAW represented General Motors Active and Retired Member Discounts on Auto Insurance

As a UAW represented General Motors worker or retiree you are entitled to special discounts on your auto insurance.  To inquire, Michigan residents should call:1-888-525-7575.  Click the link below for more information.

Michigan residents auto insurance discount information

Non-Michigan residents, please call: 1-800-438-6388.  Click the link below for more information.

Non-Michigan residents auto insurance discount information

CVS Caremark Frequently Asked Questions Regarding GM Benefits

Q:  How do I register at
  Go to

Q: How do I order prescriptions after August 1, 2017?
Choosing how to fill your prescription depends on whether you are ordering a short-term or long-term medication:

  • For short-term medications (like an antibiotic), fill anywhere in our network of more than 68,000 pharmacies nationwide, including chain pharmacies, 20,000 independent pharmacies and 9,600 CVS Pharmacy locations (including those inside Target stores).


  • For long-term medications (such as for high blood pressure or diabetes), get them delivered to your door or pick them up at a CVS retail pharmacy.
    • To sign up for mail service, choose either option below:
      • Register at and follow the instructions to request a new 90-day prescription.
      • Call Customer Care at 1-844-379-1671
    • To pick up your 90-day supply at a CVS retail pharmacy, choose either option below:
      • Bring a new prescription to your local CVS Pharmacy location or have your prescriber submit a prescription to the CVS Pharmacy of your choice.
      • Call Customer Care at 1-844-379-1671


Q: How do I start using CVS Caremark Mail Service Pharmacy?
Beginning August 1, 2017 choose one of four easy ways:

  1. Phone: Call Customer Care toll-free at 1-844-379-1671.


  1. Online: Visit and sign in. Follow the guided steps to request a prescription. Once we have your information, we will contact your doctor for a 90-day prescription of your current medicine


  1. Fax: Prescriber can return a mail service order form via fax at 1-800-378-0323


  1. Mail: Fill out and return a mail service order form. You can download one at, or you can obtain one from Customer Care toll-free at 1‑844‑379‑1671


Q: Which medications can I fill through the CVS Caremark Mail Service Pharmacy?

A: Mail service is a convenient way to have 90-day supplies of your long-term medications shipped to you at no added cost. Mail service can save you both time and money—you don’t have to worry about making a trip to the pharmacy every 30 days, and 90-day supplies typically cost less than three 30-day supplies.


Q: How long does it take to receive my medications that I order through the CVS Caremark mail service?
For new prescriptions, it can take up to 10 days from the day you submit your order for delivery of your medication. Refills are usually delivered within seven days of placing your order. Although CVS Caremark processes the orders within a day or two, the exact delivery day is dependent on the U.S. Postal Service.

Q: How can I check the status of my refill order?
After August 1, 2017, you can check the status of your mail order refill for traditional medications by signing on to Click “My Account” on the top right of the page, then click “Prescription History and Order Status.” You can also call Customer Care toll‑free at 1-844-379-1671.

Q: Will I be reminded when it’s time to refill?
Yes. You can sign up for refill reminders in one of three ways:

  • Go online to
  • Use the CVS Caremark mobile app
  • Call Customer Care toll-free at 1-844-379-1671

Q: If I still have refills on my medications with my previous provider, will CVS Caremark handle those refills? Do I need a new prescription from my doctor?
 If you still have refills remaining on prescriptions being filled through Express Scripts, these open refills will be transferred to CVS Caremark.

NOTE: Exceptions include controlled substances because these prescriptions, by law, are not allowed to be transferred between prescription providers. Those impacted by this exception will receive a letter in the next couple of weeks explaining the process.

Q: I have a refill on a medication I obtained through a non CVS Pharmacy. Do I need to go to a CVS Pharmacy or do anything different to have it refilled?

A: Your refill information will be maintained by the retail pharmacy in which you originally filled the script.  You may refill that script at the same pharmacy or choose to have it transferred to another pharmacy in our network of more than 68,000 pharmacies nationwide, including chain pharmacies, 20,000 independent pharmacies and 9,600 CVS Pharmacy locations (including those inside Target stores). Regardless of which pharmacy you choose to refill your script, when refilling on or after August 1, 2017 you will need to present your new medical ID card.

Q: How can I check that my current pharmacy is in the CVS Caremark Retail Pharmacy Network?
 You can visit You can also call Customer Care toll-free at 1-844-379-1671.

Q: How can I find out how much my cost is going to be?
You can find out the cost of your drugs by visiting or by calling Customer Care at 1-844-379-1671. 

Q: What if I want to speak with a pharmacist?
You can speak to a pharmacist 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling Customer Care toll-free at 1-844-379-1671. When you call, you may be asked several questions to verify your identification.


**For more information please contact your Local Union Benefit Representative**


Congratulations to our GM members at Locals 598, 2209, and 5960 for earning top J.D. Power Awards!

J.D. Power Names Fort Wayne Assembly Highest Quality in the Americas:

General Motors Fort Wayne Truck Assembly plant earned the prestigious J.D. Power Gold Plant Quality Award and was recognized as delivering the highest-ranked automotive manufacturing quality in the Americas in 2017. The Chevrolet Silverado, Silverado HD and GMC Sierra and Sierra HD are produced at Fort Wayne Assembly.

“Our team builds the most exceptional full-size trucks in the business, assembling each vehicle as if it were our very own,” said Michael Thomas, Fort Wayne Assembly plant manager. “The men and women at Fort Wayne Assembly put the customer at the center of everything they do. Our customers can be assured that they have invested in a truck that will both delight and safely transport them and their loved ones for years.”

In addition to the plant quality award, the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado and Silverado HD earned Initial Quality segment awards. This marks the third consecutive year for Silverado and second consecutive year for Silverado HD.


GM Wins Four Segment Awards:

GM also won four vehicle awards, the second most of any corporation (tied with BMW). GM’s models received four segment awards for the Chevrolet Sonic built in Lake Orion, MI by members of Local 5960 and the Chevrolet Light and Heavy-Duty Pick-ups built in Flint, MI and Fort Wayne, IN by Local 598 and 2209 members.


In addition to those prestigious awards GM also has 11 models in the top ranking with Buick and Chevrolet both ranked in the top 10 in this year’s J.D. Power in the 2017 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study.


Congratulation’s to all our UAW-GM members and parts and components suppliers that helped contribute to this. Again our members have shown that are always committed to building high quality and dependable vehicles!

Important Apprenticeship Application Dates for GM Members


APPLICATION OPENS: 12:01 am EDT Friday, June 23, 2017

APPLICATION CLOSES: Midnight EDT Friday, June 30, 2017


The UAW / GM skilled trades include occupations in the following areas; Electrical, Mechanical and Engineering / Die Making trades.  More information on the trades is available during the application process.

As with all US-DOL registered apprenticeship training programs, the apprentice will enroll in, and complete required classroom training curriculum outlined by their local joint apprentice committee. To complete the apprenticeship requires approximately four (4) years of on the job training along with classroom courses. The blend of on the job training and classroom will vary by trade.

IMPORTANT: To be eligible for consideration, you must complete your application by Midnight EDT, Friday, June 30, 2017. NO Applications will be considered after this date. You must complete all steps in the application and receive a confirmation message to be considered.


  1. You must be an active GM member (i.e., permanent, temporary, flex) to apply. Not everyone will be tested. National Parties will determine who is invited based on a random drawing.
  2. If you previously applied AND tested, you DO NOT need to reapply, but may revisit your existing application to update your locations.
  3. If you never tested, you must complete a NEW application. (Existing applications without test scores will be deleted).
  4. If you tested BEFORE 2016 and DID NOT apply, you must complete a NEW application
  5. Seniority GM Employees are eligible to test two times. The higher test score will be used.
  6. Non-seniority applicants are eligible to test ONLY once.
  7. ALL parts of the application must be completed to be considered:
  • Contact information
  • Basic qualifications
  • Review Apprentice Preview website and answer knowledge check questions
  • Additional information (e.g. education, experience)

You will receive an online confirmation message upon successful completion.

  1. Do NOT complete application on mobile / cell phone.
  2. Not everyone will interview. A limited number of applicants who meet the test threshold will be selected for interview.


To create or update your application go to: 



GM Pharmacy Benefit Transitions to CVS Caremark

Effective August 1, 2017, GM’s Health Care Program in the U.S. will transition from Express Scripts to CVS Caremark for prescription drug management.

Why the change?
Health care costs continue to rise throughout the U.S. and prescription drug spending is the fastest-growing portion of those costs. Any increase in health care costs directly impacts you and the company. GM regularly reviews its benefits and benefit providers to ensure access to high-quality, efficient care. CVS Caremark was selected because it offers the most competitive pricing and exceptional customer experience. An improved experience is our shared goal.
Key Highlights:

  • Your benefit design remains the same.
  • You will continue to have access to a broad pharmacy network. There are more than 68,000 in-network pharmacies nationwide, including independent pharmacies, chain pharmacies, and 9,600 CVS pharmacy locations.


  • You will have a new option to fill a 90-day prescription from a CVS retail pharmacy, in addition to standard mail order. The “mail order” cost share will apply.
  • You can receive up to a 20% discount on thousands of CVS Pharmacy brand health-related items once you receive your discount card in early September.

What’s Next: 

  • In early July you will be receiving a welcome letter from CVS Caremark, including the new website and phone number. At that time, you’ll be able to find answers to your specific pharmacy questions.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) will be mailing new ID cards in mid to late July. The cards will have the pharmacy information and CVS Caremark phone number.

How to Prepare:

  • Watch your mail in July for the welcome letter from CVS Caremark followed by your new health care card from BCBSM.
  • Be prepared to show your new BCBSM card at the pharmacy beginning August 1, 2017.

We understand that your prescription drug benefit is very important to you and we are committed to make this transition a smooth one.

If you have any questions, please contact the GM Benefits & Services Center at 1-800-489-4646, Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern time, to speak with a Customer Service Associate or see your Local Union Benefit Representative.

Please look for the following postcard to come in the mail: 

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2017 Performance Bonus Lump Sum Payment


The payment of the Performance Bonus Lump Sum Payment (Paragraph (99)(a)) will be paid to eligible members in Roll 23 (week ending June 4, 2017) and distributed during week ending June 11, 2017.


The eligibility date for this payment is May 15, 2017. Members who were active, on FMLA, or temporary layoff on May 15, 2017, or went on a qualifying Leave of Absence within 90 days of May 15, 2017, are defined as eligible. Such eligible members shall receive a Lump Sum Payment of $1,000.

Eligibility for Partial Payment

Otherwise eligible members who retired or passed away during the twelve (12) month period prior to May 15, 2017 may be eligible for a partial payment (Paragraph (99)(b)). The payment schedule for deceased or retired members will be based on the following table:


Overtime Recalculation Payment 

The Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) dictates an overtime recalculation for the Performance Bonus Lump Sum Payment. The FLSA requires such bonuses to be rolled into the FLSA “regular rate” for the purpose of calculating overtime payments. The basic premise of the FLSA is that hours WORKED over 40.0 in a week must be paid at a minimum of time and one-half. When awards are based on a percentage of defined wages, this isn’t an issue because overtime payments are included in the definition. The Performance Bonus Lump Sum Payment is not based on a percentage of wages, so a portion of the bonus must be attributed to each hour worked to calculate overtime due to members.  

The overtime recalculation payment will be paid to eligible employees in Roll 24 (week ending June 11, 2017), and distributed during week ending June 18, 2017. Overtime recalculation payments tend to cause questions among the membership because the amounts paid to members vary, depending on the number of hours in excess of 40.0 the member worked each week, during the qualifying eligibility period (May 16, 2016 through May 15, 2017).    

If you have any questions concerning the Performance Bonus Lump Sum Payment, please contact your Local Union Representative.

MetLife Funeral Discount and Planning Services for GM Members

MetLife will now offer a new funeral discount and planning services through Dignity Memorial effective June 1, 2017. Through Dignity Memorial, employees, retirees and their spouses as well as extended family (children, parents, grandparents and great-grandparents) will have access to counselors as well as discounts on funeral services through a network of funeral homes and cemetery providers in the United States.


Services include:

  • Discounts of up to 10% off funeral, cremation, and cemetery services provided through a Dignity Memorial funeral home
  • Unlimited access to Dignity’s comprehensive end-of-life planning tool and resource library
  • Professional funeral consultants to help your employees and their families make confident decisions
  • Planning services to help make final wishes easier to manage
  • Bereavement Travel Services to assist with time-sensitive travel arrangements to be with loved ones (when services are provided through a Dignity Memorial location)
  • Some State specific rules apply:
  • No funeral discounts available in the states of KY, NY, SD and WY
  • In states of MI and TN – funeral discount is only available upon planning for the already deceased (not for pre-planning of funeral arrangements)
  • All other states…discounts apply for planning either before or after death


For more information: Dignity Funeral Planning  or visit

Change in GM Hourly Direct Deposit Process

IMPORTANT:  Change in GM Hourly Direct Deposit Process effective Monday, June 12, 2017 

In an effort to enhance security and to protect their employees from any potential harmful fraudulent activity, GM Payroll is making the following changes to the direct deposit processing for hourly employees effective Monday, June 12, 2017:

  • All hourly employees will be required to make changes to their direct deposit information through the Employee Self Service (ESS) system that is currently in place. Paper forms will no longer be accepted by the payroll processing team after this date.  Instructions for using the ESS system are included below.


  • We are also encouraging our employees to update their Federal and State W-4 forms through ESS.

The Benefits of Employee Self Service (ESS) include:

  • A single, secure ADP portal where an employee’s confidential payroll and tax information is stored.
  • ESS is easy-to-navigate and is available 24-7, regardless of where the employee is located.
  • ESS is accessed using the same login and password the employee has set up for IPay.
  • The ability to quickly and securely change banking and W4 information online.
  • Eliminates the need for paper forms.
  • Changes are made immediately.
  • Enhanced security, no risk of forms with personal information getting lost, misplaced, or compromised.


ESS Accessibility:


Please note that the ESS site cannot be accessed through IPay, even though the employee will use their IPAY login credentials.  They must use the specific URL above.  

All employees have the ability to register with IPay and the ESS Portal to make banking and W-4 changes online.  This is by far the fastest and most secure way of making changes.  We are requiring employees to update bank information online through the portal to eliminate the need for the paper form.

If you have any questions, please contact the Payroll Help Desk at 866-245-5957.

ESS User Instructions

2017 GM Vacation Shutdown Information


As you know, the National Agreement provides for up to two (2) weeks of Vacation Shutdown during the prime time of the year, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, or, with the local union’s agreement, during other weeks more advantageous to plant operations.  Please see the supplemental information regarding the 2017 Vacation Shutdown Weeks Schedule if your plant has been scheduled to be down.

We have included a chart to simplify the usage of required vacation entitlement.  Any questions should be referred to your bargaining representative.

Supplemental Information Regarding the 2017 Plant Vacation Shutdown Weeks Schedule


Employee pay (EFT or paycard) for the PVSW will be provided as normal payrolls for the week(s).

Waiver of Pay

VE pay can be waived for the Plant Vacation Shutdown Week(s).  If an employee wants to waive pay for approved time off, the employee must submit the “Waiver of Vacation Time Off Payment” card at least two days in advance of the scheduled time off and it must be for the entire period of approved time off.  If ATO is credited to an employee and later used, the employee may request to waive pay in the same manner as described above by submitting the “Waiver of Vacation Time Off Payment” card.

Absence Coding in the Timekeeping Systems

The Group Leader is responsible for coding the absences in accordance with the requests & approvals for each employee.  Absences should be coded using the advanced scheduling module of either GMTKS or Kronos.


Required Vacation Entitlement Usage

Temporary employees do not have Vacation Entitlement hours and should be coded L05 in PeopleSoft for the duration of the Plant Vacation Shutdown Week(s).

Employees entitled to Vacation Entitlement pursuant to Par. 191 will be required to apply such entitlement to the Plant Vacation Shutdown Week(s) as follows:

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For plants that are not operating and a discipline occurs prior to a PVSW, and would otherwise extend into a PVSW time period, the disciplinary period will stop during the entire period of the shutdown and will resume when the plant resumes operation following the shutdown period.

Short Term Military Leave / Bereavement / Jury Duty

Employees on Short Term Military Leave, Bereavement, or Jury Duty during a PVSW:

–     Those who are not scheduled to work will not be required to utilize VE on those                 days.

–      Those who are scheduled to work will be handled in the normal manner.


7 Day Operators

7-Day Operators will be neither advantaged nor disadvantaged as a result of scheduled Plant Vacation Shutdown Weeks.

Alternative Work Schedules

Employees on alternative work schedules will be neither advantaged nor disadvantaged as a result of scheduled Plant Vacation Shutdown Weeks.

Skilled Trades – Subcontracting

The scheduling of Plant Vacation Shutdown Weeks does not relieve management of its obligations under the subcontracting provisions of the GM-UAW National Agreement.  Therefore, if work has been contracted out due to a lack of manpower or insufficient time to complete the work, employees involved in those trades should have the opportunity to be fully employed during the shutdown period if we are to avoid possible grievances.  If the work was contracted for other reasons (skills, equipment, cost), then the above considerations would not apply.

Plant Vacation Shutdown Week(s)

Local Management will notify the Shop Committee of its decision to schedule no more than two (2) Plant Vacation Shutdown Weeks, and will identify the specific week or weeks such shutdown will occur.  Plant Management may schedule the Plant Vacation Shutdown Weeks to take place during any week between Memorial Day and Labor Day, or, with the local union’s agreement, during other weeks more advantageous to plant operations.



Sickness and Accident (S&A) Benefits

Sickness and Accident (S&A) benefits will be issued under normal weekly procedures during the Plant Vacation Shutdown Period.  The GM Benefits & Services Center will be open to process claims, except for July 4, 2017.

Employees on sick leave during the Plant Vacation Shutdown Week(s), who are found able to return to work during the PVSW, will have S&A benefits suspended in accordance with existing procedures.  Such employees should be scheduled for vacation and may be entitled to Holiday Pay, if applicable, for the remainder of the PVSW period following the suspension of S&A benefits, if otherwise eligible.  However, if an employee becomes disabled during the PVSW and disability benefits are subsequently paid, any holiday pay/vacation pay the employee received for the same period is overpaid.  The plant location and Sedgwick should coordinate to ensure any overpayments are properly determined and collected

S&A benefits for salaried employees should be paid only for the period covered by the supporting medical evidence in the employee’s S&A claim file.  Salaried S&A checks will be processed under regular payroll guidelines.

Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ Compensation (WC) payments will be processed in the routine manner during the Plant Vacation Shutdown Weeks. The GM Benefits & Services Center will be open to process and pay workers’ compensation claims with the exception of July 4, 2017.

Supplemental Unemployment Benefits (SUB)

SUB benefit payments will be processed in the routine manner during the Plant Vacation Shutdown Weeks.  The GM Benefits & Services Center will be open to process benefit applications with the exception of July 4, 2017.

Unemployment Compensation

Seniority employees, who are otherwise active and not at work during the Plant Vacation Shutdown Week(s) should generally be either on vacation or, in the case of employees entitled to less than 100 hours of VE (see above), on an unpaid leave, and not eligible to receive state unemployment compensation (UC) for the shutdown weeks.  However, eligibility to receive UC, is determined by the State.  If an employee receives both GM vacation pay and a state UC payment (including a state UC Waiting Week Credit) for the same week, you should be guided by Paragraph (202g) of the National Agreement regarding the recovery of the resulting GM overpayment.