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December 4, 2019

CLARIFICATION


In the December 4, 2019, Shop Chairperson’s report, it was reported that a 3rd Zone had been appointed to 1st Shift.


It was not made clear, in that report, that the appointment is only temporary and we will follow the provisions of our Bylaws.


Particulars will be provided in the near future.



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December 3, 2019


WELCOME BACK:

The Bargaining Committee would like to extend a warm “WELCOME BACK” to the UAW Local 276 Membership. We hope that everyone had time to spend with friends and family, we ask that everyone take your time and be safe as we transition back into the working environment.


ADDITION OF ZONE COMMITTEEPERSON:

With the addition of the Brothers and Sisters who have transferred to us and with the anticipated transition of Temporary employees to permanent status on January 6, 2020, the Shop Committee has elected to exercise its right to add a third Zone Committeeperson to the Shop Committee. This addition must be self-funded, GINO CLARK will transition from District 4 Committeeperson to Zone Committeeperson and Armando Saenz, Jr., will transition from Alternate Committeeperson to Committeeperson. This will be effective December 2, 2019.


ADDITION OF ERGONOMICS / INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE PERSON:

In accordance with the terms of the 2019 UAW-GM National Agreement, we will be adding an ERGONOMICS / INDUSTRIAL HYGEINE person. Look for the posting in the UAW boxes at the entrances into the plant - we will have the posting up for a period of 30 days starting on December 3, 2019, to give all interested members an opportunity to apply for the position. This position is an International appointment and all applications will be sent to Detroit for selection. BIQ 4 AUDIT: We were successful in meeting all the GMS Statement requirements for our BIQ IV certification. We are the 1st truck plant in North America to achieve this certification. We would just like to send out a thank you and congratulations to the membership for all your hard work in achieving this milestone. This will bring stability and security to our plant as we move toward the future.


T1 - TAHOE & SUBURBAN REVEAL:

In 2020, Chevrolet will celebrate two major milestones: The legendary Suburban, the longest running nameplate in automotive history, will celebrate its 85th year and the Tahoe, which helped change the SUV landscape, turns 25. On December 11, 2019, all three shifts will have an additional 15 minutes added to their lunch with a presentation and pizza supplied to the membership in the People Center, and designated areas in Body and Stamping.


SOCIAL MEDIA:

Once again, we are discussing social media, many use social media to communicate, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. Please be very vigilant as to the nature of what is shared and posted onto these various sites dealing with General Motors. General Motors has a corporate policy regarding social media and the sharing of its property. General Motors has dedicated a special team to the monitoring of social media and its intellectual properties.


QUALITY BONUS PAYMENT:

In accordance with the terms of the 2019 UAW-GM National Agreement, eligible employees will be paid a $500.00 Quality bonus during the week ending of December 15, 2019. The eligibility date for this payout is November 15, 2019.


SKILLED TRADES TOOL ALLOWANCE PAYMENT:

In accordance with the terms of the 2019 UAW-GM National Agreement, eligible seniority Skilled Trades employees will be paid a $1,000.00 tooling allowance. This payment will be made on December 6, 2019. Eligible employees are defined as those who are active on roll with the company, as of the eligibility date of November 25, 2019. Those who are not active, as of the eligibility date will be deemed eligible for payment upon their return to active status.



TO THE UNIT 1 (GM) MEMBERSHIP

FROM

THE UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP COMMITTEE

8/20/19


It’s a standard practice for a Union negotiating a contract to ask its members for a strike vote. It’s both a show of confidence in the Negotiating Team and the first salvo directed toward Management saying that Union members are united as they head into negotiations. The ramping up doesn’t stop there. The real pressure on Management comes when the Negotiating Team sets a strike deadline.


A strike is simply the act of workers withholding their labor, which, at the end of the day, is the only thing Management wants from its workers. It’s a legally protected activity, but it is not without cost – both the striking members and the employers suffer economic harm once strikes are initiated.


Because the costs of a strike are calculable, the threat is just as powerful as the strike itself. Management is well aware of the rights Union workers have at their disposal and what the costs would entail. That is why when negotiations are drawing to a point where there is little movement, Unions sometimes issue strike deadlines. The notice tells the employer that, by a specified date, workers will take direct action. It’s a strong motivator to move Management to settle the agreement. And it works.


Glenn Vinson, President of UAW Local 1805 (Region 5) and his members work for Folgers Coffee Company in New Orleans, Louisiana. Vinson is a working President – which means he is on the line each day. He’s been making coffee for 30 years. This past year, his members went back to the table to negotiate their contract. Their last negotiations three years earlier had been rough, but the Bargaining Committee tried something new this time: setting a strike deadline. “During negotiations, Management thought they had all the cards. They took their time. We were working short weeks. They were in no hurry to address our issues,” remembers Vinson. His members had given the Bargaining Committee a strike vote, but they had not set a deadline. That is, until the last week.


“A few days before our contract ended, we set a deadline of midnight Sunday to walk if we didn’t have an agreement. When we let Management know, it changed everything,” says Vinson. “You could see it in their faces and hear it in their voices. Suddenly, they were on the phone a lot, responding quickly to us. Numbers started moving. It was like night and day. I know some wonder what we’re thinking when we finally have the upper hand in bargaining. The simple truth is that we’re always thinking about the members.” Vinson continues, “Sure, we had the option of going forward with the strike at that point, but we’re always weighing that, each week out on a strike costs our members two percent of their wages. We weigh that out against what we gained, but ultimately, it’s the membership that decides.” In the end, Local 1805 members agreed that the contract was fair and ratified it by majority vote.


UAW International President Gary Jones announced that the Union’s leadership has raised the weekly strike fund pay from $200 to $250 per week effective March 2019. That number will increase to $275 per week in January 2020.


“No one goes to the bargaining table expecting to strike. But the UAW goes to the bargaining table prepared to strike if our members need to strike,” said Jones. “Raising the strike fund is an important symbol that we have their backs. We are solid heading into the next four years of bargaining,” continued Jones. “And this extra security for UAW families carries us to the bargaining table united in our goals.”


In Solidarity,

KENNETH HINES – SHOP CHAIRPERSON


BARRY CROSS

COMMITTEEPERSON-AT-LARGE


STEVE EWELL

COMMITTEEPERSON-AT-LARGE


ANTHONY MARCIANO

DISTRICT 2 SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON


KIMBERLY BAKER-JONES

DISTRICT 2A SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON


GINO CLARK

DISTRICT 4 SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON


JIM ROBINSON

DISTRICT 5B SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON


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Strike - Frequently asked Questions


What is a strike?

A strike happens when workers collectively decide to withhold their labor, after authorization from the International. In the UAW, strikes are governed by the UAW Constitution, including Articles 12, 16 and 50.


How much is UAW Strike Assistance and how often is it paid?

Weekly strike pay is $250 per week ($50 per day, Mon-Fri, beginning on the 8th day). On January 1, 2020, strike pay will rise to $275 per week($55 per day, Mon-Fri, beginning on the 8th day). Eligibility for weekly benefits on the 8th day of a strike. Strike assistance pay is available after the 15th day of the strike. A bonus check is paid the week prior to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.


What medical benefits are covered?

The UAW Strike and Defense Fund covers certain benefits such as medical and prescription drugs. Benefits not covered include: dental, vision, hearing, and sick and accident. These benefits are either paid directly by the Fund according to the company’s current plan or by having the Strike and Defense Fund make COBRA payments to the company plan.


Who is eligible for strike benefits?

To be eligible for strike pay and benefits, members must be:

• In good standing (current on dues, and initiation fees, if any, must not owe the Local Union ANY MONIES) on the day before the strike starts

• On active pay roll at start of strike: members who are laid off on Workers Compensation or receiving Sick and Accident benefits are not eligible

• Member must participate in the strike: picket assignments, strike committee, etc.

Eligible members include temporary employees as well as anyone who is current in their union security obligations such as fee payers or objectors.


Are probationary employees and new hires entitled to strike assistance?

Probationary and new hires may become eligible for strike benefits if they join the Union and pay the initiation fee and dues prior to the strike taking place. In the event a worker has completed an application for membership and paid dues, he/she would be considered a member in good standing and would be entitled to strike assistance.


Are temporary employees entitled to strike assistance?

All dues paying members, including temporary members, are eligible for strike assistance.


How do I apply for strike benefits?

You must register and make application for strike benefits on the day and time assigned to you by your Local Union.


If I get another job, can I still receive strike assistance?

Members must continue to participate in the strike to receive strike assistance. If members receive gross pay from outside work that is equal to or greater than $250 ($275 starting on January 1, 2020), then the member will not receive weekly benefits but will continue to receive medical and prescription drug assistance.


Can I collect unemployment insurance while on strike?

In many states participation in a strike will disqualify a worker from eligibility for unemployment insurance.


My wages are garnished for child support. Will that happen with strike pay?

If the UAW receives a court order, we will garnish the strike assistance.


Can the strike pay be mailed to me?

No, members must pick up their own benefit on the assigned date from their local union with ID.


Are strike benefits taxable?

Yes. After $600 in a given year, the UAW will issue an IRS Form 1099-MISC.


What happens if I cross a picket line?

All strike benefits cease immediately, and appropriate action may be taken under the UAW Constitution.


Do I owe union dues on strike benefits?

No.
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JULY 11, 2019

LETTER TO THE UNIT 1 (GM) MEMBERSHIP

FROM THE

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP COMMITTEE


On July 8, 2019, the Shop Committee began going through the demands that were submitted for the 2019 local bargaining session. Many of us are aware that we were not able to reach a ratified contract in the 2015 cycle and that has left a bad taste with the membership. We would like to inform the members that we will be negotiating on all 2015 demands as well as the demands that were submitted for the 2019 bargaining session. We have approval from the Region to officially begin negotiations and we will exchange demands with Management on July 22, 2019. We ask that you be patient and remain in solidarity as the Shop Committee goes through the 2019 bargaining cycle. This will not be an easy task but with the membership’s support, we can achieve a contract that the membership deserves.


In Solidarity,

KENNY HINES – SHOP CHAIRPERSON


BARRY CROSS

COMMITTEEPERSON-AT-LARGE


STEVE EWELL

COMMITTEEPERSON-AT-LARGE


ANTHONY MARCIANO

DISTRICT 2 SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON


KIMBERLY BAKER-JONES

DISTRICT 2A SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON


GINO CLARK

DISTRICT 4 SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON


JIM ROBINSON

DISTRICT 5B SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON


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Kenny Hines
Unit 1 (GM) Chairperson



JULY 8, 2019


TERRY DITTES – UAW VICE PRESIDENT GM DEPARTMENT:

The UAW is ready to "fight" General Motors during collective bargaining negotiations. Terry Dittes has criticized GM for its use of thousands of temporary workers, increasing production in Mexico, and the potential closure of four U.S. plants by January 2020, among other issues. “The Blazer nameplate being built in Mexico is disappointing to UAW families and communities across this country. GM employs over 15,000 production workers in Mexico pays the workers less than $3 per hour and exports over 80% of the vehicles to the U.S. to sell here. This is all happening while UAW-GM workers here in the U.S are laid off and unemployed. Last year GM became Mexico's largest auto producer, in the same year it reduced output by an estimated 5 percent in the U.S.”


APPRENTICESHIP:

On August 5, 2019, seventeen (17) of our Brothers and Sisters will enter the APPRENTICESHIP program on their road to becoming Journeyperson Skilled Trades here in Arlington. After talking with the National Parties, we secured seventeen (17) positions for the Apprenticeship program. Fifteen (15) will study to become Electricians and two (2) as Diemakers.


FMLA:

Sedgwick has been telling our members that they are not receiving the FMLA paperwork in time to certify the FMLA absence, this is resulting in disciplinary action in the Doc, 8 process. We are urging you to please follow the guidelines carefully and do not take any days until you are officially approved. Instead of faxing the paperwork over to Sedgwick, send it certified next day mail with a signature receipt, this will ensure that they received the paperwork and the date on which they received it.


REGIONAL PEL:

June 16 through June 21, 2019, we participated in the Annual Summer School (Regional PEL). The message that was given to the members was: “Get back to the basics.” They stressed the importance of supporting your local union and its Standing Committees. They stressed how important it is to stand together and that if we do not make a stand now then it may be too late for us to make a stand in the future. They also stated that, “WE MUST PREPARE FOR WAR IN TIMES OF PEACE!” and the importance of saving money in case a work stoppage is called. Some of the classes that were taken were, COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, UNION AWARENESS, GRIEVANCE WRITING, V-CAP (Voluntary Community Action Program).


$20,000,000 INVESTMENT IN THE ARLINGTON:

June 25, 2019, General Motors made and announcement of a $20-million-dollar investment to enhance the plant’s conveyors for the next generation of full-size SUV’s. General Motors has invested more than $1.4 billion in Arlington since mid-2015. Making the announcement were Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing GERALD JOHNSON Vice President of North America Manufacturing and Labor PHIL KIENLE and Executive Director of Manufacturing DAN HERMER.


TEMPORARY CAFETERIA:

The Temporary Cafeteria (GRAB & GO) that is located at Q-14 has moved due to the need for space to support the T-1 launch. The 2 new locations where service will be provided will be P-2S along the outside wall of the building next to the ground floor restrooms and at A-10 in front of the security offices on the A-aisle. Please feel free to use either location once the move is complete.


BOWLING GREEN, KY:

General Motors plans to add a second shift and more than 400 hourly jobs at its Bowling Green, Kentucky, assembly plant to support production of the next-generation, mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette. The additional shift is expected to be added during the second half of the year. There are enough current employees, including those on layoff, to fill the positions. Bowling Green employs nearly 900 people, including 714 hourly and 164 salaried workers.

RUMOR CONTROL:
If a strike is called Temporary Employees do get the strike benefits. If you are a Union-dues paying member, you will receive the same benefit under the agreement as Seniority employees.

There have been a lot of rumors about the Material Department being done by a third party or contracted out. These rumors are not true. This was proposed to the car plants as a way of saving costs to stay competitive. It has not been proposed here in Arlington.