2020 UAW Member Survey

UAW families have faced incredible challenges in 2020 that have impacted our communities, our jobs, and our way of life.

As we head into the second half of this year, we want to hear directly from members about how we can strive to better serve you in the weeks and months to come. To do that, we've launched our official 2020 UAW Member Survey.

From questions about the impact that the COVID-19 crisis has had on you and your family, to understanding your legislative and issue-based priorities, we want to give members the opportunity to make your voices heard on the issues that matter most to you.

Click here to take a few moments to fill out the 2020 UAW Member Survey now.

Your time and answers are incredibly valuable to us, and we will be reading through every single response to help leadership better understand the issues and actions that should drive our union in the weeks and months ahead.

Thank you for your willingness to participate in the betterment of your union. Take a few moments to complete the 2020 UAW Member Survey now.

JUNE 29, 2020


The Shop Committee would like to thank all the members who participated in the Local Contract Ratification vote on 6/18-19/2020. With the passing of this agreement it, has given Arlington Assembly stability in the next rounds of Product Allocation and helped to fortify the future of the facility and the membership. We recognize that not everyone was in support of the agreement and we are listening to your concerns. Working every Saturday was particularly stated from the membership for the reason of non-support, and the membership’s desire to go to an Overtime Plan A (two (2) Saturdays on and one (1) Saturday off).


The MOU that was agreed upon by the International parties and General Motors has had Arlington Assembly working a 6-day schedule for almost 5 years now. Locally, we have tried to offset this burden by doing Overs and Unders on Saturdays to facilitate more people off as well as onboarded three hundred fifty (350) temporary employees to give and extra 10% off on top of the vacation allotment of 7% giving us the ability to have 17% off in total on Saturdays (not including the Overs and Unders).

Management has notified us that if the MOU is withdrawn, there will no longer be a need for the Over & Under process or the (350) temporary employees and everyone will be required to be at work two (2) out of three (3) Saturday’s. The Shop Committee is here to serve the membership and to execute the membership’s desires.

Once again, the Shop Committee has petitioned the International about the six (6)-day MOU that was agreed to by the International Parties and General Motors on May 15, 2015, and our desire for it to be removed, we stand in Unity on this issue.


Also, in the near future, there will be an adjustment in the production schedule at some of the General Motors Assembly plants and this could result in us taking in transfers to meet current launch manpower needs. Certain plants will be going down for multiple weeks while others are either losing a shift or shutting down to retool all together. Here is a list of plants in excess:

Fairfax Assembly – Shut Down for 2 weeks – 3 weeks

Detroit Hamtramck – Shut Down for 52 weeks to retool for electric vehicles

Spring Hill Assembly – Elimination of a shift

Lancing Grand River Assembly – Shut Down for 4 weeks

In the coming weeks as the shutdowns start, we will be notified how many, if any, of the Appendix A transfers we will be getting at Arlington Assembly.

In Solidarity,
​Unit 1 (GM) Shop Committee

JUNE 29, 2020

Due to the most recent data on the Covid -19 outbreak, the Bargaining Committee has asked General Motors to shut down Arlington Assembly until the curve is flattened for the benefit and well-being of our members. Every day we are setting new records in the number of people who are testing positive in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Although General Motors has put safeguards in place, the Center for Disease Control has repeatedly said that the only true way to stop the spread of this virus is to stay at home. The safety and well-being of our members here in Arlington is our utmost concern. Therefore, we are asking that if anyone has come in contact with someone who has tested positive, or feels that Management has not handled your issue properly, to please call 972-647-1282 Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM to provide the following information:

1. Your full name, GMIN, department and shift

2. Whether you have tested positive

3. If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive

4. Whether GM has handled your issues properly?

In Solidarity,

Unit 1 (GM) Shop Committee


Please note that going forward the membership will only be able to access the Employee Placement System (EPS) by first signing into Socrates.

To access the Employee Placement System, members should:

1. Login to https://socrates.gm.com

2. Click on the "Personal" tab (located in the blue line near the top of the screen) for a dropdown menu.

3. Under "Career" will be the portal for the Employee Placement System

4. Click on "Employee Placement System" and from there members will be redirected to their home screen in EPS where they can make application for their desired transfer locations.

Members should pay close attention to the locations identified as Area Hire [AH], Extended Area Hire [EAH], and, if eligible after a non-voluntary move, Return to Former Community [RTFC] there is no limit to the number of locations they can select.

If members are having trouble logging into Socrates ( https://socrates.gm.com ), they should contact GMIT Help Desk at 1-888-337-2400 or their Personnel Department.


Starting Monday, June 29, 2020, there will be one (1) UAW/GM Benefit Representative at the Union Hall to answer TELEPHONE CALLS FOR RETIREES ONLY as follows:

Monday (Retiree Calls Only)

9:00 AM to 1:30 PM


Thursday (Retiree Calls Only)

9:00 AM to 1:30 PM


Because these dates and times are for RETIREE PHONE CALLS ONLY,​ we ask that you do not come to the Union Hall due to the Covid-19 virus.

​Thank you for your cooperation with the Benefit Representative.


There have been a lot of questions and concerns around COVID since all shifts returned. There have been multiple scenarios and the processes are changing daily as the Shop Committee is trying to address each issue as we receive them. As most of you know, your Shop Committee, except for Jim Robinson has been quarantined as of 6/19/20 – 7/2/20. This is not a rumor and was not intentionally kept a secret. A member of the Shop Committee tested positive and, as a precaution, other members of the Committee were placed on quarantine.

Some of the things the Shop has suggested to assist with some of your questions and concerns and that have been put in place are the following:

Question: Why is GM not communicating who has tested positive?

Answer: 1. Signs are being put up at every entrance regarding positive cases.

2. Area(s) should be cleaned immediately when any employee comes forward and says that they do not feel well and medical sends them out to get tested and waiting for results. This is a way to inform employees that an employee could potentially have COVID without violating any HIPPA laws.

Question: Why didn’t I get traced and I came in contact with an employee who tested positive?

Answer: 1. Based on names given by the employee who is positive and how questions are answered to Medical determines how your situation is handled and if an employee will be traced.

Question: Why am I not getting paid for COVID?

Answer: 1. There are 3 additional ways to get paid besides an employee using Vacation or going out on Sick Leave.

a. Up to 3 days, if employee goes through Medical and Medical decides you need testing.

b. Up to 14 days due to Tracing. This means an employee in the plant has tested positive and a Trace Data was implemented.

c. 60% pay, if employee is living with someone who has tested positive. Please note: Documentation will be required to validate residency.

Question: What options do I have if I feel unsafe?

Answer: 1. We have LOA forms available and employee must meet one of the items that is listed on the form. Employees can request a form from their Representative.

Unfortunately, COVID is a worldwide issue, not just a GM or individual issue. No one wants to be here, and we all have concerns. The decisions are made above us so, we must all try to stay safe for our families inside and outside of GM.

If anyone has concerns, questions, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to bring them to us for a resolution.

In Solidarity,

Your Shop Committee

unit 1 (gm) shop chairperson's report
june 12, 2020



We would like to inform the membership that we have had a Positive COVID-19 case that was reported on the 1st Shift in the chassis Department. The individual worked on 1st Shift up until 6/5/2020. After going home that evening, the individual started to feel ill and went to seek medical attention. They were tested and received a positive result on 6/7/2020. Management has initiated trace data and determined the individuals whom the person came in contact with who require testing. If you are not on Medical's list for testing but still have concerns or if you just want to get tested for Covid-19, you can call 512-883-2400 to set up an appointment. We want to make sure that all individuals and their families stay safe and that we be our Brother's keeper while going through this pandemic.


We will be conducting informational meetings on the Tentative Local Agreement in the PEOPLE CENTER on June 16, 2020, and June 17, 2020. The meeting times are 6:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 2:30 PM on both days. There will be a question and answer period after each meeting in which the membership can ask the Shop Committee questions about the Tentative Agreement. Due to social distancing, there may be limited seating so, please arrive early.

We will be holding a vote on the Local Contract beginning on June 18, 2020, at 5:00 AM until June 19, 2020, 5:00 AM. Voting locations will be in the People Center (A-11), Cafeteria (V-5), Body Shop and Stamping (AX-20).

In Solidarity,



unit 1 (GM) shop chairperson's report


We would like to extend a warm welcome back to all our members. We ask that, as you return, please be on the lookout for safety issues there has been a lot of work done throughout the plant and we want to make sure that first and foremost our members are safe. We are in challenging times as we deal with Society’s woes as well as the COVID-19 Pandemic. Many people believe that it is too soon to return to work while we are still under a Pandemic the International Union and the Local Union also share this opinion. However, General Motors made the decision to resume operation with The Truck Groups to start production no later than May 18, 2020, with Arlington Assembly being the exception due to the launch of the T-1. The following plants returned on May 11, 2020: Orien Assembly (Production), and Arlington Assembly (Launch Readiness). The following returned on May 18, 2020: Flint Assembly (Production), Fort Wayne Assembly (Production), Wentzville Assembly (Production). All other plants’ production were to have all shifts back no later than June 1, 2020, except for Arlington Assembly.

COVID - 19:

The COVID-19 outbreak is a situation that we have never faced before and this unfortunate circumstance has been very hard on the membership. Although we have several reported cases of the virus, all our members have recovered. We are glad to report that we have not experienced any deaths in our membership due to the virus. We would like to extend our condolences to the families of all members who lost a loved one due to the pandemic. This viral outbreak has been an extreme test for our membership, but we still stand strong. Although changes to many processes and procedures are to be implemented, we must continue to fight for a safe work environment for all our members. There are many concerns and fears that we all have about returning into the workplace with so many people and with the ability to contract COVID-19. We are demanding that General Motors follow all the CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommendations to return into the workplace. We are demanding that all the CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommendations be implemented and maintained to keep us all safe. Ultimately, we must protect all our members while they are in the workplace, we are encouraging everyone to follow safe practices as we are committed to making sure General Motors provides what you need to remain safe at work.


We will be conducting informational meetings on the tentative local agreement in the PEOPLE CENTER on June 23, 2020, and June 24, 2020. The meeting times are 6:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM on both days. There will be a question and answer period after each meeting in which the membership can ask the Shop Committee questions about the tentative agreement. We will be holding a vote on the local contract beginning on June 25, 2020, at 5:00 AM until June 26, 2020, 5:00 AM. Voting locations will be in the People Center (A-11), Cafeteria (V-5), Body Shop (AX-20) and Stamping (BK-26) Conference Room #3. Due to social distancing, there may be limited seating so please arrive early.



To receive plant announcements and communications including the announcement for when and how we return to work to General Motors, you can sign up for the plant (ANS) Announcement and Notification System to receive updates. This system gives out plant and production information and updates via text messages and e-mails. This is the official system that General Motors uses to communicate with the membership about production shifts, safety issues and other important matters. To sign up and start receiving text messages or e-mails, log on to https://gm.sendwordnow.com from any mobile phone or computer and click on the First Time User and follow the instructions. (SEE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW)


We have placed an order to receive 6000 copies of the 2019 National Agreement with the International Union. We are currently waiting on a tracking number and date in which we are to receive the copies of the contract. As soon as we receive this information, we will be communicating it with the membership.


A $1,000 Performance Bonus will be paid to each Eligible Seniority employee as negotiated in paragraph (99a) of the 2019 National Agreement.

Eligibility date: May 15,2020

Amount: $1,000

Payable During Week Ending: June 14, 2020

Eligible employees are defined as those whose status with the company as of the eligibility date is one of the following:

Active with seniority On temporary layoff status On leave pursuant to Family and Medical Leave Act On leave of absence which is not to exceeded 90 days as of the eligibility date.

tuition assistance (tap)

For TAP (Tuition Assistance (TAP), you will need a new log on and password to be able to register for Bright Horizons that administers TAP.

At website: https://uawgm.edassist.com you will select "Not signed up yet? Register now"


Employer User Name: UAWGM

Employer Password: Benefits4You

[Note: the "B" and the "Y" must be in caps]

workers' memorial day

Terry Valenzuela

April 28th of each year has been designated as Workers' Memorial Day. It is sad to say that April 28, 2020, is a devistating day as we honor our UAW Brothers and Sisters who have lost their lives due to Covid-19 who were victims of a work place shooting and one of our International UAW Administrative Assistants.

To lose a fellow UAW member is always a somber situation but, in this year of a pandemic that is not only taking a toll on our membership but workers around the world is unimaginable. Never have we had to make a choice of whether to go to work to still be able to provide for our families or to stay home so that we do not potentially bring a deadly virus home to our loved ones. Never did we think the day would come when a loved one would be admitted to a hospital and we would be prohibited from sitting vidual with them in their hour of need. Never did we think that we would not be allowed to console one another at the time of loss of a family member, friend or co-worker. There are no words for the times we have been facing.

As workers, we should be able to look to our leaders for guidance, leadership, and the knowledge that our safety and well-being as workers will be paramount. Therefore, we are proud to let your know that the International Union as well as the Bargaining Committee of UAW Local 276 are working diligently to ensure that, at the time we are scheduled to return to work, protocols will be in place to protect both our health and our safety.

We ask that you take a moment today to remember our Brothers and Sisters whom we have lost:

30 victims of Covid-19 from:

UAW Local 140 [4 members]

UAW Local 160 [1 member]

UAW Local 182 [3 members]

UAW Local 212 [1 member]

UAW Local 551 [1 member]

UAW Local 600 [5 members]

UAW Local 869 [1 member]

UAW Local 900 [2 members]

UAW Local 1248 [2 member]

UAW Local 1264 [2 members]

UAW Local 1284 [1 member]

UAW Local 1302 [1 member]

UAW Local 1700 [4 members]

UAW Local 1805 [1 member]

UAW Local 5286 [1 member]

Of the victims of a worksite shooting at the Molson Coors Beverage Company:

UAW Local 9 lost 3 UAW members

Solidarity House:

Mark Liburdi, Administrative Assistant (Home - Local 712)

Stay safe and be sure to follow all CDC guidelines for your protection.

9:00 am

The Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Readiness Certificate (STARC) registration links are now live. The GM-UAW employees’ link will direct employees to the enrollment page, and the self-pay page will advise that enrollment begins on April 6, 2020.

The following is from Penn Foster:

“We're excited to share that the Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Readiness Certificate (STARC) Program is now live. Employees can apply to enroll starting today, once they have their approved and signed TAP voucher. The first semester starts on Monday, April 6th which is the first day workers can access the curriculum and start the course. A new semester will begin on the first Monday of each month, and enrollments will be accepted on a rolling basis.

“Please have your eligible GM-UAW employees visit www.pennfoster.edu/partners/GMUAW to learn more about the program and get started today! If you know anyone that is interested in taking the courses but does not qualify for tuition assistance, please have them visit https://www.pennfoster.edu/partners/gm-uawselfpay.

“Self-pay enrollments will open April 6th. Any questions should be sent to:


“It has come to my attention that many students are sending in vouchers for the STARC program and including incorrect start/end dates for the program. In order for their TAP vouchers to be approved, students MUST input the correct start and end dates that correspond with the semester they are applying for. Please see the table below for these dates, and remind students that the semester they should be applying for is the next available one. If they apply between now and April 6th, they should be entering a start date of April 6th and an end date of July 27th.”


To apply for Tuition Assistance (TAP) you will need a new logon and password to register for Bright Horizons (Tuition Assistance):

Select: Not signed up yet? Register Now

Website: https://uawgm.edassist.com

Employer User Name: UAWGM

Employer Password: Benefits4You

(the “B” and the “Y” must be in capital letters)