unit 1 (GM) shop chairperson's report
06/08/2020





RETURNING TO WORK:

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.


THE 2019 LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS, MEETINGS AND VOTE:

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.


ARLINGTON ASSEMBLY PLANT (ANS) ANNOUNCEMENT

AND NOTIFICATION SYSTEM INFORMATION:

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)


COPIES OF THE 2019 NATIONAL AGREEMENT:

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.


PERFORMANCE BONUS:

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.



performance bonus reporting



Unit 1 (GM) eligible employees will be paid a $1,000 Performance Bonus for the week ending June 14, 2020. DO NOT REPORT THIS BONUS WHEN FILING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT.


If you have questions about whether or not you are eligible to receive this bonus, you must direct your questions to your Committeeperson.


If you have questions about the Performance Bonus as it applies to Unemployment, please call the Union Benefit Representatives at 817-652-2485 or 817-652-2486.





ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS FROM THE gm MEMBERSHIP



1. Many people are confused about the ANS announcement that went out on 5/19/2020 with the return to work instructions for certain departments.


Answer:

Seniority Employees - If you returned to work on 5/18/2020 or, if you work 1st Shift in any department, you are to report to work on 5/ 26/2020 on 1st Shift. All departments are to start at 6:00 AM with the exceptions of Chassis, Quality 70-01 and 70-05, Paint Dept. 16, Dept. 27, Dept. 28 - you are to report at 6:12 AM.


2. I have paperwork from the State of Texas telling me to self-quarantine for 14 days.


Answer:

We are considered an essential business by the Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security. So, the self-quarantine does not apply to us. Medical has paperwork to issue to you in case a State Trooper pulls you over or comes by your place of residence. If you choose to self-quarantine, there is Covid-19 leave paperwork that you can fill out to b e excused from work.


3. Governor Greg Abbott stated I can stay on unemployment if I am over 65 I live with someone over 65 if I am high-risk if I have childcare issues or I do not feel safe returning to work.


Answer:

In order to take advantage of staying on TWC (Texas Workforce Commission) unemployment with the State of Texas after your official return to work date, you must call the TWC (unemployment). It is worked out on a case-by-case basis and must be done by the employee. Once you are approved by the TWC (unemployment), you will then need to secure a Covid-19 Leave of Absence form through Labor Relations to cover your time off while on unemployment. Any time off after you are recalled to work, must be covered in order to maintain your job. If you do take a leave of absence, you will maintain your Health Care Benefits until the end of the following month in which the leave was secured.


Kenneth Hines
​Unit 1 (GM) Shop Chairperson





UAW GM BENEFIT REPRESENTATIVE





There will be one (1) UAW/GM Benefit Representative in the plant starting on Tuesday (5/12/2020) as follows:


Tuesday (5/12/2020)

6:00 AM to 2:00 PM

817-652-2485

817-652-2486


Please be patient when you call or if you go to the Benefit Office in person. The average time it has been taking to help each member has been about 20 minutes.


​Thank you for your cooperation with the Benefit Representative.























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"

then:


Employer User Name: UAWGM

Employer Password: Benefits4You

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





workers' memorial day



Terry Valenzuela
President





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.





ARLINGTON ASSEMBLY PLANT (ANS)
ANNOUNCEMENT AND NOTIFICATION SYSTEM INFORMATION





To receive plant announcements and communication 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 through 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, just log on to https://gm.sendwordnow.com from any mobile phone or computer and click on the First Time User and follow the instructions.


ANS Self-Registration Instructions – Access from Home Computer







April 20, 2020


In Solidarity,

Kenneth Hines

Unit 1 (GM) Shop Chairperson





UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON
3/31/2020
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:

apprentice.committee@gm.com


“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.”





TUITION ASSISTANCE (TAP)


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)


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03/25/2020
1:30 PM





UPDATED CLARIFICATION CONCERNING UNEMPLOYMENT FILING FOR RECENT TRANSFERS TO GM ARLINGTON. THE FOLLOWING ARE THE GUIDELINES GIVEN BY THE TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION:


IF YOU TRANSFERRED TO TEXAS ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2019 –


YOU MUST PHONE OR GO ONLINE TO OPEN AN UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIM WITH THE STATE YOU TRANSFERRED FROM, THEN FOLLOW THE FILING INSTRUCTIONS FOR PAYMENT REQUESTS AS GIVEN BY THAT STATE. EVEN THOUGH YOUR NAME WAS SUBMITTED TO THE TWC BY GENERAL MOTORS, YOU SHOULD NOT WAIT TO RECEIVE A PACKET FROM TEXAS BUT SHOULD INITIATE YOUR CLAIM IMMEDIATELY WITH YOUR FORMER STATE.


IF YOU TRANSFERRED TO TEXAS PRIOR TO OCTOBER 1, 2019 –


WAIT TO RECEIVE YOUR PACKET FROM THE TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION AS WAS PREVIOUSLY ADVISED AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS IN IT.


UAW Local 276 Benefits

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