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Terry Valenzuela
President
Phone:   972-647-1282
E-mail:   terry.valenzuela@gm.com
   


   
   


      
Kenneth Hines
Unit 1 (GM) Acting Shop Chairperson
Phone:   972-647-1282
E-mail:   kenneth.hines@gm.com
   


   
   


      
Phillip Harvey
Unit 2 (Aramark) Chairperson
Phone:   972-647-1282
E-mail: [Not Available]
   


   
   


 
 
 

 

Terry Valenzuela
President

UNIT 1 (GM)
ACTING CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
3/26/18
 
Kenneth Hines

Barry Cross
Committeeperson-at-Large

WE MUST STAY THE COURSE:

Jeff Hall leaving has left some doubt about our ability to really make a change here in Arlington; but, we must stay the course. We must continue to move forward in changing the culture that has been deep seeded here in Arlington and strive to make true change that will benefit the entire membership. I know it can get frustrating at times; but, we will have better days ahead if we stay the course and expand on the progress which has been made thus far.
 

NEW REFERRAL SYSTEM:

DDI is no longer the hiring company for General Motors, - we will be transitioning to “SELECT INTERNATIONAL” the new website is applytogm.com I encourage you to visit the site to become familiar with the changes as this transition takes place.

On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, the referral system will open for applicants to apply for Temporary Employment at the Arlington facility. The application period will open at 12:00 noon and will stay open until 1,000 applications have been received. We encourage you to inform all or your friends and loved ones as this will be open to the public to apply. You can contact GM Support at gmsupport@selectintl.com if you have any questions about the process or your status in the system.
 

What will happen to the existing pool?

  
 

• Any candidate who has passed the assessment process with DDI will be transferred over to Select International.

 

 

• Applicants who have applied within the last 12 months will be transferred to Select International. – Once an opening is available, an email will be sent to have the candidates reapply.

 
 
 
 

  
 

• Any applicants, who have not tested and applied over 12 months ago, will not be transferred.

 

 

• Any Temporary employee who was released under R55 will be placed in the assessment pool and transferred to Select International.

 
 
 
 

INTERNATIONAL APPOINTMENT:

All Unit 1 (GM) Skilled Trades members in good standing with UAW Local 276 who are interested in applying for the position of Apprentice Committee Co-Chairperson may apply for this position from March 19, 2018, through April 19, 2018, by going to the Union Hall to pick up an application. If you submitted an application prior to March 19, 2018, you must submit a new application prior to the deadline. All applications must be received no later than 4:00 PM on April 19, 2018, at the UAW Local 276 Union Hall located at 2505 W.E. Roberts Street, Grand Prairie, TX 75051, to be in consideration for selection. All applications will be sent to the International Union on or before April 27, 2018, for their selection.
 

EASTER HOLIDAY:

The Easter Holiday will be a four (4) day weekend: March 30, 2018, through April 2, 2018. During that time, we want everyone to have a safe and much needed break. The start time for 2nd Shift on March 29, 2018, will be 2:30 PM and 3rd Shift start time will be 9:30 PM on April 2, 2018.
 




 





 
 

 

Barry Cross
Committeeperson-at-Large

UNIT 1 (GM)
CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
3/16/18
 
Jeffrey Hall

Kenneth Hines
Committeeperson-at-Large

F Y I

Hello Team:

This is a difficult letter for me to write. I am sure by now you have heard the news that I have decided to accept an appointment with the International Union as a Servicing Representative. I was offered the position on March 9, 2018. Although this was not my first time to be offered a position with the UAW, there comes a time we must make a life changing decision.

I want to thank each of you for allowing me this opportunity to serve as your UAW Local 276 Chairperson. This has truly been an honor that I will always cherish. I know some are disappointed about my decision. However, I feel comfortable saying that we are better today than we were eight months ago; and, you will see more growth over the months ahead.

d I was given an assignment and completed that assignment. The Bargaining Unit developed continuity with each other and appointed officials. People sometimes believe they have the right to tell you when you are done and when you can move on. Some of us got here through referrals. Do they have the right to tell your time line?

For years, we have seen our Union officials be divided. They are closer and stronger which makes them smarter. Even with that said, they will continue to need your support. They are humans just as you are. We get our best results when we elevate not devalue.

Kenny Hines will be covering the Shop Chairperson position. I believe he will be awesome. He is well qualified for the job.

When I ran for the position eight months ago, Kenny was one hundred percent against me. But once I was elected, Kenny has supported me and this leadership. He understands Division 1 and 2; wrote more grievances; got more people returned to work; sent up more 183s; 71 charts; 78s; etc. If you have concerns, please do for him as you would want another person to do with you. Teach him by talking to him no matter what others may say. Don’t judge him by past administrations. Is he perfect? No. Are you?

This is the first time you will be truly able to experience his Leadership.  

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.” Second Thessalonians: 3:16  




 



 
 

 

Barry Cross
Committeeperson-at-Large

UNIT 1 (GM)
CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
3/07/18
 
Jeffrey Hall

Kenneth Hines
Committeeperson-at-Large

F Y I

Hello Team:

Thank you, Union and Management, for the gate collection that was taken up to help our Brothers and Sisters who did not receive any Profit Sharing. We also want to thank those who took up money from their individual groups and did person-to-person donations. We are in the process of knowing who has already received donations. The proposal is to dispense the money out to those who didn’t receive anything. We are currently going from team-to-team attempting to acquire a list of those who did or did not receive. Please, let us know. We would like to have all names by Thursday to complete this. The amount collected as $12,700. Again, if you didn’t get anything, please, let your Committeeperson know. So far, we have over one hundred (100) who have not received; and, we are expecting more to come forward.

In my life, I’ve learned that true happiness comes from giving. Helping others along the way makes you evaluate who you are. I think that love is what we’re all searching for. I haven’t come across anyone who didn’t become better through love. 

OVERTIME:

We will stay on a six-day schedule. The units/vehicles that were taken out have been put back in. This is also keeping GM Arlington from laying-off. We are also in discussion about adding Appendix A and/or Temps. To most, we believe this is great news; to others, not so great. We understand that some were looking forward to getting a break. We will work together for relief.  

SAFETY GLASSES:

We have been getting complaints from hourly employees about members of Management’s unwarranted behavior over the safety glasses. We recognize that there is a policy; and, we will respect it. If you are having issues about the way you are being treated, please, let us know. We have heard about some uncalled-for action.

Last Wednesday, we had 1st Shift Committeeperson Steve Ewell get a DLO for the balance of the shift and three (3) days for doing his job. This is a guy who has taken on the responsibilities of coaching other hourly and salaried employees on BPD/GMS principles. He got a call from one of the Team Members and was told that Management was running a trial on a job in his area. When he got there, he questioned the Industrial Engineer (IE) about the trial. He felt the procedure wasn’t being followed and raised some concerns. At that time, the ID asked him to leave. He replied, “No, I’m investigating the problem.” I remind you: Steve has been teaching the process; so, he understands it. Later, we found out the process was in fact NOT being followed.

There have been times when Steve goes out to answer calls and asks Management questions. However, they ignore him on purpose. This is not only disrespectful to this membership but it is also a form of abuse. We have discussed this with Management; but, they continue to ignore him. They show him little respect because of his persistency. The Arlington mentality is to suppress through disciplines. The best way to suppress/control this hourly workforce is to control the Union leadership. Steve is not the only Committeeperson to be put on notice. They have had me, the Chairperson, on notice before.

Management said that Steve was raising his voice and refused direct orders. On the same day, they had a member of Management threaten an employee about pulling the Andon – pointing his finger; raising his voice; and unnecessarily shouting not allowing this employee to go to the restroom. Shop Rule 10 is the same rule they disciplined Steve under. This salaried employee has a recorded history over the years of threats and violent temperament. Management will tell us they have other means of dealing with their behaviors; and, it’s not for us to notice. However, they make sure that you notice the action taken against us hourly employees. If we are going to be one Team, as they so often say, then we should be treated equally.  

EDUCATE YOURSELF:

Paragraph (19) of the UAW/GM National Agreement: “…Committeepersons acting properly in their official capacity should be free from orders by supervision which, if carried out, would impair the orderly investigation and presentation of grievances. Actions which tend to impair or weaken the grievance procedure, whenever they occur or in whatever manner or form, are improper…”

Treat a person as he is; and, they will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be; and, he will become what he should be.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. We realize that we will never satisfy everyone with the decisions we make. Although, I know that God allowed this Team of Union officials to be elected. He knows all of us better than we know ourselves. He knows each one of our strengths and weaknesses. He knows how to combine our strengths and weaknesses into victory.

Don’t trust me; trust God. Sometimes God will fight the actual battle through you. Other times, He will simply tell you to hold your position and do absolutely nothing. Then He will move Himself to completely take out the attack against you.  

“Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee; and, before thou camest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee; and, I ordained thee a Prophet unto the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5  




 



 
 

 

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
UNIT 1 (GM) & UNIT 2 (ARAMARK)
2/20/17

 

Well, we are off to a great start for 2018. The first order of business for the leadership of Local 276 was to attend the UAW Region 5 Conference in California. That conference was designed to not only train but also instruct the leadership about what our jobs are and what we will be working toward in this mid-term election year. We were also given information about the upcoming UAW Constitutional Convention and were told about who would be retiring from the International leadership and who has been slated for various positions at the International. We were quite proud when we were informed that our very own Regional Director, Gary Jones, is slated to be the next President of the International Union, UAW. That same pride continued with the announcement that Region 5 Assistant Director Vance Pearson is slated to become our Region 5 Director. The Constitutional Convention will be held in June and we will be electing delegates to attend that Convention. Information about that election and the number of delegates we will be allowed will be forthcoming as soon as we get the data from the International Union.
 

After our attendance at the Region 5 Conference, we quickly gathered our members to participate in the MLK Parade on January 15, 2018, in Grand Prairie. We had a good number of members participate in the parade and hope to see many more next year.
 

In celebration of Black History Month, a banquet was held at our Union Hall with guest speakers, awards, singing and a dinner. Our Civil and Human Rights Committee has been working full steam ahead to get our members organized for the parade and banquet. We owe each and every one of the Committee a thank you. To Civil and Human Rights Chairperson Marquetta Hawkins and Co-Chairperson Jean Clark, a huge amount of gratitude goes out to you both. Neither of the events could have happened without your great leadership.
 

Be watching for additional days of celebrations for the upcoming recognitions of: Irish Culture – St. Patrick’s Day (3/17/18); Mexican Culture – Cinco de Mayo (5/5/18); French Culture – Bastille Day (7/14/18); German Culture – Oktober Fest (9/16-10/3/18); Italian American Culture – Columbus Day (10/08/18); Polish Culture – Poland’s Independence Day (11/11/18); and Native American Culture – Native American Heritage Day (11/23/18). It’s exciting to know that the UAW is not only made up of members from these various cultures but also other cultures as well. Please take the time to participate in the events that will be accompanying these dates and learn all you can about your co-workers – where they came from and how their lives have been different from yours. The fabric of the UAW is made of many threads and those threads are us.
 

Celebrations are not the only things we have to look forward to. Our Bargaining Committee is working diligently to bring us a Local Agreement. The construction to expand the plant is on tract to come to its completion. Building on the facility to be used by GM vendors is well underway. The traffic patterns in and around the plant are moving forward – even though it has been inconvenient. With all that is happening, the end of the year will be upon us before we can turn around.
 

Did you know that the State of Texas is holding the first Primary in the country this year? If this is a small fact that you are not aware of, there may be others that would be pertinent to know about elections not only on the state level but also on the national level? Where might I get this information you may ask? By talking to your Legislative and Community Action Program Committee. They have been trained to answer all your questions and will be able to point you to agencies that can further assist you. Take advantage of their training and read the information they distribute.
 

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How do we have control over our livelihoods; our children’s educations; the legislation and laws that affect our employment and benefits; laws that affect our pensions and social security; and laws that affect Medicare – just to name a few? We only have ONE device to use – the ballot. We cannot stress enough how vital your vote is. So, be part of history in 2018 by voting in the first Mid-Term Elections Primary: IMPORTANT VOTING DATES IN TEXAS:
 

             TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 – Early voting begins  

             FRIDAY, MARCH 2 – Early voting ends
 

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VOTE   VOTE   VOTE   VOTE   VOTE   VOTE   VOTE


 




 



 
 

 

 

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
UNIT 2 (ARAMARK)
2/19/17

 

UNION MEETINGS:

The February Unit 2 (Aramark) Union Meeting was cancelled due to the weather on February 11, 2018; but, we do have our next meeting on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 12:00 PM (Noon). Be sure to be there even if you don’t have questions, others might that could help you. We have made great improvements for people wanting to come to the Union meetings. We just have a verbal agreement as of this writing; however, I will try to have a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) shortly.  

UNIT 2 (ARAMARK) CONTRACT:

As we get to the close of our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) on March 15, 2018, lots of things that I knew would happen has started to happen. Management has taken the approach that they will not settle any grievances. They are trying to discipline as many of us as they can. We need to stay focused on doing our job and not be totally focused on what Management is doing. Our Aramark negotiating team is ready to try and get us the best Agreement possible. If the negotiating team provides us with any details about the negotiations, we will get them to you. Please keep our negotiating team in your prayers as they negotiate. Our future really does depend on it.  

UNIT 2 (ARAMARK) CONTRACT:

Please, remember that, whenever you may be in a confrontation with Management, you should ask for a Union Representative. Keep your side of what happened with Management to yourself. Only discuss the details with your Union Representative. Take the time to write down all the facts as soon as you can, taking care to note names of witnesses; dates and times; and the specifics of the incident. Go over these facts several times to make sure that you have left nothing out. If the incident that happened with Management is grieveable (it violates the CBA or the National Labor Relations Act) and it is not a gripe, have your Union Representative write a grievance for you. You must reach out to your Union Representative to request a grievance be written. After your Union Representative has written your grievance, make sure that he or she gives you a copy of the grievance. It is important that we are careful in these last days. As I said earlier, Management is not trying to resolve any issues; but, it is important that we document all issues between us and them.  

UNIT 2 (ARAMARK) CONTRACT DEADLINE:

Our contract expires on March 15, 2018; and this is the time we should be bound together as one. No internal fighting is really needed at this time. United we stand and divided we fall. Let’s all start to keep our eyes on the prize: OUR JOBS and the CONTRACT.

Contact the Union Hall (972-647-1282) immediately to make sure your correct name and address are on file with the Union. It is vital.  




 



 
 

 

Barry Cross
Committeeperson-at-Large

UNIT 1 (GM)
CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
2/19/18
 
Jeffrey Hall

Kenneth Hines
Committeeperson-at-Large

F Y I

Hello Team:

In accordance with the GM-UAW National Agreement, the Arlington Assembly Plant will furnish employees with applications for the purposes of making vacation requests during the period of February 1st through February 28th of each year. The vacation period being applied for is the first Monday in April of each calendar year through the Sunday preceding the first Monday in April of the following year. All vacation applications submitted within the application period will be returned to the employee no later than two (2) weeks from the last day of the application. After the February application period, the employee may apply for any additional open vacation dates, whether the application is for the entire week or one (1) day and will be on a first come, first serve basis. Applications for any additional open vacation dates will be returned at the end of the next working day after the submission of the application.  

TRANSFERS:

No transfers are due to come into Arlington at this time.  

SOLIDARITY:

As a Union, we must learn to stand as a Union. What is done to the least of us is done to all of us. So often we get calls saying that Management said the Union has agreed to certain things. Whenever you hear this, ask your Committeeperson. Stop taking Management’s word. For example, Management told Paint and Body that we made some agreements about changing their schedules. That was a lie. The Union didn’t know anything about the changes. After we got a few phone calls from the members, we got involved and made some changes. We would like to say thank you to the member who didn’t take their words and called us.

If you have an issue that you want us to take a stance on, then come to the union meetings. You can voice your opinions there. Let us know you are willing to fight. Instead, many often run to Facebook. That’s the spot some of us can tell lies without a response. We are just looking for some REAL Union members. We don’t believe in bluffing, it only makes you weaker. Over the years, many of us have been threatened so often with the Arlington mentality that, if you fight back, they will close the plant. If you don’t do what these people say, they will close the plant. It’s time to stop being afraid. If we don’t stand for something we will fall for anything. Trust me, I have heard those comments that, “These people are going to do what they are told.” They are convinced that we are afraid. I can promise this leadership is not.

The Union fought for seniority, the grievance procedure, relief periods, health care, paid holidays, sick and accident benefits, Martin Luther King holiday, short work week, transfer language, (63b) moves, vacation, disability benefits, etc. The first UAW/GM contract was only one page in large print; it’s now 701 pages. Nothing was given to us.

We are tired of this membership being mistreated. WE have the hardest, longest working hour of any other employees in the company. They cut off the contract talks; but, we are constantly working through breaks and lunches to support production. Instead of any type of appreciation, they look at it as a display of greediness. Then, the first thing some of us do is holler the Union is weak. Management gets their ammunition from some of us who run back and forth to Labor turning each other in.

Yes, we can yell and act a fool; and, to some, that means we have a great Union. I was told an empty wagon makes a lot of noise. The Union is here to uphold the contracts and when violated we grieve the issue. Even when there is no violation we still get involved. We know and you know that, no matter what plans we work up under, Management can call nine (9) hours. However, when they do something first, then we hear it’s the Union’s fault. We make our decisions based on facts - preferably a paper trail and sometimes past practice.  

TEMPORARIES:

We know you have questions about your statistics. As of this day, we don’t have an answer. A few weeks back we were told that GM would lay-off some of our Brothers and Sisters who are classified as Temporary employees; and, we would be going to Plan A of the National Agreement. This was because the three-week downtime for this year had been cancelled and GM didn’t get any added volume for SUVs. There is currently conversation that this is being held to add volume; and, hopefully, the decision will be made by February 26, 2018. With the added volume, we may be able to avoid any laying-off or reduction.  

PROFIT SHARING:

Profit Sharing will be paid on February 23, 2018. In our last report, it was mentioned that some of our Brothers and Sisters came to the Committee about doing a gate collection for our Temps. We know some do team or individual collections. The intent is to make sure all the Temps receive a monetary amount. There are several ways to show solidarity. Giving is also a way to show solidarity. This is strictly voluntary. The Shop Chairperson feels that he must lead by example by donating the first $700 - not asking for anyone to follow-up with that amount.

On Monday February 26, 2018, we will place Committee people at the doors with lock boxes one hour before and after every shift. The only person who will have a key to the box is the secretary at the Union Hall. The boxes will be opened on Tuesday, February. 27, 2018 by the secretary. We will seek volunteers to count. Once the count is done we will equally divide the money between our Brothers and Sisters who are classified as Temporary.

We are in hope that people will give $100 up to $300 if they can. If not, we understand; so, give what you can - it will be greatly appreciated no matter what the amount is.  

UNIT 1 (GM) SUB-COUNCIL MEETINGS:

This week (February 19 – 23, 2018) the President, Unit 1 (GM) Shop Committee, Unit 1 (GM) Skilled Trades Representative, Unit 1 (GM) Apprentice Committee Chairperson, and your Unit 1 (GM) Shop Chairperson are attending the UAW/GM Sub-Council 2 and UAW/GM Sub-Council 5 Conferences in Detroit. During our absence, LeNice Coffey will function as Unit 1 (GM) Acting Shop Chairperson; Tiffany Ashley will function as Unit 1 (GM) 2nd Shift Committeeperson-at-Large; and Mary Banks will function as Unit 1 (GM) 3rd Shift Committeeperson-at-Large. Should you need assistance while we are in Detroit, please be sure to contact them.  

2 Corinthians 9:7 “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”  




 



 
 

 

Barry Cross
Committeeperson-at-Large

UNIT 1 (GM)
CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
6/20/17
 
Jeffrey Hall

Kenneth Hines
Committeeperson-at-Large

F Y I

Greetings Local 276:

Let me start by thanking God for granting me this opportunity through you the members of UAW Local 276 at General Motors. I would like to give thanks to those who came before me and others as servants of this membership.

As we move forward, we will ask you for your continued support. Without it, our efforts to insure social and economic justice will be limited. We are not here to battle Management; but, we insist that you, the membership, be treated with respect. Returning to the days of true partnership (GM/UAW Family). Hopefully, Management is in agreement. However, before we can expect them to become family, we must demonstrate that we are family. I’m not a sugar coater. With that being said, we need to realize that we have a tremendous amount of work to do. Your elected and appointed officials will work diligently with Management to resolve your issues. We will keep you informed on our progress.

During the week of June 19, 2017, others and I will be going to a GMS Conference while others will be in Oklahoma for Summer School learning about bargaining. In my absence, Kenny Hines will serve as Unit 1 (GM) Chairperson, Kimberly Baker-Jones will serve as 2nd Shift Committeeperson-at-Large; and, also, Tim Tatum will serve as 3rd Shift Committeeperson-at-Large. Barry Cross and Kenny Hines will be working on 2nd Step grievances.

We ask the membership to please be patient with the incoming Committee people. I have spoken with them and they are very eager to get started.  

Educate Yourself:

Subject: Grievance Procedure

Step One: Presentation of Grievance to Supervisor

(28) Any employee having a grievance or one designated member of a group having a grievance should first take the grievance up with the Supervisor who will attempt to adjust it.

(29) Any employee may request the Supervisor to call the Committeeperson for that District to handle a specified grievance with the Supervisor. The Supervisor will send for the Committeeperson without undue delay and without further discussion of the grievance.

(30) If the grievance is not adjusted by the Supervisor, it shall be reduced to writing on forms provided by the Company and signed by the employee involved; and, one copy shall be given to the Supervisor. The Committeeperson shall then take the grievance up with higher supervision with or without another Committeeperson, according to the agreed local practice.  

Proverbs: 19:2 Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.  




 






 
 

 

 






 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

UAW Local 276 Proudly Marches in the 2018 Grand Prairie MLK Parade
January 15, 2018

 
 
 


 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

A big thank you to our members who took time to celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King and his legacy. You have set a good example for all members of UAW Local 276
 
 
 




 


 
 

 




 





 
 

 

 
 

 

Barry Cross
Committeeperson-at-Large

UNIT 1 (GM)
CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
1/12/18
 
Jeffrey Hall - Shop Chairperson
Terry Valenzuela - President

Kenneth Hines
Committeeperson-at-Large

F Y I

Hello, Team:

Welcome back, hope everyone enjoyed their time off. Let us strive to make this year more successful than the previous.
 

SAFETY:

On January 2, 2018, the Company rolled out a new safety policy. This policy was sent to all the GM Plant Managers and Shop Chairpersons prior to the plant roll-out. As a note about safety: GM Arlington had approximately 75 eye injuries over a one-year period. The eye injuries in different departments were: Stamping – 1; Trim – 21; Chassis – 23; Material – 21; Inspection – 1.
 

UNUSED VACATION:

Per the UAW/GM National Agreement, paragraph (193b): Payment of the unused portion, if any, of the employee’s vacation entitlement, shall be made as soon as possible but not later than February 1 of the following year.
 

COMMUNICATION:

We understand effective communication includes how we listen to others and what we say or don’t say can strengthen or damage our relationship. Therefore, we have provided below some efforts we are moving on to enhance our communication. We are now in the process of distributing departmental letters. The intent is to keep everyone informed about issues that may be different from one department to another.

UAW Vice President, Cindy Estrada developed a Leadership, Education, and Development (LEAD) program. One of our Human Resource Development Coordinators, Mike Cartwright, has been chosen to lead the Local 276 program with the assistance of Human Resource Development Coordinators Clint Farris and Cyenthia Holloway. Mike and his team have developed a website about this program that will enable Local 276 a line of communication with our members. Please visit: uaw276lead.com.
 

PROFIT SHARING:

The amount for the GM 2018 Profit Sharing has not been determined yet. This is a time that our Temporaries feel left out; and, that’s understandable. Hopefully, we can do something to show our appreciation this time around. We have had several employees ask if we could take up a collection to help them. We understand that some do Team donations and that is great. Still some don’t receive anything. If we can get each seniority employee to give, we can make a difference. There have been some proposals of a monetary amount. If you have any proposal, please, let us know. Human nature will make some think it’s a bad idea, and that’s okay. But, please, don’t attempt to draw others in; let them make their own decisions. If anyone has any other suggestion, please let us know.
 

LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE:

The President, Chairpersons, Executive Board, and others will be attending a Region 5 Leadership Conference the week of January 15, 2018. Kenny Hines will be Chairperson with full authorization.
 

EDUCATE YOURSELF: TEAM MEETING GUIDELINES (LOCAL CONTRACT):

Team Meetings are designed to give Team Members an opportunity to exchange information that affects the Team through problem solving; planning; and decision-making on non-contractual issues. The Team can have an impact on the decision that affects the Team, which must be consistent with current policies. It should be noted that all departments will use one common process for Team Meetings. An Agenda should be prepared prior to the meeting. To make sure your Agenda covers what you need: 1) Encourage Team members to suggest agenda items; 2) The Team Leader will prepare the agenda; 3) Each team member will have access to the Agenda prior to the meeting, with the Agenda posted in a known, accessible location; and 4) The agenda should include the following: a. Old business, b. New business.

A. Each team will have a designated area in which to meet; and, B. Team Member’s attendance is mandatory at Team Meetings. Team Members should be on time; participate in discussion pertinent to the issue; offer a suggestion but refrain from taking over the meeting; and, respect other members. C. Team Leader’s attendance is mandatory and must facilitate the Team Meeting. D. Group Leaders will begin the Team Meeting with information to share with the Teams; and, then allow the Teams to conduct their business. Teams may have issues that need to be discussed without the presence of the Group Leader and will be allowed time to do so. E. Management will notify the Teams, prior to meetings with Management personnel, who will be present at the meetings. F. The Team may request that other resource representatives attend Team Meetings such as Committeepersons; Representatives; Reliability Engineers; Vendor Representatives; or the Superintendent. The Team may also request that some of the selected resource representatives listed above attend the meeting but serve only as an observer or mediator.
 

UNION MEETING:

Sunday, January 21, 2018. Regular General Membership Meeting will be at 2:00 PM. Hope to see everyone.
 

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouth, but only such as is good for building up. as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” Ephesians 4:29 (sic)  




 



 
 

 

Barry Cross
Committeeperson-at-Large

UNIT 1 (GM)
CHAIRPERSON’S AND PRESIDENT’S REPORT
12/19/17
 
Jeffrey Hall - Shop Chairperson
Terry Valenzuela - President

Kenneth Hines
Committeeperson-at-Large

F Y I

Hello, Team:

On November 30, 2017, President Terry Valenzuela and I were invited to a leadership meeting in Detroit. The main purposes were a State of the Business and to form a slate for the next International UAW Executive Board. This became a proud moment for Arlington, since they slated our Region 5 Director Gary Jones to become the next UAW International President. He’s a true friend of this Local and plans to retire here in Texas after serving as your next President. I have known Gary for over 20 years. He’s open-minded, honest, nondiscriminatory, and most of all he’s a man of God. So, come June at the convention we can join as one, and officially elect Gary Jones as our next UAW President.

Vance Pearson was slated to be our next Region 5 Director. Vance is currently serving as our Assistant Director under Gary Jones. He is the most energetic leader I have ever met. He brings some enthusiastic philosophies, all animated with a flame of fire that will move mountains.
 

CHRISTMAS PARTIES:

December 2nd we held our Local 276 Christmas party which was followed on December 10th when we celebrated with the children. Thanks to all who participated and to those who wanted to but were not able. Also, we give great thanks to those who put the events together and Management for adjusting the build schedule.
 

TOYS FOR KIDS:

Although we faced some disappointments this year, our goal was still accomplished. We affected 34,000 kids in the Metroplex, and our Angel Tree Program helped 350 CPS children. God’s grace continues to be greater than any obstacles. Thanks to everyone who understood that being unfortunate could have been or may have been you. God sees your good deeds; knows your hearts; and has rewarded you. Also, a special thanks goes out to the President for Toys for Kids Hilda Evaro, Treasurer Hector Mori, Vice President Richard Rowe, Secretary Henriqueta Castillo, Director LaTasha Wells Grant, Director Rhonda McFadden, Director Rita Taylor, and Director Natalie Duran.
 

FMLA:

Before taking or calling in a claim, please make sure you meet the qualifications by contacting your benefits. Also, know that you will need to have worked at least 1,250 hours during the twelve (12) months prior to the date you apply.
 

Volunteer Shifts:

If you agree to work and do not report to work, it will be counted as an ABSENCE, which can be counted as a Doc. 8 violation - depending on your VRs and you calling in on time.
 

LEAD TRAINING:

(Leadership, Education, and Development) During the week of December 4, 2017, we sent over one hundred employees for this training that was initiated by UAW/GM Department Vice President Cindy Estrada. It taught us about the history of the UAW, General Motors, and the future. It also taught us about strategic planning as well as our strengths and weaknesses as a union and as a business.
 

Pay Issue:

We know that we are experiencing major pay issues. General Motors installed a new system, Kronos. This is an issue that was created by Management. We have filed grievances after grievances asking for corrections which finally resulted in Representatives being sent to retrain people. Payroll is 100% Management’s responsibility – not the Union. If you have a pay issue, your first step should be contacting your Group Leader.
 

Temporary Employees:

UAW/GM still hasn’t agreed to make anyone permanent. I know this is not the best news; however, there has not been any talk about reduction. Therefore, hope is still alive.
 

Christmas Shutdown:

Holiday pay is from December 25, 2017 – January 1, 2018. We are not scheduled to work Saturday December. 23, 2017. Third shift returns Monday, January 1, 2018. First and Second shifts return Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
 

My Christmas Wish to You:

If I could wish a wish for you, it would be for peace, faith, and happiness - not only for Christmas but also for the whole year through!

I wish that there will always be food on your table. That you always give to those less fortunate. May you always take time to share, and thank those who have blessed you.

I wish for time, so you may reflect on the blessing that you have, and that you express your love to those who are dear to you.

May you never feel lonely because there are those who care. That you realize that you are special, you are unique, and you make a difference not only at Christmas, but also all year!

I wish for your thoughts to be positive ones; that you never quit; that you never give up; and that you continue to learn.

I wish for the love and peace of God to be with you always.
 

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEARS!
 

“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” - Roman 2:10 (sic)  




 
 
 

 

Barry Cross
Committeeperson-at-Large

UNIT 1 (GM)
CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
12/11/17
 
Jeffrey Hall - Shop Chairperson
Terry Valenzuela - President

Kenneth Hines
Committeeperson-at-Large

PROFIT SHARING ELIGIBILITY FOR 2018

SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENT COVERING PROFIT SHARING PLAN:

Article IV, 4.02, page 12, “To Whom Profit Sharing Amounts are Paid”: In addition to Employees* who are on the active roll at the end of the Plan Year, the Profit Sharing Amount for the Plan Year, if any, will be paid to otherwise eligible, except as otherwise provided in the collective bargaining agreement,:
 

 

(1)
 
 

Employees on layoff or leave of absence, including sick leave, at the end of the Plan Year.
 

 
 

 

(2)
 
 

Employees who retired during the Plan Year, and
 

 
 

 

(3)
 
 

The beneficiary, as designated under Article V, Section 5.01 of the Plan, of such Employee(s) who died during the Plan Year.
 

 
 

TOYS FOR KIDS:

Although we faced some disappointments this year, our goal was still accomplished. We affected 34,000 kids in the Metroplex, and our Angel Tree Program helped 350 CPS children. God’s grace continues to be greater than any obstacles. Thanks to everyone who understood that being unfortunate could have been or may have been you. God sees your good deeds; knows your hearts; and has rewarded you. Also, a special thanks goes out to the President for Toys for Kids Hilda Evaro, Treasurer Hector Mori, Vice President Richard Rowe, Secretary Henriqueta Castillo, Director LaTasha Wells Grant, Director Rhonda McFadden, Director Rita Taylor, and Director Natalie Duran.
 

FMLA:

Before taking or calling in a claim, please make sure you meet the qualifications by contacting your benefits. Also, know that you will need to have worked at least 1,250 hours during the twelve (12) months prior to the date you apply.
 

Volunteer Shifts:

If you agree to work and do not report to work, it will be counted as an ABSENCE, which can be counted as a Doc. 8 violation - depending on your VRs and you calling in on time.
 

LEAD TRAINING:

(Leadership, Education, and Development) During the week of December 4, 2017, we sent over one hundred employees for this training that was initiated by UAW/GM Department Vice President Cindy Estrada. It taught us about the history of the UAW, General Motors, and the future. It also taught us about strategic planning as well as our strengths and weaknesses as a union and as a business.
 

Pay Issue:

We know that we are experiencing major pay issues. General Motors installed a new system, Kronos. This is an issue that was created by Management. We have filed grievances after grievances asking for corrections which finally resulted in Representatives being sent to retrain people. Payroll is 100% Management’s responsibility – not the Union. If you have a pay issue, your first step should be contacting your Group Leader.
 

Temporary Employees:

UAW/GM still hasn’t agreed to make anyone permanent. I know this is not the best news; however, there has not been any talk about reduction. Therefore, hope is still alive.
 

Christmas Shutdown:

Holiday pay is from December 25, 2017 – January 1, 2018. We are not scheduled to work Saturday December. 23, 2017. Third shift returns Monday, January 1, 2018. First and Second shifts return Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
 

My Christmas Wish to You:

If I could wish a wish for you, it would be for peace, faith, and happiness - not only for Christmas but also for the whole year through!

I wish that there will always be food on your table. That you always give to those less fortunate. May you always take time to share, and thank those who have blessed you.

I wish for time, so you may reflect on the blessing that you have, and that you express your love to those who are dear to you.

May you never feel lonely because there are those who care. That you realize that you are special, you are unique, and you make a difference not only at Christmas, but also all year!

I wish for your thoughts to be positive ones; that you never quit; that you never give up; and that you continue to learn.

I wish for the love and peace of God to be with you always.
 

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEARS!
 

“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” - Roman 2:10 (sic)  




 





 
 

 

Barry Cross
Committeeperson-at-Large

UNIT 1 (GM)
CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
6/20/17
 
Jeffrey Hall

Kenneth Hines
Committeeperson-at-Large

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Greetings Local 276:

Let me start by thanking God for granting me this opportunity through you the members of UAW Local 276 at General Motors. I would like to give thanks to those who came before me and others as servants of this membership.

As we move forward, we will ask you for your continued support. Without it, our efforts to insure social and economic justice will be limited. We are not here to battle Management; but, we insist that you, the membership, be treated with respect. Returning to the days of true partnership (GM/UAW Family). Hopefully, Management is in agreement. However, before we can expect them to become family, we must demonstrate that we are family. I’m not a sugar coater. With that being said, we need to realize that we have a tremendous amount of work to do. Your elected and appointed officials will work diligently with Management to resolve your issues. We will keep you informed on our progress.

During the week of June 19, 2017, others and I will be going to a GMS Conference while others will be in Oklahoma for Summer School learning about bargaining. In my absence, Kenny Hines will serve as Unit 1 (GM) Chairperson, Kimberly Baker-Jones will serve as 2nd Shift Committeeperson-at-Large; and, also, Tim Tatum will serve as 3rd Shift Committeeperson-at-Large. Barry Cross and Kenny Hines will be working on 2nd Step grievances.

We ask the membership to please be patient with the incoming Committee people. I have spoken with them and they are very eager to get started.  

Educate Yourself:

Subject: Grievance Procedure

Step One: Presentation of Grievance to Supervisor

(28) Any employee having a grievance or one designated member of a group having a grievance should first take the grievance up with the Supervisor who will attempt to adjust it.

(29) Any employee may request the Supervisor to call the Committeeperson for that District to handle a specified grievance with the Supervisor. The Supervisor will send for the Committeeperson without undue delay and without further discussion of the grievance.

(30) If the grievance is not adjusted by the Supervisor, it shall be reduced to writing on forms provided by the Company and signed by the employee involved; and, one copy shall be given to the Supervisor. The Committeeperson shall then take the grievance up with higher supervision with or without another Committeeperson, according to the agreed local practice.  

Proverbs: 19:2 Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.  




 



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