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Michael Cartwright
President
Phone:   972-647-1282
E-mail:   cartwrightuaw276@aol.com
   


   
   


 



 
 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
04/09/14
4:15 PM

TRIENNIAL ELECTIONS UPDATE:

Nominations for the UAW Local 276 2014 Triennial Elections will be made Sunday, April 13, 2014, as follows:

2:00 PM, Sunday, April 13, 2014 – Regular General Membership Meeting

Executive Board Positions
 

Sunday, April 13, 2014
Unit 1 (GM) Membership Meeting – Immediately following the Regular General Membership Meeting

Unit 1 (GM) Bargaining - All Positions
 

Sunday, April 13, 2014
Unit 2 (Aramark) Membership Meeting – Immediately following the Regular General Membership Meeting

Unit 2 (Aramark) 2nd Shift Alternate Steward and 3rd Shift Alternate Steward Positions

The elections for the above positions will begin at 5:00 AM, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, and will end at 5:00 AM, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The voting period will run for 24 hours. Please, exercise your right to vote.

UNION AWARENESS:

We will be holding our 3rd Union Awareness Class 12:00 PM (noon) this Saturday, April 12, 2014. You are invited to come learn about the history of the UAW and the history of the Local Union. Bring your questions with you and participate in the discussions. The session will be held at the UAW Local 276 Union Hall, 2505 W. E. Roberts Street, Grand Prairie, Texas, 75051.

UAW LOCAL 276 SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER:

The Civil and Human Rights Committee will be sponsoring a bus trip to Choctaw Casino on April 26, 2014. The bus will leave from the north end of the east parking lot at 8:00 AM and will be returning at approximately 4:30 PM. The cost of the event is $25. Please, see a Civil and Human Rights Committee member and check the monitors for details.

SUMMER SCHOLARSHIPS AT BLACK LAKE:

Each summer, the International Union offers UAW members and their children a great opportunity to learn about the UAW and what it is to be a union member. This is the only time of year that our members can go to Black Lake and take not only their spouse but their children as well. This is not a session that the Local Union sends you on. It is a session that the International Union sponsors and that you will have to take vacation time off for. However, the experience is well worth the time; and one you will not forget because of the new friends you will make and the many memories you will have. If it is something you think you might be interested in, please, stop by the Union Hall to pick up an application. Time is running out.

UAW GAINS MEMBERSHIP:

For the 5th straight year, the United Auto Workers has added new members. The UAW reported a net gain of nearly 9,000 members in 2013. Also, there are thousands more workers who are still bargaining first contracts or who are represented but have yet to sign union cards. When those workers are included, the UAW’s membership is over 400,000.

CAP COMMITTEE:

The CAP Committee is selling V-CAP tickets for a chance to win a Mother’s Day basket. The basket will include: cologne, bath and shower gels, lotion, champagne, a gift card, and other goodies. The tickets are two (2) tickets for five dollars ($5) or ten (10) tickets for ten dollars ($10). Check the Union bulletin boards or monitors for ticket sellers.




 



 
 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
03/24/14
4:45 PM

UAW LOCAL 276 WEBSITE UPDATE:

The website for Local 276 has been updated at uawregion5.org. The original site is still available at www.uaw276tx.org. Both websites will continue for now. When the domain is forwarded there will be one site at www.uaw276tx.org. We hope this will better serve the membership with more content and faster local and national updates. Check it out.

 

ELECTION UPDATES:
 

March 30, 2014:

Meetings to ONLY approve the proposed 2014 Triennial Election Dates:

 

 

 

 

 

Regular General Membership Meeting – Approve proposed 2014 Triennial Election Dates for all Executive Board positions

 

 

 

 

 

Unit 1 (GM) Membership Meeting – Approve proposed 2014 Triennial Election Dates for all Unit 1 (GM) Bargaining positions

 

 

 

 

 

Unit 2 (Aramark) Membership Meeting – Approve proposed 2014 Triennial Election Dates for Unit 2 (Aramark) 2nd Shift Alternate Steward and 3rd Shift Alternate Steward positions

 

 

 

 

April 1, 2014:
 
 
 
 

Election of five (5) Delegates to represent UAW Local 276 at the 36th UAW Constitutional Convention. The election will be held at the UAW Local 276 Union Hall, 2505 W. E. Roberts Street, Grand Prairie, Texas 75051. You must be a member in good standing to vote. Remember to exercise your right to vote.

 

 

 

 

April 13, 2014:

Monthly Membership Meetings will be held in addition to the following:

 

 

 

 

 

Regular General Membership Meeting – Nominations for all Executive Board positions

 

 

 

 

 

Unit 1 (GM) Membership Meeting – Nominations for all Unit 1 (GM) Bargaining positions

 

 

 

 

 

Unit 2 (Aramark) Membership Meeting – Nominations for Unit 2 (Aramark) 2nd Shift Alternate Steward and 3rd Shift Alternate Steward positions

 

 

 

 

Question:
 

Why are we having Special Meetings on Sunday, March 30, 2014, to approve the Triennial Election dates and times?

 

 

 

 

Answer:

In order to comply with the UAW Constitution and our Local Bylaws:

 

 

 

 

 

“International Constitution Article 38, Section 10 (d):

 

 

 

 

 

“The following rules shall be mandatory in all Local Union elections for executive officers…

“The date or dates for all elections must be established by the membership body of the Local Union.”

 

 

 

 

 

“International Constitution Article 38, Section 2:

 

 

 

 

 

“…The membership shall be duly notified at least seven (7) days in advance of the time and place of nominations. A notice containing both the time and place of elections and the time and place of any possible run-off election, shall be given at least fifteen (15) days in advance of the elections. At least seven (7) days shall elapse between the time on nominations and the date the election shall take place.”

 

 

 

 

Question:
 

Will there be nominations at these Special Meetings on Sunday, March 30, 2014?

 

 

 

 

Answer:

NO. According to:

 

 

 

 

 

“UAW Local 276 Bylaws Article 5, Section 6:

 

 

 

 

 

“Business for specially called meetings shall be limited to the reason for the specially called meetings…”

and the date for nominating candidates for the 2014 Triennial Elections will be on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

 

 

 

 

CHANGE OF ADDRESS:

Did you receive your 2014 Local 276 Union Card; your Local 276 Newsletter; or your Region 5 Report? If you have moved; if you have changed your name; or if you have changed your phone number(s) and you made those changes with General Motors or Aramark, those changes were not made with UAW Local 276. Please contact the Union Hall (972-647-1282) immediately to make those changes with the Union. Every time we send out mail it costs your Local up to $1,000 in return postage fees. Each Newsletter returned to the Union costs you $1.44, not including the cost of printing. So, please take the time to make that phone call.




 



 
 

                       UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT                       
03/14/14
2:45 PM

WORKING ON SATURDAYS AND/OR SUNDAYS:

I HAVE MET WITH THE PLANT MANAGER REGARDING WORKING ON SATURDAYS AND/OR SUNDAYS. I WOULD LIKE TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FOLLOWING:

IF YOU HAVE PRIOR COMMITMENTS, APPOINTMENTS, OR CANNOT WORK ON THE WEEKENDS, PLEASE GET WITH YOUR COMMITTEEPERSON, THE ZONE COMMITTEEPERSON OR ME IMMEDIATELY! NO ONE HAS TO USE VACATION OR VR DAYS FOR THIS PURPOSE AS LONG AS THEY HAVE MET THE REQUIREMENTS AHEAD OF TIME.

REMEMBER – SEE YOUR COMMITTEEPERSON, THE ZONE COMMITTEEPERSON, OR ME IMMEDIATELY IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS!




 



 
 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
03/11/14
11:30 AM

CONSTITUTIONAL AND TRIENNIAL ELECTIONS:

I understand there have been concerns about the dates of the Constitutional and Triennial Elections based on unofficial, incorrect, and incomplete information on the shop floor. A letter was submitted to International President Bob King:

 

“Dear Brother King:

“Per Article 38, Section 2, of the International Union, UAW Constitution, the election of Local Union Executive Officers shall take place by secret ballot during May and June…

“Due to the fact that 2014 is a year in which UAW Local 276 must elect Local Union Executive Officers as well as Bargaining Committee members for both Units 1 (GM) and Unit 2 (Aramark) and Delegates to the 2014 UAW Constitution Convention, to save expense and time, UAW Local 276 would like to combine these elections to be held simultaneously.

“Therefore, UAW Local 276 respectfully requests that the 2014 General Elections that are stated to be held in May and June be held in April 2014 rather than May and June. In addition, UAW Local 276 respectfully requests that the election of Delegates to the 2014 Constitutional Convention be held at the same time.”

 

 

RESPONSE:

 

 

“Dear Brother Cartwright:

“Regional Director Gary Jones has concurred with the request of your Local Union that it be granted dispensation from any applicable sections of the UAW Constitution and your Local Union Bylaws, to the extent provided herein.

“Your Local Union has requested permission to hold Triennial Elections for the reasons set forth in the body of your letter received February 14, 2014.”

 

 


“Approval is being granted with the understanding that (1) your request is made pursuant to Local Executive Board action or, if not, this action will be reported to and accepted by the membership; (2) this permission is only granted for the 2014 General Elections and, in no way, establishes a precedent for future elections. It should further be noted that this authorization does not adjust or amend the term of office currently being served by any elected representative of your Local Union of the terms of office set forth in the Constitution.

 

 

“In accordance with the authority vested in my office through the Constitution of the International Union, UAW, subject to the foregoing, the request of Local 276, UAW, is hereby approved to conduct early Triennial Elections.

“However, elections for Constitutional Convention Delegates must be held pursuant to the Official Call Letter which is forthcoming.

“Bob King”

 

The reason for the request is simple. It will save our membership approximately $70,000 plus the cost of mailing out notices to the entire membership and Retirees.

It would be irresponsible for us to hold two elections within 30 days of each other, using the exact same process, and spending twice the funds. There is no advantage or disadvantage to any candidate or member, but it will allow your Executive Board, with your support, to continue to be good stewards of our members’ dues dollars.




 



 
 

                       UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT                       
02/06/14
11:45 AM

PROFIT SHARING:

Today we have received the announcement about Profit Sharing. Your commitment and excellent work over the past year has contributed greatly to GM’s strong 2013 business results announced today. Together we improve quality and help make GM a strong company for our customers. You played a key role in our vehicle launches. UAW/GM eligible employees will receive a maximum profit sharing payout of $7500. Payments will be made on 2/28/14.

RUMOR CONTROL:

We have received questions about GM Arlington losing our products and going to two (2) shifts. This is nothing but a rumor.

THANKS:

The Bargaining Committee thanks each and everyone for their hard work and dedication as we try to launch the Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon and coming on board soon the Escalade. As you know, there have been numerous changes to these vehicles and your Bargaining Committee is working as hard as we can to correct as many issues as we can. But, it will take time. So, please be patient with us.

PARAGRAPH 78s:

The Bargaining Committee is out on the floor trying to figure out what is wrong with each job and is working with Management to correct those issues. If anyone has any problems that have not been brought to our attention, please let us know.

PEOPLE MAKE QUALITY HAPPEN:

We are asking everyone to put together a Team for the “People Make Quality Happen” project. Anyone interested in taking part in this project must submit their application by February 10 to Larry O’Neal at in plant extension 2557. In addition, all applications and interviews will go through Larry O’Neal. Please make sure you contact him before Monday, 2/10/14. The Winner of the “People Make Quality Happen” project will go to Detroit.

UPDATE YOUR ADDRESS:

Please contact the Union Hall as soon as possible to update your address (including apartment or lot number), phone number, and name change. The Union has over 2,000 bad addresses, phone numbers, and names – please don’t be one of them. You may contact the Union Hall at 972-647-1282 Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM to update your records.




 



 
 

                       UNEMPLOYMENT INFORMATION                       
01/22/14
4:00 PM

UNEMPLOYMENT INFORMATION:

On January 21, 2014, we were informed by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) that all GM Arlington employees whose payment request has been put on hold by the TWC are required to call the TWC Tele-Center toll-free at 1-800-884-6578, 1-800-939-6631, or 817-420-1600 or 1-512-463-2222 by the date required in the TWC letter notifying the employee of the payment hold. The TWC is well aware of this situation and knows that it will be an inconvenience for employees.

According to the TWC, the reason for the hold is due to reporting Holiday pay for the prior two weeks and then there is no earnings/holiday pay for the next weeks for which the employee filed. Because of this, the payment request goes on hold because the system expects earnings to be reported since the employee reported that he or she is still working for this employer.

Please follow the instructions in your letter and call the phone number as directed by the TWC.

SUB PAY FOR EMPLOYEES FILING UNEMPLOYMENT WITH THE STATE OF TEXAS:

If you filed your unemployment claim with the State of Texas, DO NOT CALL IN FOR A SUB PAYMENT. You are on automatic SUB pay. Calling in will cause a problem with your SUB pay. THIS ONLY APPLIES TO ARLINGTON EMPLOYEES WHO FILED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT WITH THE STATE OF TEXAS.

UAW BENEFITS REPRESENTATIVES


 



 
 

                       UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT                       
01/22/14
3:30 PM

UNUSED VACATION / VR PAY:

For those employees who have unused 2013 vacation time or unused 2013 VR time remaining, GM will issue the payment for that unused time on 1/31/14. If you have questions about this payment, please see your Committeeperson.

PROFIT SHARING:

People have been asking me about rumors they are hearing about Profit Sharing. Therefore, I am sharing with you the update I have just received regarding the employee Profit Sharing contributions to the PSP. According to the company, the 2013 year-end financial results are not yet final. If you wish to make a contribution of all or a portion of your profit sharing plan payout to your PSP, you must affirmatively make such election between January 30, 2014, and 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on February 13, 2014. You can make your election by phone by calling 1-800-489-4646 between 8:30 AM and midnight EST, Monday – Friday; or on the internet by going to www.gmbenefits.com If you do not make your contribution election prior to 4:00 PM EST on Thursday, February 13, 2014, then you will receive the money with your regular pay check.

Should there by a Profit Sharing Payout, remember that it is subject to FICA taxes and Union Dues.

As soon as I receive information about the amount of the Profit Sharing Payout and the date it will be paid, I will put out the information.




 



 
 

                       UNEMPLOYMENT INFORMATION - DECEMBER 2013                       
12/16/13
2:00 PM

The official first day of layoff: December 23, 2013. Your scheduled return to work date is: Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

Employees will receive an unemployment packet from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) in the mail with the instructions on filing for unemployment. This packet will be mailed to your address of record on file with General Motors. Packets should be received 5 to 7 days after last day worked.

IF THE PACKET IS NOT RECEIVED BY January 2, 2014, CALL 1-800-939-6631.

“Please follow instructions provided in the packet by TWC.”

Traditional Employees: Report all Holiday Pay, shift premium, and short workweek earnings.

Entry Level Employees: With less than 1 year seniority. Will not receive Short Workweek Benefits or SUB, during this layoff. Entry level employees with more than 90 days prior to 12/23/2013 must report all holiday pay and shift premium.

All those with 1 year or more seniority, follow same instructions as Traditional employees.

Temporary Employees: With less than 90 days will not receive Holiday Pay. Those employee’s must report zero for the four weeks of layoff.

Note: All other employment earnings MUST be reported to TWC.

“Please follow instructions provided in the packet by TWC.”

UAW LOCAL 276 BENEFIT REPRESENTATIVES


 



 
 

DECEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
9:15 AM


CORRECTION ON DATE FOR SUNDAY
THE CORRECT DATE SHOULD HAVE BEEN    12/8/13    NOT    12/10/13

REGULAR GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Sunday – December 8, 2013
2:00 PM
CANCELLED


 

UNIT 1 (GM) MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Sunday – December 8, 2013
Following Regular General Membership Meeting
CANCELLED


 

UNIT 2 (ARAMARK) MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Sunday – December 8, 2013
Following Regular General Membership Meeting
CANCELLED

 




 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
11/25/13
2:50 PM

     To each and everyone of our members, I want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving. Hopefully, you will be able to spend the Thanksgiving holidays gathered with family and friends enjoying great meals, hours of football, playing games with the kids, and braving the crowds on “Black Friday” – the shopping day after Thanksgiving.
     However you choose to spend your Thanksgiving time off, I know that it is a time well deserved. The long hours and long weeks that we all have been working have taken a toll. Spend your time off wisely so that you will be refreshed when you return.

     Special Note: Per Document No. 11 of the National Agreement, the Quality Performance Payment of $250 will be paid 12/13/13 for the week ending 12/08/13 to those employees whose status on November 15, 2013, was one of the following: Active with seniority; on temporary layoff status; on leave pursuant to Family and Medical Leave Act; on one of the following leaves of absence which has not exceeded ninety (90) days as of 11/15/13 [Informal Leave; Formal Leave; Sickness and Accident Leave; Military Leave; or Educational Leave.]

     New hires who have worked ninety (90) days, please get with your Committeeperson if you have questions about Holiday Pay.




 



 
 

11/20/13
5:30 PM

ATTENTION:
Non Seniority Employees

The TWC (Texas Workforce Commission) will be upstairs
IN THE AUDITORIUM ON
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY,
NOVEMBER 21 & 22

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE UPCOMING
LAYOFF AND THE UNEMPLOYMENT PROCESS




 



 
 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
11/15/13
4:30 PM

V-CAP DRAWING:

The CAP Committee would like to thank everyone for their support during our 2013 campaign. With the support of our membership, we have raised $18,000 in our Cruise Drive. V-CAP supporters are still eligible for a gift card drawing on November 24, 2013, as well as the Cruise drawing on January 14, 2014 – no additional purchase is necessary.

Congratulations to the winners of the two (2) $500 cash drawing winners:


Brett Styron – 2nd Shift Body Shop (54 Conveyor)
David Batres – 1st Shift Material Department

JANUARY DOWNTIME:

On Tuesday, the UAW Benefit Representatives and I, along with the GM Personnel Department, met with the Texas Workforce Commission concerning the upcoming downtime. The TWC will be available November 21 -22, 2013, to assist non-seniority employees with their layoff questions concerning eligibility for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays:

3rd Shift – 6:00 AM
2nd Shift – 1:00 PM
1st Shift – 2:00 PM


The TWC will be at the plant again on December 4, 2013, along with UAW Benefit Representatives to assist all seniority with Unemployment Insurance as well as Supplemental Unemployment Benefits (SUB).

UNION AWARENESS TRAINING:

Saturday – November 16, 2013 – 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Come by the Union Hall on Saturday, November 16, 2013, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, to see the video documentary “Brothers on the Line” and learn the history of the UAW. Also, learn about the National and Local Agreements from the Unit 1 (GM) Bargaining Committee.

Unit 2 (Aramark) questions will be addressed by available Stewards and the Executive Board.

UAW CHRISTMAS PARTY:

The UAW Local 276 Solidarity Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2013, at the BallPark in Arlington “Hall of Fame” from 7:00 PM – 12:00 AM (midnight). Tickets will go on sale Monday, November 18, 2013, for $45 per person. To purchase tickets, contact the Union Hall at 972-647-1282. Please see the fliers for additional details.

LEGAL SERVICES REMINDER:

The UAW Legal Services Plan is here, open, and available to assist you with legal problems. Under the terms of the tentative 2011 contract between the UAW and GM, the Plan will continue to accept new cases until December 31, 2013. They will handle all the cases that come in and continue to handle the cases that have been opened by the end of 2013 until they are completed. Please feel free to call or visit their offices with legal problems, issues, and questions at 2225 East Randol Mill Road, Arlington, Texas 76011 or call 817-640-0393.




 



 
 

                       UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT                       
10/11/13
2:50 PM

STAMPING PLANT:

Monday we will be cutting the ribbon for the new Stamping Plant. What a great achievement for all our members who have worked so hard to get it going. Thank you to everyone.

NEW TEMPORARIES:

We have been receiving numerous questions from the new temporaries who were just hired about what they can and cannot do regarding their jobs. For any new temporary who has questions about your rights and what you are able to do, please get with your Committeeperson to address those questions. They will be glad to assist you. If you are unable to contact your Committeeperson, please see your Committeeperson-at-Large Will Langston (2nd Shift); Cyenthia Holloway (3rd Shift); or me. We are here to help you, too. As we go through the year, anything that pertains to you as a temporary and your employment with General Motors will be answered by your Committeeperson. So, please, please get with them.

PERMANENT EMPLOYEES HIRED IN 2012:

Permanent employees who were hired last year will get your raise on your anniversary date. If your seniority date was adjusted giving you a new seniority date, your raise will paid on your adjusted anniversary date. If you do not get it on your anniversary date and it is paid at a later time, Management will pay you retroactively to your anniversary date. If you don’t get your raise, be sure to get with your Committeeperson as soon as possible.

NEW GM EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT PROGRAM:

Exciting changes are here for the GM Employee Discount Program. Now you and your eligible family members can save even more on most Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles!

Starting October 1, 2013, the new Employee Discount is:

 

BIGGER – The GM Employee Discount Program now features a bigger base discount. The comparison chart on the website will show you how much more you’ll save.

 

 

SIMPLER – No need to add Employee Vehicle Allowance to Preferred Pricing – it’s quick and easy to see your savings. Your new discount price is now one easy number listed on the invoice as EMPLOY – just ask your GM Dealer to show you.

 

 

BETTER – Now you can permanently share your discount with aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

 

And you can still combine your employee discount with most current offers – including bonus cash, consumer cash, trade-in allowance, and owner loyalty offers – to save the most money possible on your new GM vehicle.

Visit www.gmfamilyfirst.com to get an authorization number. Print it and take it to a participating GM Dealer to get your vehicle discount.

Be sure to spread the work to your eligible family members about the bigger, simpler, and better GM Employee Discount today!

Eligible employees and retired employees are able to sponsor their spouses, children, grandchildren, parents, step-parents, grandparents (including in-law and step), siblings (including full, half, and step), stepchildren, stepgrandchildren, mother-/father-in-law, sons-/daughters-in-law and brothers-/sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. Same-sex domestic partners (SSDPs) of eligible participants also qualify. Eligible SSDPs are treated the same as spouses, and therefore,their eligible family members are also included.

NEW DISTRICTS:

New Districts have been added to the plant with your new Bargaining Committee Representatives being:

Belinda Langley - Unit 1 (GM) Shop Chairperson

 

(2nd Shift)
Will Langston
Committeeperson-at-Large

 

(3rd Shift)
Cyenthia Holloway
Committeeperson-at-Large

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1ST SHIFT

 

 

Clint Farris
District 1 Shop Committeeperson
          Body Shop (11); Paint – Basic (15); Paint – Final (16)

 

William Standford
District 1 Alternate Committeeperson
    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barry Cross
District 2 Shop Committeeperson
          Trim (17-01); (17-03); (17-05); (17-07); (17-09); (17-45)

 

Anthony Marciano
District 2 Alternate Committeeperson
    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Carbajal
District 3 Shop Committeeperson
         Chassis (25-01); (25-03); (25-05); (25-07); (25-09);
         (25-11); (25-13); (25-15); (25-45);
         Repair (27-01)

 

Steve Montefusco
District 3 Alternate Committeeperson
    
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donnie Slanker – Temporary Appointment
District 4 Committeeperson
         Trim (17-11); (17-13); (17-15); (17-17);
         Drivers/Assemblers (28); Inspection (70)

 

  
 
    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Martinez
District 5 Shop Committeeperson
         Trim/Chassis Skilled Maintenance (19);
         Skilled Maintenance (40); Engineering Powerhouse (41);
         Skilled Trades Pool (43); Paint Skilled Maintenance (45);
         Stamping Skilled Trades (47);
         Body Shop Skilled Maintenance (48);
         Stamping Production (10); Material Production (50)

 

Ralph Walsh
District 5 Alternate Committeeperson
    
  
  
  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2ND SHIFT

 

 

Spencer Dunnell
District 1A Committeeperson
          Body Shop (11); Paint – Basic (15); Paint – Final (16)

 

Roy Bolton
District 1A Alternate Committeeperson
    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kimberly Baker-Jones
District 2A Committeeperson
          Trim (17-01); (17-03); (17-05); (17-07); (17-09); (17-45)

 

Diana Lundine
District 2A Alternate Committeeperson
    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calvin Smith - Temporary Appointment
District 3A Committeeperson
         Chassis (25-01); (25-03); (25-05); (25-07); (25-09);
         (25-11); (25-13); (25-15); (25-45);
         Repair (27-01)

 

Tiffany Ashley
District 3A Alternate Committeeperson
    
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James McCormick
District 4A Committeeperson
         Trim (17-11); (17-13); (17-15); (17-17);
         Drivers/Assemblers (28); Inspection (70)

 

Joseph “Joey” Allen - Temporary Appointment
District 4A Alternate Committeeperson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irene Polito
District 5A Committeeperson
         Trim/Chassis Skilled Maintenance (19);
         Skilled Maintenance (40); Engineering Powerhouse (41);
         Skilled Trades Pool (43); Paint Skilled Maintenance (45);
         Stamping Skilled Trades (47);
         Body Shop Skilled Maintenance (48);
         Stamping Production (10); Material Production (50)

 

Bob Corey
District 5A Alternate Committeeperson
    
  
  
  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3RD SHIFT

 

 

Beverly Roberts
District 1B Committeeperson
          Body Shop (11); Paint – Basic (15); Paint – Final (16)

 

Kerry Hardaway
District 1B Alternate Committeeperson
    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Norwood
District 2B Committeeperson
          Trim (17-01); (17-03); (17-05); (17-07); (17-09); (17-45)

 

Moranto Watson
District 2B Alternate Committeeperson
    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Tatum
District 3B Committeeperson
         Chassis (25-01); (25-03); (25-05); (25-07); (25-09);
         (25-11); (25-13); (25-15); (25-45);
         Repair (27-01)

 

Bryan Degenhardt
District 3B Alternate Committeeperson
    
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LeNice Coffey - Temporary Appointment
District 4B Committeeperson
         Trim (17-11); (17-13); (17-15); (17-17);
         Drivers/Assemblers (28); Inspection (70)

 

Frankie Griffin - Temporary Appointment
District 4B Alternate Committeeperson
    
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Benash
District 5B Committeeperson
         Trim/Chassis Skilled Maintenance (19);
         Skilled Maintenance (40); Engineering Powerhouse (41);
         Skilled Trades Pool (43); Paint Skilled Maintenance (45);
         Stamping Skilled Trades (47);
         Body Shop Skilled Maintenance (48);
         Stamping Production (10); Material Production (50)

 

Kevin Pritchett
District 5B Alternate Committeeperson
    
  
  
  
  

 




 



 
 

                       UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT                       
08/19/13
2:15 AM

REFERRAL SYSTEM:

The Referral System will be opened again starting Wednesday, August 21, 2013, and will end on Monday, September 30, 2013. The reason for reopening the referral system is based on the fact that we had 299 people withdraw from the process because they were not interested. In addition, there were 388 referrals whose phones had been disconnected or they did not return calls after being left three (3) messages. Add to that the 284 no shows. Therefore, you can begin making referrals Wednesday, August 21, 2013. Just make sure you get your referral in before it closes on Monday, September 30, 2013.

Please note: All these positions are temporary positions only.




 



 
 

                       UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT                       
07/16/13
9:00 AM

PAINT AND TRIM PARKING:

All Paint Department and Trim Department employees should now park in the ASRS parking lot.

If you have questions about parking or where to park, please contact your Committeeperson.




 



 
 

                       UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT                       
07/09/13
3:00 PM

CHANGES TO GM CALL-IN SYSTEM:

On Monday, July 8, 2013, GM implemented changes and enhancements to the Call-In System. The reason for the changes was to address issues with system outages. The enhancements are a result of our members being unable to verify that their GM Identification Number (GMIN) was entered correctly.

The most notable change that our members will encounter with the system enhancement is the self-verification of your GM Identification Number. The system will recite the GMIN you entered. It will then prompt you to press the pound (#) key if the GMIN repeated back to you is correct. If the GMIN repeated back to you is not correct, the system will prompt you to press the asterisk (*) key. With this enhancement, you will be able to make sure that you entered your GMIN correctly. Please, listen carefully when the GMIN is repeated back to you.

Additional enhancements will allow Management to capture lost call-in data in the event of a partial system outage. It will also give Management, if required, the ability to use the captured data to populate the Hourly GMTKS and Kronos. The system monitoring process has also been improved to ensure that Call-In System outages are caught in a timely manner.

Should you experience a total outage of the Call-In System, please call 817-652-2200 to report the outage.

RELOCATORS AND NEW HIRES:

We want to extend a big Texas and UAW Local 276 welcome to the Relocators who came into the plant over the past few weeks; and we want to extend a big welcome to all our new hires that have been processing in. Please take the time to introduce yourself; introduce them to your co-workers; and assist them in finding their way around the plant. On behalf of the entire Bargaining Committee, we want to welcome each of you to the Local 276 family.




 



 
 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
06/14/13
11:00 AM

BENEFITS:

Many of our members have received letters from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) saying there has been a potential overpayment to the member. Some members have received additional letters with the amount owed. If you have not settled this issue or you need help with it, please take a copy of the letter to the Benefits office and they will fax it to the Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) department to get the issue resolved.

UAW VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM (V-CAP):

To all Directors Club and Century Club members, the Community Action Program (CAP) Committee is in the process of issuing your cruise tickets for the 2013 drawing. All other CAP level members will follow. Thanks to everyone for supporting this important program.

WOMEN’S COMMITTEE:

There was a delay with the shirts that were ordered from the Women’s Committee. The supplier had issues and asked for additional time. The issues have since been resolved and the orders are being processed. All orders will be filled.

TECHNOLOGY CLASSES AT LOCAL 276 THIS SUMMER:

PLEASE ATTEND THE ON-SITE REGISTRATION.

 
 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 (5:30 AM – 5:00 PM) – ATM at the People Center
 

 
 

 
 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 (5:30 AM – 5:00 PM) – ATM at the People Center
 

 
 

 
 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 (7:30 AM – 4:30 PM) – ATM at Paint Shop
 

 
 

For more information, please contact UAW Representative Mark Barberena at 817-652-2540.

LEGAL SERVICES:

As an active UAW member or Retiree, you and your family have numerous legal services available to you free of charge from the UAW Legal Services Plan offices and cooperating attorneys, but not forever. Under the new labor agreements with GM, Ford, and Chrysler, the Legal Services Plan will stop taking new cases at the end of December 2013. Cases opened before that date will be completed by the Plan. What legal services should you get from your Plan before the benefit is gone? Here are ten of the top services that we believe Plan participants should think about getting now, while our services are still available:

 

1.
 

 

A new Will
 

6.
 

 

Fixing Credit Report problems
 

 

 

2.
 
 

 

A review of past estate planning
 
 

7.
 
 

 

Resolving real estate deed, boundary, or easement problems
 

 

 

3.
 

 

Probate of a relative’s estate
 

8.
 

 

Addressing burdensome debt
 

 

 

4.
 
 

 

Guardianship or Conservatorship proceedings
 

9.
 
 

 

Obtaining a mortgage loan modification
 

 

 

5.
 

 

Social Security Disability for Retirees

10.
 

 

Collecting debts owed to you
 

 

You have full access to all the benefits of the UAW Legal Services Plan until the end of 2013. Please call your local office at 817-640-0393.




 



 
 

                       UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT                       
06/13/13
3:00 PM

A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO OUR MEMBERS WHO ARE FATHERS:

What does it mean to be a Father today? It’s trying to balance your life between your family and your job and sometimes that is a difficult task - especially, when you spend more time at work than you do at home. I fully understand how hard that is when you are a GM employee.

Working eight hours or more a day and two Saturdays a month, makes it very hard to be present during those special moments that mean so much to your children. Daddy, will you be at my school program today? Daddy, will you be at my game this afternoon? Daddy, will you be at my parade on Saturday? Daddy, I need a new dress – will you be able to help me out? Daddy, I need a new part for my car and, by the way, I’ll need some help to install it. Will you be able to help me? Daddy, will you be home to see me off to my Prom? Daddy, will you take me to visit the college where I want to go to school this fall? Daddy, I can’t pay my rent this month – would you help me out? Daddy, I’m getting married in a few months – will you be there for me; will you walk me down the aisle? Daddy, I’m going to make you a Grandpa – will you be there when the time comes? Daddy, I need you.

Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life that some of those moments will be missed: Not because you want to or intend to miss them but because you must be at work; you must spread your time out with all your children; and because you know how important it is to provide for your family.

Hearing, for the first time, your son or daughter say “Daddy” will bring a lump to your throat while at the same time causing your heart to swell six times its normal size. Watching, with pride, as your daughter or son grows into the fine adult that you had envisioned cannot be put into words. What more could a father ask?

There may be times when you secretly wonder if your children love you because they don’t seem to have time to tell you. But, you can be assured that they do. Just remember that you would be wise to tell them that you love them – stop and give them a hug before they head out the door. When they have ventured out on their own into the complicated world of adulthood, take the time to call them. If your daughter or son is in the military, stay in touch with them; be there when they come home. Take the time to send them a hand-written note. To a child (no matter the age), a few words written in the hand of her or his parent conveys more than you can possibly imagine. Pick up the phone and call – the sound of your voice will last forever.

“Before I was myself, you made me, me
With love and patience, discipline and tears,
Then bit by bit stepped back to set me free,

“Allowing me to sail upon my sea,
Though well within the headlands of your fears,
Before I was myself, you made me, me

“With dreams enough of what I was to be
And hopes that would be sculpted by the years,
Then bit by bit stepped back to set me free,

“Relinquishing your powers gradually
To let me shape myself among my peers.
Before I was myself you made me, me,

“And being good and wise, you gracefully
As dancers when the last sweet cadence nears
Bit by bit stepped back to set me free.

“For love inspires learning naturally:
The mind assents to what the heart reveres.
And so it was through love you made me, me
By slowly stepping back to set me free.”

Fathers are the mainstay of the family.




 



 
 

                       UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT                       
06/06/13
3:30 PM

EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT PROGRAM:

I have received communication from the International Union stating that, “The National Parties have agreed to a system purge (closure) of all open Area Hire, Extended Area Hire and Return to Former Community Employee Placement System Applications effective July 15, 2013.

“Employees who currently have an open Area Hire, Extended Area Hire or a Return to Former Community Application and wish to transfer to another plant will need to enter a new application in the Employee Placement System.

“Beginning June 1, 2013, the Employee Placement System will be available for employees to enter new applications. Plant Requisitions processed on or after July 15th will take into account only the new open applications filed after May 31, 2013 in the Employee Placement System.


“Employees will continue to be allowed to receive up to three volunteer area hire and three volunteer extended area hire jobs offers in each calendar year in accordance with the provisions of the 2011 National Agreement. Employees will also continue to be allowed to select multiple plants n the same Area Hire, Extended Area Hire and Return to Former Community Application.

“Any time employees receive a job offer to another location, whether they choose to accept or decline a job offer, all of their applications on filed will be closed. As a result they will have to enter new applications identifying all the plants they would like to transfer to in the Employee Placement System if they have an interest in future transfer opportunities to other plants.

“All employees who have an open application in EPS will be notified in writing of the upcoming changes. Letters will be sent to the employees at their addresses on record in PeopleSoft beginning May 24, 2013. Please contact the UAW Placement Department at (313) 324-5000 or the National Employee Placement Center at (586) 986-6486 or (586) 986-6487 if you have any questions.”

ATTENTION NEW HIRES - HIRED OCTOBER 8, 2012 – NOVEMBER 28, 2012:

For those who may not be aware, all new hires who started on or after October 8, 2012, had their seniority dates adjusted due to the layoff from December 22, 2012, through January 27, 2013. After sitting down, spending some time looking at this, and trying to make sure that each new hire was given the correct seniority date, I discovered that all new hires hired on October 8 – November 28, 2012, had lost two (2) days of seniority. Management is in the process of correcting this error; and, all employees hired on or after October 8, 2012, will gain an additional two (2) days of seniority.

For example: If your seniority date is November 4, 2012, it will now be November 2, 2012. This is STRICTLY AN EXAMPLE.

FOR THOSE HIRED NOVEMBER 26, 2012, FORTY (40) HOURS OF VACATION WAS TAKEN FROM YOU IN ERROR. YOU WILL BE GIVEN THOSE FORTY (40) HOURS BACK – WITH A SENIORITY DATE OF DECEMBER 31, 2012. Those hired on November 28, 2012, you will gain two (2) days of seniority; but, will not get the forty (40) hours of vacation back based on the fact that your new seniority date is January 2, 2013 – you had to have seniority by December 31, 2012.




 



 
 

                       UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT                       
05/29/13
2:00 PM

REFERRAL SYSTEM:

We are pleased to announce that a Performance Bonus will be paid to eligible employees on June 7, 2013, as stated in paragraph (101)(b) of the UAW-GM National Agreement:

 
 

“Performance Bonus Lump Sum Payments.

 
 

 
 

During the current negotiations, the parties agreed to provide a lump sum payment to each eligible employee represented by the Union in accordance with the following table:

 
 

 
 

Eligibility Date

Amount

Payable During Week Ending

 
 

 
 

May 15, 2013

$1000

June 9, 2013

 
 

 
 

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 leave pursuant to Family and Medical Leave Act;

 
 

“*

On one of the following leaves of absence which has not exceeded ninety (90) days as of the eligibility date;

 
 

“*

Informal (Paragraph 103);

 
 

“*

Formal (Paragraph 104);

 
 

“*

Sickness and Accident (Paragraphs 106/108);

 
 

“*

Military (Paragraphs 112 or 218[a]);

 
 

“*

Educational (Paragraph 113)

 
 

SATURDAY SCHEDULES:

Please watch the monitors to stay up-to-date for the Saturdays that we are scheduled to work. This Saturday, 6/1/13, has been cancelled. However, Saturday, 6/15/13, is still a scheduled work day and is noted on the monitors. In addition, the scheduled Saturdays for July, August, and September are noted on the monitors. If you have questions about the scheduled Saturdays, please contact your Committeeperson.




 



 
 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
05/07/13
7:00 AM

FLEX-N-GATE:

Thanks to the support of our UAW Local 276 members, on Wednesday May 1, 2013, the workers at Flex-N-Gate voted by a margin of greater than 2-1 to be represented by the UAW. Our fellow union members Pauline Mims, David Carbajal, and Frank Baskin were called upon by Regional Director Gary Jones to work as Organizers for the International Union to help the Flex-N-Gate workers get educated about the union and what it means to be Union. They worked along with International Regional Servicing Rep “JB” Brown; International Regional Organizer Derek Hernandez; and other Organizers from the International Headquarters. Come to the next Union meeting on Sunday, May 19, 2013, and hear their report. This is just another example of the great work from our members in supporting their Union! GREAT JOB!
 

COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM (CAP):

UAW Region 5, a 17-state region of the United States that includes Texas, has set records in raising political money in the past, and the new goal is $1 million this year. Reactionary laws greatly limit the participation of unions in the political process. UAW-CAP, so far, still has the legal right to raise money and work to give working Americans a voice in politics. Local 276 members are among the leaders in raising V-CAP money in Region 5.
 

UAW VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM (V-CAP):

The V-CAP Check-Off is a voluntary program that allows each member to make a modest contribution each month to the Community Action Program (CAP). These contributions help your union support candidates who care about American workers and their jobs.

By law, union dues cannot be used to support any federal candidate, and in an ever-increasing number of states, any candidate for public office. Our only means of monetary support for many labor-endorsed candidates is through voluntary political contributions, which are put into the International Union’s Political Action Fund, UAW V-CAP. The levels that UAW members in Region 5 can sign up to donate monthly for are:

 
 

“Jim Wells” Memorial Platinum Club *
 
 
 

$50.00
(Annual Gift to be determined)
 

 
 

 
 

Directors Club **
 
 
 
 

$25.00
(Gold UAW V-CAP Watch, one time only –
After Donating a total of $300)

 
 

 
 

Century Club ***
 
 

$8.50
(Annual Gift Varies)
 

 
 

The CAP Committee will be selling CAP tickets at the Union Meeting on Sunday May 19, 2013, for the following levels:

 
 

* Platinum Club
 
 

Purchase 2 tickets for $5 and receive an additional 118 free tickets
 

 
 

 
 

** Directors Club
 
 

Purchase 2 tickets for $5 and receive an additional 118 free tickets
 

 
 

 
 

*** Century Club
 
 

Purchase 2 tickets for $5 and receive an additional 58 free tickets
 

 
 

All levels will be in a drawing for (14) $100.00 gift cards to be given away

 
 

Region 5 Cruise Tickets
 
 
 
 

Chance to Win a Trip to
Alaska, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, or Caribbean)
 

 
 

 
 

Blue Tickets - Cash drawing to Give Away
 
 
 
 
 

$500 - 1 Gift Card
$250 - 1 Gift Card
$100 - 1 Gift Card
$50 - 3 Gift Cards (Local 276 Only)
 

 

To purchase your tickets, see: Vickie Taylor, Sandra Gatson, any CAP Committee member or stop by the Union Hall to sign up.

GOLF TOURNAMENT:

The Recreation Committee is planning a UAW Local 276 Golf Tournament on Monday, May 27, 2013. If you are interested in playing in the Tournament, please contact Roger Woodard at 817-627-5065.

GIMMEFIVE:

Please, sign¬-up today for the GimmeFive by way of any of the following: www.gimmefiveuaw.org or region5.uaw.org or by texting your name and Local Union to 313-288-9979. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!




 



 
 

                       UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT                       
04/08/13
1:30 PM

REFERRAL SYSTEM:

Starting tomorrow (Tuesday, April 9, 2013), DDI will begin testing the referrals who were in the system from last year first. After those individuals have been tested, DDI will then start testing the new referrals. DDI will be calling the referrals and, if they get no answer, DDI will be leaving a message. Please, please, get back with them immediately or they will bypass the referral. If the person you referred does not have a good number on file, please have the person you referred call DDI at 1-800-973-1465. The person that you referred is who must call that number – you do not call that number. Additionally, the person you referred can call that number to see what their status is and about when they might be getting in.

Please note that there were about 200 - 300 people still in the referral system. We are working to get them in first.

TEAM LEADER TESTING:

For those of you, who have applied to be Team Leader, please, get with your Supervisor to make sure you are scheduled for Team Leader testing. Yolanda Twine will be doing Team Leader testing on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.




 



 
 

                       UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT                       
03/19/13
3:00 PM

REFERRAL SYSTEM:

The Referral System will be opened again on March 25, 2013, due to the fact that GM will be hiring approximately one hundred thirty-five (135) permanent employees; approximately four hundred fifty (450) long-term temporaries; and approximately two hundred forty-five (245) short-term temporaries. In addition, there will be fifty-nine (59) Relocators coming to the plant. ACTIVE EMPLOYEES ONLY, please make sure that you put in your ONE (1) referral beginning March 25, 2013, and ending May 31, 2013. I will be talking with Management about cleaning out the referrals that are already in the system and to take those referrals first.




 



 
 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
03/14/13
7:34 PM

LEGAL SERVICES:

As an active UAW member or Retiree, you and your family have numerous legal services available to you free of charge from the UAW Legal Services Plan offices and cooperating attorneys – but not forever. Under the new labor agreements with GM, the Legal Services Plan will stop taking new cases at the end of December 2013. Cases opened before that date will be completed by the Plan.

While no one can predict what legal problems you might have in 2014 and beyond, you can think ahead. What legal services should you get from your Plan before the benefit is gone? To get you thinking, here are ten of the top services that we believe Plan participants should think about getting now, while Legal Services are still available:

 

1.
 

 

A new Will
 

6.
 

 

Fixing Credit Report problems
 

 

 

2.
 
 

 

A review of past estate planning
 
 

7.
 
 

 

Resolving real estate deed, boundary, or easement problems
 

 

 

3.
 

 

Probate of a relative’s estate
 

8.
 

 

Addressing burdensome debt
 

 

 

4.
 
 

 

Guardianship or Conservatorship proceedings
 

9.
 
 

 

Obtaining a mortgage loan modification
 

 

 

5.
 

 

Social Security Disability for Retirees

10.
 

 

Collecting debts owed to you
 

 

You have full access to all the benefits of the UAW Legal Services Plan until the end of 2013. Keep Legal Services in mind. Now is the time to let them help you. Call them at 817-640-0393.

LUMP SUM PAYMENT UPON RETIREMENT:

During the 2011 National negotiations, the parties agreed that any employee who retired under Article II, Section 1 or Section 2 (a) (1), (a) (2), or (a) (3) of the General Motors Hourly-Rate Employees’ Pension Plan on and after October 1, 2011, through and including September 1, 2013, would be entitled to a $10,000 lump sum cash payment upon their retirement.

Pursuant to this understanding, the parties have met and agreed to extend the eligibility for the $10,000 lump sum cash payment to otherwise eligible employees, as defined above who retire on and after October 1, 2011, through and including January 1, 2015. Thereafter, this agreement will terminate, and employees who choose to retire after January 1, 2015, will not be eligible to receive this lump sum cash payment.

FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE ACT (FMLA)::

Effective April 1, 2013, the GM Absence call-in number 1-800-222-8889 will be modified to add an Option 8 prompt for FMLA. Due to this change, the new call-in procedures for FMLA absences are as follows:

1.
 
 

 

You must call the GM absence line at 1-800-222-8889, select Option 8 (FMLA), at least thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of your normal work shift; and
 

 

2.
 
 

 

You must also contact Sedgwick at 1-800-489-4646 (select the prompt for “Disability” and then select “FMLA” to report your absence by the end of your normal work shift.

 

All employees will receive full details concerning the change my mail.




 



 
 

                       UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT                       
02/26/13
2:30 PM

PROFIT SHARING:

I have received numerous calls asking if $1,500 for Child Support, for people who owe child support, will be held back for six (6) weeks before being released like it was for the last Profit Sharing Payment. This year it is supposed to be taken care of so that GM will not be withholding $1,500 from anyone for Child Support. Friendly reminder: All new hires, whether you have ninety (90) days or not, will be getting a Profit Sharing amount that will be prorated based on the number of hours you worked in 2012. All Profit Sharing payments will be made on Friday, 3/1/13.

VACATION:

We are approaching deadline for vacation applications. Please apply for your vacation time by Thursday, 2/28/13, for any type of vacation. Beginning Friday, 3/1/13, you can apply for one day of vacation at a time on a first come first served basis. Seniority has nothing to do with the one day vacation applications.

CONGRATULATIONS:

All employees will be receiving a cup on this Thursday that is called “Keep a Lid on It”. The cup will be a twist top, double insulated tumbler to remind all employees of three (3) important concerns as we prepare for the launch of the next generation full-size SUV. The tumblers will be handed out this coming Thursday, 2/28/13.

T-SHIRTS:

To acknowledge the Stamping Plant, all employees are going to be awarded a special T-Shirt. On Thursday, 2/28/13, the same day you get your tumbler; you will also be asked what size shirt you wear. We will then pass the shirts out within the next day or two after that. So, make sure you give your shirt size so you can get your shirt.

EASTER WEEKEND:

Questions have come up about how the Easter Holiday will work for those employees who are on 3rd Shift. To observe the Easter Holiday of Friday, March 29, 2013, the last day of work for 3rd Shift employees will be the Shift that begins at 10:00 PM on Wednesday March 27, 2013, and ends at 6:06 AM on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Third Shift employees will not report back to work until 10:00 PM on Sunday, March 31, 2013. As clarification for 3rd Shift employees only:

 

Sunday (3/24/13) – 10:00 PM – Report to work (3rd Shift)

 

 

Monday (3/25/13) – 10:00 PM – Report to work (3rd Shift)

 

 

Tuesday (3/26/13) – 10:00 PM – Report to work (3rd Shift)

 

 

Wednesday (3/27/13) – 10:00 PM – Report to work (3rd Shift)

 

 

Thursday (3/28/13) – 10:00 PM – Easter Holiday Observed (3rd Shift)

 

Employees on 1st and 2nd Shifts will observe the Easter Holiday on Friday, March 29, 2013.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH:

This week we will be celebrating Black History Month. This celebration will occur on Thursday for 1st and 2nd Shifts and on Thursday night for 3rd shift. For the Black History Month celebration, there will be a 45 minute lunch for each shift.




 



 
 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
02/25/13
12:00 PM

2012 V-CAP:

I am honored to share the following letter Local 276 received from Region 5 Director Gary Jones:

 

“Congratulations Sisters and Brothers and thank you for your dedication and hard work! On February 6, 2013 at the National CAP Conference I was honored to have accepted the 2012 V-CAP Award on behalf of our entire Region 5 family both active and retired. (sic)

“Thank you for supporting our V-CAP Program and helping us accomplish this great victory. This makes 13 years out of the last 14 years that our Region has won this important V-CAP Award.

“However, our job is not done. The fight we have fought in the past to protect workers will be pale in comparison to the fights we have coming. Unprecedented attacks on Medicare, Social Security, Collective Bargaining, Women’s Rights and attacks on Unions whether it’s Right to Work or so-called Paycheck Protection, we will be tested. (sic)

“As a region, we all must think strategically and all work together to reach our V-CAP goal which is $1 million dollars. I’m asking you and your family to be a part of our future and help us reach our goal. This important V-CAP Award defines raising money to get candidates elected that support these issues that will affect UAW members, their families and other American lives. I have faith in our Region 5 family that together we will achieve our goal and take home this important award again next year. Thank you again Sisters and Brothers for your dedication to this union, let’s continue to stay on this winning path so we can protect future generations to come. (sic)

“In Solidarity,
Gary Jones, Director
UAW Region 5”

 

We can all help to reach Director Jones’ goal for the V-CAP Program by increasing our V-CAP deductions and purchasing Region 5 Cruise Tickets. Let’s take home another V-CAP award next year.




 



 
 

02/15/13
9:30 AM






 



 
 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
02/14/13
4:00 PM

PROFIT SHARING:

Our Profit Sharing this year will be $6,750 for all employees who were compensated for 1850 hours in 2012. If you were on the active roll as of December 31, 2012, and worked less than 1850 hours, your Profit Sharing amount will be based on the number of hours you worked. If you have questions about your Profit Sharing payment, please see your Benefit Representative. Also, don’t forget that you may have diverted part or all of your Profit Sharing to your PSP.

LEGAL SERVICES:

We want to keep reminding everyone that our Legal Service Benefit will end as stated in the UAW/GM 2011 National Agreement, Exhibit I (Legal Services Plan):

 

“Section 7.05 Termination of Plan. This Plan shall be terminated for all current and future Eligible Persons, as defined in Section 4.01 of the Legal Services Plan Agreement, on December 31, 2013. Any application for covered benefits under the Plan received by 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2013, shall be processed by the Plan. Pending legal matters, including applications received by 11:59 p. m. on December 31, 2013, shall be processed to the conclusion of the matter. The Plan shall have no liability for representation of Participants upon the conclusion of the aforementioned matters.” (sic)

 

STANDING COMMITTEES:

All Standing Committee Chairpersons and Co-Chairpersons as well as members of the various Standing Committees are hereby notified to attend the All Standing Committees Meeting on Sunday, February 17, 2013, after the Membership Meeting at the UAW Local 276 Union Hall.

SUB ISSUES:

We are still getting questions about SUB payments not being received. If you have not received your SUB pay or think you were not paid correctly, please see your Benefit Representative as soon as possible. There are Benefit Representatives functioning on all three (3) shifts.

FLEX-N-GATE ACTION:

I want to thank all the UAW Local 276 members who came out to support the rally at Flex-N-Gate yesterday. There were approximately ninety (90) UAW members in attendance. The energy level was high as some Flex-N-Gate workers came outside to witness our support for their issues. Our effort was spearheaded by our Region 5 Area Servicing Representative James E. Brown along with help from Servicing Representatives Wendell Helms, Charlie Nasser, Alex Santana, and International Representative Larry Erickson. Also present were other UAW Presidents and union activists. Thank you again to all our members who took the time out of their day to show their support for workers who are struggling to have fair wages, good benefits, and a safe environment to work in.

GIMMEFIVE IS AS EASY AS SENDING A TEXT:

The UAW has launched a new member mobilization activism program called “GimmeFIVE”. It is designed to recruit and engage members to organize, build power and win justice. According to UAW International President Bob King, “A major challenge we have is to show the broader public that the union movement is a vital leader for economic change. We need to have members involved not only in their local union issues, but in some of the broad policy issues that impact the lives of families in our communities.” “GimmeFIVE” will give us the power we need to build a stronger UAW through Organizing, Mobilizing, Community Involvement and Political Action. We ask that you recruit five (5) members to do the same. Members who complete each segment of the “GimmeFIVE” program will receive recognition buttons. Joining “GimmeFIVE” is as simple as sending a text: Text JOIN to 99795. You will receive a confirmation text welcoming you to the GimmeFIVE Progam. You can also join by going to www.gimmefiveuaw.org and click on “Join GimmeFIVE”.




 



 
 

                       UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT                       
02/14/13
11:50 AM

PROFIT SHARING:

Eligible UAW/GM hourly employees who worked the entire year and received 1850 compensated hours will receive $6750.00. Regular fulltime employees and new hires on the rolls as of December 31, 2012, who worked only part of the year will receive a prorated amount based on the number of hours worked. Those hours will be calculated at $3.6486 per hour. Profit Sharing payments are scheduled to be made on March 1, 2013. This payout is another great example of what your union is doing for you.

Hopefully, next year the Profit Sharing payment will be even bigger because of the new models that are coming out: the Chevrolet Impala, the Chevrolet Silverado, the GMC Sierra, the Buick LaCrosse, the Corvette, and the Cadillac ELR. Hopefully, these are winners and will make our profit share even higher.

SHORT WORK WEEK:

Questions are being raised about who is eligible for Short Work Week and when an employee becomes eligible for Short Work Week. Per the UAW/GM 2011 National Agreement, Article I, Section 2:

 

“Section 2. Eligibility for an Automatic Short Week Benefit

 

 

“(a)
 

An Employee shall be eligible for an Automatic Short Week Benefit for any Week beginning on or after the effective date of this Plan, if:

 

 

 
 

“(1)
 

during such Week the Employee had less than 40 Compensated or Available Hours and

 

 

 

 

“(i)

performed some work for the Company, or

 

 

 
 

 
 

“(ii)
 

for such Week received some jury duty pay, bereavement pay or military pay from the Company, or

 

 

 
 
 

 
 
 

“(iii)
 
 
 

for such Week, received only holiday pay from the Company and, for the immediately preceding Week, either received an Automatic Short Week Benefit or had 40 or more Compensated or Available Hours;

 

 

 
 

“(2)
 

the Employee had at least 1 Year of Seniority as of the last day of the Week …)” (sic)

 

TAHOE AND YUKON:

On February 13, 2013, J.D. Powers and Associates released its report for vehicles with the highest customer satisfaction and the top two (2) winners in the Large Crossover/SUV are the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon built by the proud members of UAW Local 276. I want to say thank you to all our members for working so hard and doing all you possibly could to build a great product. Your hard work has paid off in a big way. Keep up the good work – it helps with the sales for GM products and pays off in our Profit Sharing.

Happy Valentine


 



 
 

                       UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT                       
02/06/13
3:00 PM

The following people are your current representatives who represent you on your shift in your district until the next elections:

 

1ST SHIFT

 

 

 

 

District 1:
 

 

Body Shop (Dept. 11); Paint – Basic (Dept. 15); Paint – Final (Dept. 16)
      District Shop Committeeperson - Clint Farris
      Alternate Committeeperson - William Standford

 
 
 
 

 

District 2:
 

 

Trim (Dept. 17)
      District Shop Committeeperson - Barry Cross
      Alternate Committeeperson - Anthony Marciano

 
 
 
 

 

District 3:
 

 

Chassis (Dept. 25); Repair (Dept. 27); Drivers/Assemblers (Dept. 28); Inspection (Dept. 70)
      District Shop Committeeperson - David Carbajal
      Alternate Committeeperson - Steve Montefusco

 
 
 
 

 

District 5:
 
 
 
 

 

Trim/Chassis Skilled Maintenance (Dept. 19); Skilled Maintenance (Depts. 40, 45, 48); Engineering Power House (Dept. 41); Skilled Trade Pool (Dept. 43); Apprentices (Dept. 85); Material (Dept. 50)
      District Shop Committeeperson - Richard Martinez
      Alternate Committeeperson - Ralph Walsh

 
 
 
 
 

 

2ND SHIFT

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMITTEEPERSON-AT-LARGE – WILL LANGSTON

 

 

District 1A:
 

 

Body Shop (Dept. 11); Paint – Basic (Dept. 15); Paint – Final (Dept. 16)
      District Committeeperson - Spencer Dunnell
      Alternate Committeeperson - Roy Bolton

 
 
 
 

 

District 2A:
 

 

Trim (Dept. 17)
      District Committeeperson - Kimberly Baker-Jones
      Alternate Committeeperson - Eva Briseño

 
 
 
 

 

District 3A:
 

 

Chassis (Dept. 25); Repair (Dept. 27); Drivers/Assemblers (Dept. 28); Inspection (Dept. 70)
      District Committeeperson - James McCormick
      Alternate Committeeperson - Tiffany Ashley

 
 
 
 

 

District 5A:
 
 
 
 

 

Trim/Chassis Skilled Maintenance (Dept. 19); Skilled Maintenance (Depts. 40, 45, 48); Engineering Power House (Dept. 41); Skilled Trade Pool (Dept. 43); Apprentices (Dept. 85); Material (Dept. 50)
      District Committeeperson - Irene Polito
      Alternate Committeeperson - Terry Valenzuela

 
 
 
 
 

 

3RD SHIFT

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMITTEEPERSON-AT-LARGE – CYENTHIA HOLLOWAY

 

 

District 1B:
 

 

Body Shop (Dept. 11); Paint – Basic (Dept. 15); Paint – Final (Dept. 16)
      District Committeeperson - Beverly Roberts
      Alternate Committeeperson - Kerry Hardaway

 
 
 
 

 

District 2B:
 

 

Trim (Dept. 17)
      District Committeeperson - Donald Norwood
      Alternate Committeeperson - Frankie Griffin

 
 
 
 

 

District 3B:
 

 

Chassis (Dept. 25); Repair (Dept. 27); Drivers/Assemblers (Dept. 28); Inspection (Dept. 70)
      District Committeeperson - Tim Tatum
      Alternate Committeeperson - Brian Degenhardt

 
 
 
 

 

District 5B:
 
 
 
 

 

Trim/Chassis Skilled Maintenance (Dept. 19); Skilled Maintenance (Depts. 40, 45, 48); Engineering Power House (Dept. 41); Skilled Trade Pool (Dept. 43); Apprentices (Dept. 85); Material (Dept. 50)
      District Shop Committeeperson - Kenny Hines
      Alternate Committeeperson - Kevin Pritchett

 
 
 
 
 




 



 
 

                       UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT                       
02/05/13
2:30 PM

PARAGRAPH (63a) AND (63b) TRANSFERS:

For anyone looking to go to a different department, make sure that you complete a paragraph (63a) or (63b) transfer form just in case an opening occurs in another department. You must have your form on file at least one (1) week prior to the opening you wish to apply for.

PROFIT SHARING FOR NEW HIRES:

I have been in contact with the International Union regarding new hires to see who might be eligible for Profit Sharing. As of the date of this report, I have not gotten a response to my questions; therefore, I am still waiting on an answer.

For those employees who receive Profit Sharing and who want to defer all or a portion of their Profit Sharing to their PSP, you have until Thursday, February 7, 2013, to make that decision. Letters were mailed to everyone explaining the process for the Profit Sharing - make sure you read the letter you received about deferring any of your Profit Sharing and follow the instructions. Remember – You only have until Thursday, February 7, 2013, to make a deferral.

CALL IN PROCEDURE:

If you are going to be late for work or absent, you are required to call 1-800-222-8889 thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of your shift. Additionally, since we have gone from ten (10) hours a day to eight (8) hours a day, you no longer have five (5) hours from the start of your shift to be considered absent. Now, you have four (4) hours from the start of your shift to be considered absent. Please, be at work within four (4) hours of the start of your shift so that you will not be considered absent.

VACATION:

For those who may have problems with the vacation forms, please be advised that I have been working with Management to get the Alternate Committee people off the line fulltime to assist the Committeepersons to help everyone get the vacation time they apply for.

78s:

If you feel that you are having problems with your job, please, please, please contact your Committeeperson for whatever reason as soon as possible. Your Committeeperson will be glad to assist you with your problem and help you get it resolved.

NEW HIRE SENIORITY DATES:

New hires can determine when they have reached their ninety (90) day date by the following:

 

HIRED ON

 

NINETY (90) DAY DATE

 

 

10/08/12

 

2/11/13

 

 

10/10/12

 

2/13/13

 

 

10/15/12

 

2/18/13

 

 

10/17/12

 

2/20/13

 

 

10/22/12

 

2/25/13

 

 

10/24/12

 

2/27/13

 

 

10/29/12

 

3/04/13

 

 

10/31/12

 

3/06/13

 

 

11/05/12

 

3/11/13

 

 

11/08/12

 

3/14/13

 

 

11/12/12

 

3/18/13

 

 

11/14/12

 

3/20/13

 

 

11/26/12

 

4/01/13

 

 

11/28/12

 

4/03/13

 

The ninety (90) day date is based on the assumption that you have not missed any time. If you have, get with your Committeeperson to determine your ninety (90) day date.

PRODUCTION SATURDAYS:

The scheduled Saturdays for Production are:

 

Saturday - 02/23/13

 

 

Saturday - 03/09/13

 

 

Saturday - 03/23/13

 

 

Saturday - 04/06/13

 

 

Saturday - 04/20/13

 

 

Saturday - 05/04/13

 

 

Saturday - 05/18/13

 

 

Saturday - 06/01/13

 

 

Saturday - 06/15/13

 

Any additional scheduled Production Saturdays are to be determined.




 



 
 

                       UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT                       
01/18/13
2:30 PM

HAPPY NEW YEAR:

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year; and, I hope that you are enjoying your time off. Additionally, we are looking forward to everyone returning to work.

UNUSED VACATION PAY AND DEFERRED HOLIDAY PAY-OUT:

For those employees who have unused vacation remaining from 2012, they can expect to receive the payment in Roll 5 which will have a payment date of February 1, 2013. When employees view their iPay statements for the Vacation Pay-Out, the codes will be:

Wage Type

 

Pay Slip Description

Vacation Prior Year Payoff

 

VACPRPO

Vacation Prior Year 2.5% Shift Premium

 

VACPRPOR

Vacation Prior Year 5% Shift Premium

 

VACPRPOP2

Vacation Prior Year 10% Shift Premium

 

VACPRPOP3

ATO Prior Year Payoff

 

HOL PRPO

ATO Prior Year Payoff 2.5% Shift Premium

 

HOL PRPR

ATO Prior Year Payoff 5% Shift Premium

 

HOL PRPO2

ATO Prior Year Payoff 10% Shift Premium

 

HOL PRPO3

W-2 MAILING:

GM employees can expect to receive their 2012 W-2s in the mail no later than January 30, 2013. Please keep in mind that GM mails out over 200,000 W-2s each year; therefore, it would not be unusual for an employee to receive her or his W-2 on a different day than other employees, even though the employees may live next door to each other. In all cases, employees should receive their W-2 by January 30, 2013.

GM Payroll has announced that beginning with the production of this year’s W-2s, employees will not have to wait for their W-2 to come in the mail (even though a paper copy will still be mailed). Employees will be able to see and download W-2s from iPay beginning January 28, 2013. If an employee loses her or his W-2, they can simply access iPay in the same manner that the employee views pay statements, and then print a copy of the W-2. Because employee’s pay issues are Payroll’s highest priority and the fact that employees will have the ability to access their W-2s through iPay, Payroll will not return calls concerning lost W-2s until after January 30, 2013.




 



 
 

12/05/12
4:30 PM






 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
11/28/12
4:30 PM

SUB COUNCIL REPORT:

Per Document No. 11 of the UAW/GM National Agreement, the Quality Performance Bonus of $250 will be paid out on Friday, December 7, 2012, to eligible employees. Eligible employees are defined as those whose status with the Company as of the eligibility date of November 15, 2012, is one of the following:

   

Active with seniority [Employees may acquire seniority by working ninety (90) days during a period of six (6) continuous months – Paragraph (56) of the National Agreement)];

 
 

   

On temporary layoff status;

 
 

   

On leave pursuant to Family and Medical Leave Act;

 
 

   

On one of the following leaves of absence which has not exceeded ninety (90) days as of the eligibility date:

 

      

Informal (Paragraph 103)

 
 

      

Formal (Paragraph 104)

 
 

      

Sickness and Accident (Paragraphs 106/108)

 
 

      

Military (Paragraphs 112 or 214[a])

 
 

      

Educational (Paragraph 113)

 
 

DDI:

Everyone in attendance at the Sub-Council had conversations with International about DDI and its testing methods. The International advised us that they are doing everything they can to correct the issues that are going on with DDI. They also told us that they are very aware of the fact that DDI is not re-testing as well as how DDI is doing the testing and that the International is looking at it. According to the International, the way they rate the testing is 0 – 4; but you need a total of eight (8) points with at least one (1) point in each section in order to pass. It is our understanding that the test consists of a written part; assembly part; and a phone interview. To us, the most important thing is to hear the International say they are listening to us; that they are going to work something out; and they are going to try to correct any issues and complaints they have received. I hope that, whatever the International is going to do to assist us to correct the problems with DDI, it is done prior to the time we begin to hire for the K2X next year.

BUSINESS IS GROWING FOR THE UAW AND GM:

What fantastic news to hear that the membership of the UAW has grown from 39,000 to 50,000 just since the bankruptcy.

LEGAL SERVICES:

There about thirteen (13) months left to use your Legal Service Benefit because after December 13, 2013, it will no longer be available. If you need to talk to someone within the International about anything you need help with in regards to legal services, you can contact either Steve Grandstaff at 1-313-202-8140 or Mark Strolle at 1-313-202-8145.

PROFIT SHARING:

International Vice President and Director of the GM Department Joe Ashton told us that the profit sharing payment will probably range somewhere between $5,500 to $7,000.

RELOCATION:

Anyone who is looking to relocate, please make sure that you change your address not only at the plant but also change your address with the National Employee Placement Center. You must change it with Local 276, also.

SUB-COUNCIL ATTENDEES:

In attendance at the Sub-Council 2 (Production) Meeting along with President Cartwright and I were Will Langston, Barry Cross, David Carbajal, and Clint Farris.

President Cartwright and I will be attending the Sub-Council 6 (Skilled Trades) Meeting Thursday and Friday. Alvah Phillips, Kenny Hines, and Richard Martinez will be attending with us. Whatever information I gather at Sub-Council 6, I will be sharing when I get back.




 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
11/19/12
4:45 PM


It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is upon us already! With the overtime everyone has been working and all that’s been going on at the plant with the addition of Relocators and new hires and the start-up of training for 3rd Shift as well as changes to the plant and the construction of the Stamping Plant, we just haven’t had time to think about the passage of time. But, here it is – two days from now – Thanksgiving. Now, if we can just find the time to get everything ready for the Big Day and company, all will go smoothly.

We know that your time off is going to be hectic but, if you can work it into your shopping, buy an extra can of vegetables or an extra package of rolls and drop them off at the nearest Food Pantry or Shelter. It’s so easy to forget about those who are less fortunate than we are but taking that little extra time can go a long way to help those in need and put a smile on your face and a little extra bounce in your step.

Enjoy your family and friends during the Thanksgiving holidays. Get some much needed rest. Maybe start your Christmas shopping. Take a walk in the nice autumn sunshine. Do something special for yourself. Savor your Thanksgiving meal.

To all our members, the Bargaining Committee and I want to wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

BELINDA LANGLEY
UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON

 

WILL LANGSTON

UNIT 1 (GM) COMMITTEEPERSON-AT-LARGE

 

 

CLINT FARRIS

1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 1 SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON

 

 

BARRY CROSS

1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 2 SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON

 

 

DAVID CARBAJAL

1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 3 COMMITTEEPERSON

 

 

RICHARD MARTINEZ

1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 5 SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON

 

 

SPENCER DUNNELL

2ND SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 1A COMMITTEEPERSON

 

 

CYENTHIA HOLLOWAY

2ND SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 2A COMMITTEEPERSON

 

 

JAMES McCORMICK

2ND SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 3A COMMITTEEPERSON

 

 

KENNY HINES

2ND SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 5A SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON

 




 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM)
ENTRY LEVEL EMPLOYEES ONLY
THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
11/15/12
1:15 AM

Attention: NEW UNIT 1 (GM) ENTRY LEVEL EMPLOYEES who are not eligible for Holiday Pay for Thanksgiving Holiday Days off (Wednesday – Friday, November 21 – 23, 2012.)

NEW UNIT 1 (GM) ENTRY LEVEL EMPLOYEES from Texas: You can apply for Unemployment Benefits for the week of Thanksgiving. You will need to report the hours you worked during the week of November 18 – 24, 2012. You must call the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) on the first day you are out of work for that week. Call 1-800-939-6631 to apply for unemployment benefits in Texas, or apply on line: www.twc.state.tx.us This can go towards your waiting week.

NEW UNIT 1 (GM) ENTRY LEVEL EMPLOYEES from Out-of-State: You can file with your State Unemployment Office and follow that state’s rules and regulations for filing an employment claim for the week of November 18 – 24, 2012. Please call your state at:

Illinois: 1-888-337-7234 www.ides.illinois.gov
Kansas: 1-800-292-6333 www.getkansasbenefits.gov
Louisiana: 1-866-783-5567 www.louisiana.gov
Michigan: 1-866-500-0017 www.michigan.gov
New Jersey: 1-888-795-6672 www.state.nj.us
New York: 1-877-358-5306 www.labor.state.ny.us
Oklahoma: 1-800-555-1554 www.unemployment.state.ok.us
Wisconsin: 1-800-822-5246 www.my.unemployment.wisconsin.gov

If you have any questions about filing for unemployment, please call the Unit 1 (GM) Benefit Representatives:

Benefit Office: 817-652-2485 or 817-652-2486
Benefit Office in Body Shop: 817-607-6785
Benefit Office in Paint: 817-607-2919




 



 
 

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1:00 AM






 



 
 

11/16/12
1:00 AM






 



 
 

11/16/12
1:00 AM






 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
10/22/12
11:30 AM

NEW REGION 5 DIRECTOR:

The International Union, UAW, called for a 2012 UAW Special Convention to be held on Friday, October 19, 2012, to elect a new Region 5 Director to replace UAW Region 5 Director Jim Wells who passed away September 27, 2012. The delegates to the Special Convention were the Delegates who had been elected to represent UAW Local 276 at the 2010 UAW International Constitutional Convention. At the 2012 UAW Special Convention, the Delegates in attendance overwhelming elected Gary Jones to be the new UAW Region 5 Director. Brother Jones had been serving as Assistant Director since he was appointed to that position in 2004 by Brother Wells. Congratulations to our new Region 5 Director Gary Jones.

In addition at the 2012 Special Convention, our own UAW Local 276 member Danny Trull was chosen as the new UAW Region 5 Assistant Director to succeed Brother Jones. Congratulations Brother Trull.

For the new members of the UAW Local 276 family, Local 276 has several of its members on the International Staff: UAW Region 5 Assistant Director Danny Trull; UAW Region 5 Servicing Representatives James E. Brown and Danny Trull, Jr., International UAW Auditor Todd Brien; as well as International Benefit Representative Darrell Shepard.

V-CAP:

On behalf of the membership, I want to offer a huge congratulations to the UAW Local 276 CAP Committee for all the extremely hard work they have done. It has paid off with the recognition given to Local 276 for being number 1 in V-CAP donations for Region 5. To each person who worked on collecting V-CAP cards and money, thank you just isn’t enough. To each member who signed up for V-CAP; who increased their V-CAP contributions; who joined the Century Club ($8.50 per month); who continued their Century Club membership; who joined the Director’s Club ($25 per month); and/or who continued their Director’s Club membership – we couldn’t have made the number 1 spot for Region 5. Now, you have to continue that work and not let your money go to waste! Go to the polls early to VOTE! If you can’t get to the polls for early voting – VOTE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2012.

EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS:

Texas residents who are registered to vote in Texas can vote early (October 22 – November 2, 2012) at any early voting location in the Texas County in which the Texas resident lives. To assist you in early voting, a few of the early voting locations for each county are provided:

(Early Voting times are: Mon - Fri 10/22 – 10/26 [8 AM – 5 PM]; Sat 10/27 [7 AM – 7PM]; Sun 10/28 [1 PM – 6 PM]; and Mon – Fri 10/29 – 11/2 [7 AM – 7 PM]:

COLLIN COUNTY

DENTON COUNTY

PARKER COUNTY

Frisco Senior Center
6670 Moore Street
Frisco, Texas

Denton County Admin. Complex
535 S. Loop 288
Aledo, Texas

Aledo Community Center
104 Robinson Court
Aledo, Texas

Collin College Central Park Campus
2200 W. University Drive
McKinney, Texas

Flower Mound Police and Court Bldg.
4150 Kirkpatrick
Flower Mound, Texas

Springtown City Hall
102 East 2nd Street
Springtown, Texas

John and Judy Gay Library
6861 W. Eldorado Parkway
McKinney, Texas

Justin Municipal Building
415 North College
Justin, Texas

Parker County Courthouse Annex
1112 Santa Fe Drive – Annex Kitchen
Weatherford, Texas

Carpenter Park Recreation Center
6701 Coit Road
Plano, Texas



Lewisville Municipal Annex
1197 W. Main Street
Lewisville, Texas



Willow Park Municipal Building
516 Ranch House Road
Willow Park, Texas



DALLAS COUNTY

JOHNSON COUNTY

TARRANT COUNTY

Dallas City Hall
1500 Marilla Street
Dallas, Texas 75201

Commissioner Pct. 3 Maint. Facility
10420 East FM 917
Alvarado, Texas 76009

Tarrant County Sub-Courthouse
700 East Abram Street
Arlington, Texas 76010

Duncanville Library
201 James Collins Blvd
Duncanville, Texas 75116

Burleson Sub-Courthouse Annex
247 Elk Drive – Room 104
Burleson, Texas 76028

Tarrant County Plaza Building
201 Burnett Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Crosswinds High School
1100 N. Carrier Parkway
Grand Prairie, Texas 75050

Cleburne Courthouse
2 North Main Street Suite B6
Cleburne, Texas 76033

Asia Times Square
2615 W. Pioneer Parkway
Grand Prairie, Texas 75051

Irving City Hall
825 W. Irving Blvd
Irving, Texas 75060
6701 Coit Road
Plano, Texas

Commissioner Pct. 4 Maint. Facility
4300 East FM 4
Cleburne, Texas 76031

Mansfield Sub-Courthouse
1100 East Broad Street
Mansfield, Texas 76063

Be sure to wear your election button every day. See the CAP Committee to get your buttons while supplies last.

KIDS’ HALLOWEEN PARTY:

The annual UAW Local 276 Kids’ Halloween Party will be held at the Local 276 Union Hall on Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Bring your kids dressed in their finest Halloween costumes. There will be games and treats. See you at the party.

OFFICIAL ADULT UAW LOCAL 276 CHRISTMAS PARTY:

The official adult UAW Local 276 Solidarity Christmas Party will be held at the Diamond Club at the Texas Rangers’ Ballpark in Arlington on Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM (midnight). You are required to purchase a ticket for each adult attending the adult Christmas Party before the deadline to attend the adult Christmas Party. Tickets for the Adult Christmas Party will go on sale soon. Watch the monitors and Union Bulletin Boards for ticket sales information.




 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
10/16/12
10:23 AM

WELCOME:

On behalf of the membership of UAW Local 276, I would like to extend a big Texas welcome to all the new hires and relocators. We are certainly glad to have you here joining the Local 276 family and will be glad to help you out in any way we can. If you have questions about your job, vacation, VR, or where to locate areas of the plant, please contact your Committeeperson:

 

BELINDA LANGLEY
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON
 

 

 

WILL LANGSTON
 

UNIT 1 (GM) COMMITTEEPERSON-AT-LARGE
 

 

 

CLINT FARRIS
    WILLIAM STANFORD

 
 
 

1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 1 SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON
       1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 1 ALTERNATE
             Body Shop (Dept. 11); Paint [Basic] (Dept. 15); Paint [Final] (Dept. 16)
 

 


 

BARRY CROSS
    DONALD NORWOOD

 
 
 

1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 2 SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON
       1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 2 ALTERNATE
             Trim (Dept. 17)
 

 


 

DAVID CARBAJAL
    TIM TATUM

 
 
 

1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 3 SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON
       1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 3 ALTERNATE
             Chassis (Dept. 25); Repair (Dept. 27); Drivers (Dept. 28)
 

 


 

RICHARD MARTINEZ
    RALPH WALSH

 
 
 
 
 

1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 5 SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON
       1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 5 ALTERNATE
             Skilled Maintenance (Dept. 19); Skilled Maintenance (Dept. 40); Engineering Power House (Dept. 41); Skilled Trade Pool (Dept. 43); Skilled Trade Paint (Dept. 45); Skilled Trade Body Shop (Dept. 48); Apprentice (Dept. 85); Material (Dept. 50)
 

 


 

SPENCER DUNNELL
    BEVERLY ROBERTS

 
 
 

2ND SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 1A COMMITTEEPERSON
       2ND SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 1A ALTERNATE
             Body Shop (Dept. 11); Paint [Basic] (Dept. 15); Paint [Final] (Dept. 16)
 

 


 

CYENTHIA HOLLOWAY
    KIMBERLY BAKER

 
 
 

2ND SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 2A COMMITTEEPERSON
       1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 2A ALTERNATE
             Trim (Dept. 17)
 

 


 

JAMES McCORMICK
    TIFFANY ASHLEY

 
 
 

2ND SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 3A COMMITTEEPERSON
       1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 3A ALTERNATE
             Chassis (Dept. 25); Repair (Dept. 27); Drivers (Dept. 28)
 

 


 

KENNY HINES
    IRENE POLITO

 
 
 
 
 

2ND SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 5A SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON
       1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 5A ALTERNATE
             Skilled Maintenance (Dept. 19); Skilled Maintenance (Dept. 40); Engineering Power House (Dept. 41); Skilled Trade Pool (Dept. 43); Skilled Trade Paint (Dept. 45); Skilled Trade Body Shop (Dept. 48); Apprentice (Dept. 85); Material (Dept. 50)
 

 


Questions about your benefits should be addressed to the Benefit Representatives who are available during 1st and 2nd Shifts:

C. E. Williams [817-652-2485] – 1st Shift Benefit Office
Mike Moses [817-652-2486] – 1st Shift Benefit Office
Kathy Geter [817-607-6785] – 1st Shift Body Shop
Kathy Geter [817-607-2919] – 1st Shift Paint
Norma Flores [817-652-2485] – 2nd Shift

Other numbers that may be important to you:

EAP

Tiny Payne [817-652-2482] – 1st Shift
Rick Acevedo [817-652-2484]

Ergo

Anne Anderson [817-652-2181] – 1st Shift
Rick Hurd [817-607-2905] – 2nd Shift

Safety

Jimmy Steel [817-652-2551] – 1st Shift
Deanne Flowers [817-652-2552] – 2nd Shift

ADAPT

Rodney Kirkland [817-652-6540] – 1st Shift
Bobbie Scott [817-652-2361] – 2nd Shift

Any other things you may need assistance with, please contact John Cox (817-652-2517); Larry O’Neal (817-652-2557) Milton Abrams (817-996-3701); and “Bubba” Barbarena (817-652-2540); Ella Harden (817-652-2573); and Suggestions Jeff Mowdy (817-652-2307).

Again, welcome – we’re glad you’re here.

STAMPING PLANT UPDATE:

During the week of October 22, 2012, the Team Leaders will be coming on board. At that time, we will be providing them with computers, cell phones, helping them get their passport applications filled out, etc. So, that is going to be a busy time for the Team Leaders. When we return the last week in January next year, we will start to remove Team Members from the line for training in the Stamping Plant.

DE-RATE:

Please be advised that, at the start up of going to 3rd shift, there will be a de-rate in the line speed. We will communicate those changes at a later date.

DDI:

I have been getting a lot of calls and requests to do something about people who took the employment application tests and did not pass. Those people want to retake the test. I spoke to GM about retesting but GM is not interested in doing it. So, I have had conversations with the International to see if there is any way of trying to afford those people the opportunity to retest; however, as of yet, I have not heard an answer from them. I suspect the reason I haven’t heard back is because our International Representative had major surgery and is currently out on sick leave. I will continue to follow up on this request.

SATURDAY SCHEDULE:

Just a reminder about the remaining Saturdays that are scheduled for work: November 3rd and 17; December 1st and 16th. If you haven’t marked those Saturdays for work, please do so.

NOVEMBER HOLIDAYS:

Please be advised that Friday, November 16, 2012, is not a scheduled holiday at GM Arlington. As we do each year, that holiday has been moved to the Wednesday before Thanksgiving; therefore, giving our members more time off. Accordingly, the 2012 Thanksgiving Holidays will be Wednesday November 21 through Friday November 23, 2012. Enjoy your holidays.

NATIONAL DAY FOR VOTING:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012, is a scheduled holiday for UAW/GM employees. We are off that day to be allowed to cast our ballots in the city, county, state, and national elections. So, be sure to go to the polls and vote November 6, 2012.

As a reminder about being off Tuesday, November 6th: Monday November 5th and Wednesday November 7th are both black out dates. That means you must work both of Monday the 5th and Wednesday the 7th to get holiday pay. If you have questions or do not understand about black out dates, please see your Committeeperson.




 



 
 

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT (UNIT 2 – ARAMARK)
09/05/12
7:00 PM

*** SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE ***
ONLY *** UNIT 2 (ARAMARK) *** ONLY

UAW LOCAL 276 UNION HALL
2505 W. E. ROBERTS STREET
GRAND PRAIRIE, TX 75051-1025
(972) 647-1282

DATE:            OCTOBER 11, 2012

TIMES:          7:00 AM (3RD SHIFT)

                        12:00 NOON (2ND SHIFT)

                        3:00 PM (1ST SHIFT)


PURPOSE:     Vote to move to a National Agreement with Aramark




 



 
 

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT (UNIT 2 – ARAMARK)
10/05/12
6:15 PM

On October 1, 2012, Aramark took over the Labor Maintenance contract at GM. Change is always difficult and confusing at first and it is understood that there are many questions. Currently, the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the UAW and Aramark is still a work in progress. Until the new contract has been finalized, we will continue to follow the guidelines in the previous contract.

The time clock should be working shortly, but until then, please continue to sign in and out on the paper roster provided. This is to insure that everyone is paid correctly. Unfortunately, many questions cannot be answered at this time due to the unfinished contract negotiations. Everyone will try to solve any problems that arise in the meantime.

Questions can be directed to: Sharon Livingston, Shop Chairperson (972) 647-1282 or Aramark Human Resources (which is located in the old Voith offices upstairs at the plant).




 



 
 

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS
FOR
UAW REGION 5 DIRECTOR JIM WELLS
09/28/12
4:15 PM

VISITATION

Sunday – September 30, 2012
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Elias, Kallal, and Schaaf Funeral Home
727 East Bethalto Blvd.
Bethalto, Illinois 62010
618-377-4000

FUNERAL

Monday – October 1, 2012
1:30 PM

Elias, Kallal, and Schaaf Funeral Home
727 East Bethalto Blvd.
Bethalto, Illinois 62010
618-377-4000

INTERNMENT

Roselawn Memorial Gardens
10 Erwin Plegge Blvd
Bethalto, Illinois 62010-1778
618-377-2188

MEMORIAL

Patches and Badges for Kids
P. O. Box 61
Bethalto, Illinois 62010-0061
618-377-2188




 



 
 

PASSING OF UAW REGION 5 DIRECTOR JIM WELLS
09/27/12
9:15 AM






 



 
 

NEW HIRES ONLY
UNEMPLOYMENT INFORMATION
SEPTEMBER 4, 2012
09/04/12
6:15 PM

ALL NEW HIRE EMPLOYEES ONLY (working as Temporaries prior to 08/10/12):

Employees WHO WERE CLASSIFIED AS TEMPORARY prior to being laid off on Friday, August 10, 2012, must call 1-800-939-6631 and file for unemployment benefits no later than September 5, 2012.

You will file for unemployment for the period of August 13, 2012, through September 3, 2012. If you have already attempted to file and have been denied or if you are denied after filing no later than September 5, 2012, please contact the Benefit Representatives in the Benefit Office at 817-652-2485 or 817-652-2486. For a Benefit Representative in Body Shop, please call 817-607-6785 or for Paint call 817-607-2912. The Benefit Representatives will be able to assist you with your appeal.

Remember: Your last day of work was August 10, 2012.
                     Your return to work date was September 4, 2012.


If you did not work elsewhere during the period of time that you were laid off, you will report “ZERO WAGES” for each week you were laid off.

UAW LOCAL 276 UNIT 1 (GM) BENEFIT REPRESENTATIVES




 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
09/04/12
6:15 PM

WELCOME BACK:

I want to give everyone returning from the downtime a big Texas Welcome Back. Hopefully, you were able to get some well deserved rest; catch up on things you wanted to get done around the house; and enjoyed the time with your family and friends. With all the hours we have been working, the time off was definitely needed.

I also want to give a Big Texas Welcome to the new people we have in the plant. When you see them, be sure to help them get acquainted with not only our members but also with the plant itself.

To our members who were working as temporaries before the downtime, welcome back as fulltime employees.

If anyone has questions about their job, please contact your Committeeperson. If you have questions about your unemployment, please contact the Benefit Representatives.

REFERRAL SYSTEM:

The Referral System will open up again for active, fulltime employees from September 5 – 28, 2012. Hopefully, this will help the relocators to get some of their family members into the plant.




 



 
 

UNEMPLOYMENT INFORMATION
08/23/12
4:45 PM






 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
08/08/12
6:50 PM






 



 
 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
08/06/12
5:55 PM






 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
07/18/12
2:30 PM

HOURLY PAYROLL CHANGES:

Effective August 24, 2012, paper payroll checks will no longer be issued by GM. This will effect about seventy-five (75) employees who do not currently have direct deposit. These employees will be receiving a letter containing information about the new Citi Pay Card at their current address on file. These employees will have until August 1, 2012, to decide to switch to direct deposit or they will begin receiving the pay card by default. Any employee who currently has direct deposit but would like to receive the pay card instead of direct deposit can do so by cancelling the current direct deposit. Effective August 24, 2012, all employees will no longer receive a paper pay stub. GM payroll will begin to use ADP I-Pay. There will be a website that will enable everyone to view their pay stub twenty-four (24) hours a day seven days a week. On August 1, 2012, letters containing I-Pay registration information will be mailed to each employee’s current address. If anyone would like to get a head start on using I-Pay, the website is currently available to all employees at: www.ipay.adp.com

This site has step-by-step instructions for registration. The required registration code is: GM1-Pay for employees. For employees who do not have access to a home computer, group room computers will be available for use. Please make sure that you read everything in the package and understand the information that you will receive in the mail. Please keep an eye out for the full package of information that will be sent to your current address on file. If there are any questions, please contact Chelsea Reicher at in-plant extension 7599.




 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
07/17/12
1:15 PM

REFERRALS:

The Referral System has been opened up. Please get your referrals in.




 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
07/10/12
10:30 AM

FORM I-9:

The purpose of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, is to document that each new employee (both citizen and noncitizen) hired after November 6, 1986, is authorized to work in the United States. All employers are required by the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to have the Form I-9 completed by their employees.

If Management has not contacted you already about completing a Form I-9, you are not required to complete one.

This is not something for everyone. It is only for employees hired after 1986 who do not already have a Form I-9 on file.




 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
07/09/12
11:45 AM

FORM I-9:

If you have not turned in your Form I-9, please do so immediately. This is a federally mandated form. This request is not to harass anyone; it is only to be in compliance with the government. Anyone who is unable to be in compliance will be released.

STAMPING PLANT AND 3RD SHIFT:

We know people are waiting on information about the Stamping Plant and about 3rd Shift. As soon as I get information on the Stamping Plant and on 3rd Shift, I will get it out to you.

VACATION DOWNTIME:

Make sure that you get with your Committeeperson about the Vacation Downtime in August. Remember that you must make a determination about whether you want to use vacation time for the week of August 20 – 24, 2012, or not. You need to make your decision as soon as possible so your checks will not be messed up. If you have questions or need help with the downtime, your Committeeperson will be glad to help you.




 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
06/27/12
4:45 PM

SURVEY:

The DEADLINE to turn in survey for the International UAW is TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012. Check the boxes to pick up your survey.




 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
06/20/12
2:30 PM

THANK YOU:

I want to take this opportunity to offer a very special thank you to our members who pitched in to get our injured member out from under the equipment that injured her yesterday. As soon as you saw what happened, you didn’t hesitate to go into action. There were so many people who immediately went to her aid that I cannot name them all. I just want you to know there are not enough words to thank each and every one of you. Isn’t it amazing what we can all do when we pitch in as a team.

I also want to thank our members for all their prayers and concern. Those prayers and concerns were passed along to our member yesterday when I was with her at the hospital. We will be going back to visit her today, too.

I am glad to report that her surgery went well; that she’s resting well; and that she’s in good spirits.

Thank You Again to Everyone


 
 
 

06/15/12
10:30 AM















 


 
 

06/15/12
8:30 AM















 





 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
06/12/12
3:15 PM

3RD SHIFT:

For many years, General Motors has been studying the feasibility of whether or not to add a 3rd shift to the Arlington plant. This is nothing new here. My understanding about the possibility of a 3rd shift is that GM has been trying to decide if the market for the products we build will support the addition of a 3rd shift. Over the years, I have talked with Diana Tremblay, Larry Zahner, Bill Boggs, Representatives from the International Union, and others concerning the study of a 3rd shift. As soon as Paul Graham confirms with me on whether there will be or will not be a 3rd shift, I promise to put out a letter.

STAMPING PLANT:

We are happy to report that the Stamping Plant is coming along just fine. Please note that the people here in the Arlington plant will have the first opportunity to transfer out to the Stamping Plant. Presently, Arlington GM people will have preference to transfer out there.

NATIONAL AGREEMENTS:

The UAW/GM National Agreements are here; and we hope to have them out on the floor by tomorrow.

RUMOR:

I spoke with Management about the 11- hour rumor that is going around the plant. I have been advised that the 11-hour rumor for GA is not true.

TEAM MEETINGS:

Second Shift Team Meetings will be moved to lunch on Thursday night in support of the Open House based on the fact that they want to make sure people visiting the plant will get the opportunity to see the line running at 5:30 PM when they start.

On Tuesday, June 19, 2012, the week following the Open House, both shifts will have an hour lunch in celebration of Juneteenth.




 



 
 

05/17/12
10:30 AM

GENERAL MOTORS ARLINGTON

ACTIVE EMPLOYEES
SAFETY GLASSES

The only provider for Active Employees’ Safety Glasses is:

Eyechase Eye Associates
4201 South Cooper Street – Suite 737B
Arlington, Texas 76015
817-419-8887

Eyechase Eye Associates
1450 Eastchase Parkway – Suite 100B
Fort Worth, Texas 76120
817-460-6449

If you have questions about Safety Glasses, please contact your Health and Safety Representative.




 






 
 

05/10/12
2:30 PM


 
 

 
 



 
 

PRESIDENT and UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
05/09/12
2:00 PM

PERFORMANCE BONUS LUMP SUM PAYMENT:

Per the 2011 UAW-GM Collective Bargaining Agreement, paragraph (101) (b) “Performance Bonus Lump Sum Payments”:

 

“During the current negotiations, the parties agreed to provide a lump sum payment to each eligible employee represented by the Union in accordance with the following table:

 
 

 


Eligibility Date


Amount

Payable During
Week Ending

 

 

May 15, 2012

$1,000

June 10, 2012”

 

[NOTE: The performance bonus lump sum payment is an element of an employee’s “Eligible Weekly Earnings” and will be deferred at the same rate as their weekly contributions. There will be no new election for employees.]

 

“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 one of the following leaves of absence which has not exceeded ninety (90) days as of the eligibility date:

 
 

 

*

Informal (Paragraph 103)

 

 

*

Formal (Paragraph 104)

 

 

*

Sickness and Accident (Paragraphs 106/108)

 

 

*

Military (Paragraphs 112 or 218[a])

 

 

*

Education (Paragraph 113)”

 

If you have questions about the Lump Sum Performance Bonus, please contact your Benefit Representatives.




 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
04/26/12
10:15 AM

NEW SHREVEPORT EMPLOYEES:

I would like to welcome the 21 people who came to the Arlington plant from Shreveport this past Monday. All 21 of them have been sent to floor already. Please take the time and opportunity to welcome each one of them and tell them we are glad that they are part of our team. Give them a nice big warm welcome and tell them that we appreciate them making Arlington their new home.

DDI TESTING:

The week of May 14 – 19, 2012, DDI will be in the plant to do testing of referrals.




 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
03/28/12
09:30 AM

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY TIME OFF:

Due to the strong customer demand for our products, I have worked with the Plant Manger, the Assist Plant Manager, and the Personnel Director to devise a process to assist people on getting someone to work for them on Fridays and Saturdays, if they wish to be off on Friday and/or Saturday.

In order to get a concrete plan on the Friday and/or Saturday off situation, we had a cross-shift meeting on March 22, 2012, with Area Managers, Superintendents, Business Managers, the Shop Committee, and Alternates. Even though the Friday and/or Saturday off problems were brought to people’s attention, there kept being a misunderstanding between the Union and Management. Hopefully, after the meeting on March 22, 2012, everyone has the clear meaning of what we are trying to do in support of the membership to accommodate time-off for those who want to be off on Fridays and/or Saturdays. Hopefully, this will improve the working relationship in the plant.

EXPECTATIONS

The Business Manager and the District Committeepersons will be the Manpower Committee. They will work together jointly to manage the Manpower for their Departments:

 

*

Open communications will be the key to successfully manage the agreement.

 
 

 

*

Between shift communication is essential to correctly manage the agreement and manpower.

 

 

*
 

Employees who are on vacation on Thursday automatically get Friday and Saturday off. However, employees are not required to take vacation for the Friday and/or Saturday. This is optional based on the employee’s request.

 
 
 

 

*
 

The intent of the agreement is to support time off requests due to our aggressive production schedule.

 

 

*

In order for this agreement to be successful, we must have trained capable replacements.

 
 

 

*


The agreement was not designed for the same person to be off every Friday or Saturday. BUT, if the same person is getting every Friday or Saturday off, AND there is no impact or hardship on anyone else, then it’s okay. That makes good business sense.

 

Again, the process must be done jointly with both shifts being involved. Each employee who wishes to be off on a Friday or Saturday must fill out the required Commitment Form – see example of the form in the plant. There is a deadline for an employee to submit a request: If you need Friday off, you must submit your Commitment Form by Wednesday; if you need Saturday off, you must submit your Commitment Form by Thursday. The Department should canvass their employees to develop a list of employees who are interested in working doubles.

Another step we have taken to help accommodate the needs of employees to be off on Fridays or Saturdays, was to reach an agreement on Flex employees. We have agreed that the two (2) mandatory days for Flex employees are Monday and Friday. Volunteer days for Flex employees are: Thursdays, if we are not working on Saturday; and Saturday, if we are working on Saturday. In addition, we will be adding more Flex employees in each department. This is all to accommodate getting more and more people off.

All of this has been done for all employees. Again, please, please get with your Committeeperson, if you want to be off on Fridays or Saturdays, so we can accommodate you and help you in any way we can. AND, make sure that you fill out your Commitment Form and that you turn it in before the deadline: Wednesday to be off Friday; and Thursday, to be off Saturday.

The Shop Committee and I will continue to work to meet the needs of all the employees during this period of high overtime.

IF YOU HAPPEN TO GET TURNED DOWN FOR VACATION, PLEASE, PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU NOTIFY YOUR COMMITTEEPERSON!

In Solidarity,

 

BELINDA LANGLEY

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON

 

 

WILL LANGSTON

UNIT 1 (GM) COMMITTEEPERSON-AT-LARGE

 

 

CLINT FARRIS
    WILLIAM STANFORD

1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 1 SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON
       1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 1 ALTERNATE

 


 

BARRY CROSS
    DONALD NORWOOD

1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 2 SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON
       1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 2 ALTERNATE

 


 

DAVID CARBAJAL
    TIM TATUM

1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 3 COMMITTEEPERSON
       1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 3 ALTERNATE

 


 

RICHARD MARTINEZ
    RALPH WALSH

1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 5 SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON
       1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 5 ALTERNATE

 


 

 
    BEVERLY ROBERTS

 
       1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 1A ALTERNATE

 


 

CYENTHIA HOLLOWAY
    KIMBERLY BAKER

1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 2A COMMITTEEPERSON
       1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 2A ALTERNATE

 


 

JAMES McCORMICK
    TIFFANY ASHLEY

1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 3A COMMITTEEPERSON
       1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 3A ALTERNATE

 


 

KENNY HINES
    IRENE POLITO

1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 5A SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON
       1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 5A ALTERNATE

 





 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
03/01/12
10:15 AM

REFERRALS:

The referral system will be opened up for the period of March 5 – 31, 2012. Active employees, who would like to make a referral, will need to make their referral during that period. Please note that DDI will be at the plant next week to do testing. Management is attempting to get DDI here on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

VACATIONS:

During the August down time, be sure to put the amount of vacation time that you want to use on the form. If you do not want to use vacation time for the second week only, be sure to put “zero” on your form. If you want to use only a portion of the time for vacation for the second week only, make sure you put the correct amount of time that you want to be used as vacation time, for the second week only, on the form. If you have questions about the down time or completing your form, contact your Committeeperson.




 






 
 

CHILD SAFETY SEATS
02/23/12
4:00 PM


 
 

 
 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
02/16/12
1:50 PM

PROFIT SHARING:

General Motors will issue the Profit Sharing payment up to $7,000 to each eligible hourly employee on Friday, March 2, 2012, based on the number of compensated hours worked in 2011 by eligible hourly employees up to a maximum of 1850 hours. The payment of Profit Sharing will be issued based on the election each eligible employee made between February 1 and February 7, 2012, to either:

 

1.
 

“Take any 2011 Profit Sharing payment in cash - any Profit Sharing payment that is not contributed to the PSP will be included in your regular paycheck, when paid, and will be taxable to you in 2012 at a flat 25% rate for Federal tax; or

 
 
 

 

2.
 

“Elect to contribute all or a portion of the payment on a pre-tax basis to the Personal Savings Plan (PSP) account, subject to tax law limitations.”

 

As a result of the 2011 GM-UAW Negotiations, all prior contribution elections were set to zero. Eligible employees who did not take any action will receive the entire Profit Sharing payment in cash.

Per Exhibit F-1, Article II, paragraph 202 (a) and (b), of the 2011 UAW/GM National Agreement, employees on Workers’ Compensation will be eligible for Profit Sharing provided the employee has received Workers’ Compensation Payments from the Corporation as a result of a totally disabling occupational injury or occupational disease; provided the employee otherwise would have been scheduled to work all hours during such complete calendar week(s) and the employee is actively at work for the Corporation during at least one calendar week (40 hours) in the plan year.” Employees on Workers’ Compensation who have questions about the Profit Sharing Payments should contact the Benefit Office at the plant.

RUMOR CONTROL:

Questions are being asked about the news media report yesterday, February 15, 2012, regarding a change to the GM Pension Plan. As reported by the media, that change affects SALARIED EMPLOYEES ONLY. It does not affect hourly employees – there is no change to the hourly employees’ pension plan.




 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
02/10/12
2:00 PM

SATURDAY SCHEDULES:

We are scheduled to work the following Saturdays:

Saturday – March 3, 2012
Saturday – March 17, 2012
Saturday – March 31, 2012

Saturday – April 21, 2012

Saturday – May 5, 2012
Saturday – May 19, 2012

EASTER & MEMORIAL HOLIDAY SCHEDULES:

The Easter Holiday will be scheduled as a four (4) day weekend: April 6, 7, 8, and 9, 2012.

The Memorial Holiday will be scheduled as a four (4) day weekend: May 25, 26, 27, and 28, 2012.

VACATION DOWNTIME:

The vacation downtime has been scheduled for August 13 – August 24, 2012. The plant will be shutdown during those two (2) weeks. Remember that, during the second week of vacation downtime, you have the option of using your vacation entitlement or being on unpaid leave of absence or you may use four (4) hours of vacation entitlement or eight (8) hours of vacation entitlement or twelve (12) hours of vacation entitlement or sixteen (16) hours of vacation entitlement or twenty (20) hours of vacation entitlement or twenty-four (24) hours of vacation entitlement or twenty-eight (28) hours of vacation entitlement or thirty-two (32) hours of vacation entitlement or thirty-six (36) hours of vacation entitlement or forty (40) hours of vacation entitlement. The choice is yours. But, again, you can only make that choice for the second week only.

The question has been asked: If I choose to take an unpaid leave of absence for the second week of the vacation shutdown, will that affect my SUB pay for the week of August 27, 2012? You do not have to use anything the second week of vacation shutdown to receive SUB the week of August 27, 2012. No matter which choice you make for the second week of vacation shutdown, it will not have any impact on your SUB pay for August 27, 2012.

LAYOFF SCHEDULE:

The plant is scheduled for layoff August 27, 2012, and will return to work on September 4, 2012.

There will be no downtime in December. The downtime that was originally scheduled for December has been cancelled.

As I get more information about the above schedules, I will share it with you as soon as I get it.




 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
02/09/12
2:20 PM

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DOWNTIME:

Many of you have brought concerns to me regarding the downtime that has to be scheduled this year to do plant renovations which are required for us to be able to build the next generation of SUVs here at Arlington. The work that must be done will involve all Production departments, but the most significant changes will be in the Paint Department. The improvements that will be made will give Arlington a world-class Paint Shop. I have been working diligently with our Plant Manager Paul Graham to determine the best time to make these renovations, giving full consideration to the needs of our membership. I expect that the schedule will be announced shortly. As stated in paragraph (202h) of the National Agreement, Management has the right to schedule two (2) weeks of vacation shutdown every year which requires you to use two (2) weeks of vacation. However, given our anticipated high overtime requirements as well as the needs of our membership to have time off, I have been able to secure a special agreement for this year regarding the two-week shutdown. Under this special agreement, the first week will be a vacation shutdown which will require employees to use their vacation entitle of forty (40) hours for the first week of the shutdown. The second week of the shutdown, employees will have the option of using up to forty (40) additional hours of their vacation entitlement in increments of four (4) hours up to forty (40) hours. That is an option for the second week: Any amount of hours between a minimum of four (4) hours up to a maximum of forty (40) hours, or be on an unpaid leave of absence for the second week. Having this option will give the ability to our membership to schedule time off at a different time other than the second week of the shutdown. Please note that you will not be eligible for either SUB pay or unemployment during either of those two (2) weeks.

QUESTIONS ABOUT EASTER:

Also, another concern that has been brought to me pertains to Monday, April 9, 2012, following Easter. I have also been having discussion surrounding the Monday following Easter. I will also be announcing the outcome of our discussions shortly.




 



 
 

PRESIDENT'S REPORT
02/07/12
4:00 PM

V-CAP:

The 2011 V-CAP Cruise winners are:

Daniel Kandlbinder, active member of Local 31
Scott Callis, active member of Local 952

I would like to thank all the UAW Local 276 members who support V-CAP. Our 2010 V-CAP cruise winner from our local was Lakeisa Fuller Dept. 25-1. Be sure to purchase V-CAP tickets and sign-up for automatic V-CAP deductions. You never know: You could be the next winner. In addition, check out your co-worker’s V-CAP gold watch. Ever wonder how they were able to get it? Join the Director’s Club by signing up for an automatic $25 per month V-CAP deduction; reach a total of $300 in $25 per month V-CAP deductions; provide the Financial Secretary with a copy of your check stub showing the $300 in $25 per month deductions; and Local 276 will request your gold watch from Region 5. It’s just that simple.

WHITE T-SHIRT DAY:

Wear your white t-shirt on Thursday, February 9, 2012, in support of the 75th anniversary of the Original “Occupy” sit-downers in Flint Michigan in 1937. “It symbolizes the worker is just as good as the foreman, and on White Shirt Day the guys and girls in the shop wear a white shirt, too.” If you don’t have a white t-shirt, you can purchase a Local 276 commemorative one today. Check the monitors for more information.

UNEMPLOYMENT UPDATE:

If you still have issues with your unemployment claims or SUB payments, please contact the Benefits Office in the plant at 817-652-2485 or 817-652-6486 for GA; 817-607-6785 for Body Shop; or 817-607-2919 for Paint. I have been informed that the entire process will be reviewed with the plant to avoid any future delays in your negotiated benefits. Your UAW Local Benefit Representatives will be there to help you resolve any issue that you encounter with the process.

VOTER REGISTRATION:

Have you registered to vote? If not, our UAW CAP Committee will be holding a voter registration drive. If you are interested in becoming a Registrar or joining the CAP Committee contact Vickie Taylor (1-70-01); Sandra Gatson (2-70-01); or contact the Union Hall at 972-647-1282.

INTERNATIONALLY APPOINTED POSITIONS:

Watch the bulletin boards and monitors for information on how to apply for upcoming International appointments. The appointments will be shift specific – you must be on the shift of the position you are applying for at the time of your application. The appointments will be made by the International Union.




 



 
 

NOTICE TO ALL UAW LOCAL 276 MEMBERS ACTIVE AND RETIRED
01/31/12
11:00 AM





 






 
 

SUB PAY
01/26/12
11:15 AM


 
 

 

If you call 1-800-489-4646 and it does not have information about your particular SUB payment, it will be updated tomorrow.

 



 
 

UNEMPLOYMENT & SUB PAY UPDATE
01/20/12
1:30 PM


The unemployment issues with the State of Texas have been addressed. Texas has sent the information to General Motors; and the SUB checks (for employees who qualified for unemployment) will be mailed on Friday, January 27, 2012.




 



 
 

UNEMPLOYMENT & SUB PAY
01/17/12
5:00 PM







 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
01/17/12
05:00 PM

BARGAINING COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES:

Do you know what the responsibilities are that your Committeeperson, Alternate Committeeperson, Committeeperson-at-Large, and Shop Chairperson are charged with? The Bargaining Committee is charged with:

 

1.

Enforcing both the National and Local Agreements with Management.

 

 

2.

Representing you with a problem you may have on your job at work.

 

 

3.

Representing you should you be up for any type of discipline.

 

 

4.

Negotiating with Management if you file a grievance.

 

 

5.

Negotiating with Management regarding manpower.

 

 

6.

Negotiating with Management regarding work schedules, breaks, and lunches.

 

 

7.

Negotiating the Local Agreement with Management.

 


If you have a question about the above under the National or Local Agreement, please contact your Committeeperson as listed below.

WHO HANDLES MY BENEFITS:

Your Benefit Representatives handle:

 

1.

Your questions regarding Unemployment.

 

 

2.

Your questions regarding SUB pay.

 

 

3.

Your questions regarding health care.

 

 

4.

Your questions regarding prescription drug questions and problems.

 

 

5.

Your questions regarding all other benefits.

 


If you have questions about any of the above listed benefits, including Unemployment and/or SUB pay, please call the Benefit Office at 817-652-2485 or 817-652-2486; or go by the Benefit Office. If you have a problem with a Benefit Representative, you must address your concerns to the President of UAW Local 276 Michael Cartwright.

 

BELINDA LANGLEY

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON

 

 

WILL LANGSTON

UNIT 1 (GM) COMMITTEEPERSON-AT-LARGE

 

 

CLINT FARRIS

1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 1 SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON

 

 

BARRY CROSS

1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 2 SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON

 

 

DAVID CARBAJAL

1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 3 COMMITTEEPERSON

 

 

RICHARD MARTINEZ

1ST SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 5 SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON

 

 

CYENTHIA HOLLOWAY

2ND SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 2A COMMITTEEPERSON

 

 

JAMES McCORMICK

2ND SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 3A COMMITTEEPERSON

 

 

KENNY HINES

2ND SHIFT (GM) DISTRICT 5A SHOP COMMITTEEPERSON

 




 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
01/09/12
09:45 AM

TWO-WEEK SHUTDOWN:

We all know that we have been scheduled to be down two (2) weeks in July. However, it has not been officially announced as to whether those two (2) weeks will be vacation time or not vacation time. Therefore, I am asking that everyone hang on and wait until there is an official announcement. Per paragraph (202a) of the 2011 National Agreement, the Plant Manager has until February 2012, to officially announce the dates for the shutdown and whether or not that will be vacation time.

I am having daily conversations with the Plant Manager and Shop Committee trying to negotiate an equitable agreement with them that would help our people for the possible two-week shutdown. Contractually, a two-week downtime is available per paragraph (202a) 2011 National Agreement:

 

“(202a) During February of each year, the local Management will notify the Shop Committee of its decision to schedule no more than two (2) Plant Vacation Shutdown Weeks, and will identify the specific week or weeks such shutdown will occur. Plant Management may schedule the Plant Vacation Shutdown Weeks to take place during any weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day, or, with the local union’s agreement, during other weeks more advantageous to plant operations. The National Parties may also approve certain weeks that are beneficial to both employees and business needs (e.g. product launches, holiday periods, etc.). ” (sic)

 


Due to all the questions and concerns our people are having, I am asking that everyone be patient, not be a party to rumors, and wait until an official announcement has been made before addressing the vacation question. As soon as a settlement has been agreed upon, I will notify you.




 



 
 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
01/04/12
08:45 AM

Welcome back Brothers and Sisters, I hope your holidays were wonderful. 2011 was very eventful for our membership. 2012 will be very important to us and our future, during this year we must show solidarity and support each other, because our jobs and our way of life are still under attack.

This year it is our goal to strengthen and educate ourselves on the political landscape and how it affects us, our families, and our communities.

Article 41 sec 3 of the UAW Constitution states:

 

“It shall be the duty of each member to participate in all local, state, provincial and federal elections through registration and balloting.”

 


I hope you will join me and your UAW Local 276 Executive Board in doing our part to support our members and all middle class working Americans.

UNION MEMBERSHIP CARDS:

The 2012 UAW Local 276 membership cards were mailed to members’ addresses of record during the Christmas holiday. If you do not receive your card by January 7, 2012, please call the union hall at 972-647-1282 to verify your address. Reminder – if you change your address/phone number with General Motors, you still must also change it directly with the Union Hall.

2012 UAW POCKET CALENDARS:

The 2012 UAW 276 pocket calendars will be available soon and will be issued through the Bargaining Committee.

UNION MEETING REMINDER:

The union meetings scheduled in January (both for active members and retired members) have been cancelled. The February general membership meeting will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2012, at 2:00 PM.

STANDING COMMITTEE BUDGET REQUESTS:

As per UAW Local 276 By-Laws Article 12, section 9, UAW Local 276 standing committees must submit 2012 committee budget requests for consideration by the Executive Board and membership. Deadline for the submissions is 5:00 PM Monday, January 30, 2012. The budget forms may be picked up at the Union Hall Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

DONATION REQUESTS:

As per UAW Local 276 By-Laws Article 12, section 8, donation requests for charities and non-profit organizations must be submitted by members in good standing for consideration by the Executive Board and membership. The deadline for submission is 5:00 PM Monday, January 30, 2012. As above, the donation request forms can be obtained at the Union Hall. Also, be sure all areas are complete, including the tax identification number of the charity or non-profit in question.

*Each properly submitted application will be acted upon at the February Executive Board and general membership meetings.

On behalf of your UAW Local 276 Executive board:

 

Mike Cartwright – President

 

Carl Hudgins – Vice President

 

 

Belinda Langley – Chair (unit 1)

 

Sharon Livingston – Chair (unit 2)

 

 

Terry Valenzuela – 2nd Vice President

 

Katrina Smith – Recording Sec.

 

 

Jimmy Mack – Financial Sec.

 

Yoleata Jackson – Trustee

 

 

Kelly Story – Trustee

 

Kim Houston – Trustee

 

 

Evelyn Holloway – Guide

 

Frank Baskin – Sgt @ Arms

 

 

Lonnie Morgan – Retired Workers Chapter Chair

 

 

 



We would like to thank you for your support in 2011, and we look forward to making 2012 an even better year for our members, our Local, and our community.

*UNEMPLOYMENT WAGE REPORTING!*

December 18 – December 24, 2011: Report “no wages”

December 25 – December 31, 2011: Report the amount of Holiday Pay you will be receiving (multiply your base rate [plus shift premium – if applicable] times 40.0 hours)




 



 
 

UNEMPLOYMENT FILING UPDATE
12/20/11
11:00 AM

ATTENTION:

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has changed the unemployment filing period from one (1) week to two (2) weeks which has changed the filing dates for unemployment to the period of January 1 – 4, 2012. Your individual filing date is stated in the unemployment packet you are getting this week. If you miss the filing date, the makeup dates are Thursday, January 5, 2012, or Friday, January 6, 2012.

You will be reporting wages earned for two (2) weeks:

 

December 18 – December 24, 2011: Report “no wages”

 


 

December 25 – December 31, 2011: Report the amount of Holiday Pay you will be receiving (multiply your base rate [plus shift premium – if applicable] times 40.0 hours)

 




MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT PACKET YOU RECEIVE FROM THE TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION (TWC).

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR PACKET, CALL 1-800-939-6631 TO REQUEST PAYMENT.




 



 
 

UNEMPLOYMENT INFORMATION
12/16/11
11:15 AM






 



 
 

PRESIDENT'S REPORT
11/22/11
5:55 PM

BENEFITS:

Clarification Related to Notice of Termination of the GM Personal Retirement Plan for Hourly-Rate Employees in the United States. On October 18, 2011, you received an HR Bulletin which provided a copy of the Notice of Intent to Terminate the GM Personal Retirement Plan (PRP) for hourly rate employees in the United States. The notice was mailed to all participants in the GM hourly cash balance plan. The termination notice applies ONLY to the HOURLY CASH BALANCE PLAN and NOT TO THE GM. HOURLY RATE EMPLOYEES’ PENSION PLAN. THERE IS NO CHANGE TO THE TRADITIONAL PENSION PLAN!

We received a bulletin that is beneficial to Personal Savings Plan participants about preparing your savings for Retirement. They are offering two (2) workshops that are available for scheduling at our facility. The workshops will be presented by Fidelity experts with the overall purpose of providing investment education for people who have signed up for or are nearing retirement, particularly our Skilled Trades people, as well as anyone on Pre-Retirement to help you develop a solid financial plan during a period of transition. Scheduling for these workshops will be made through the plant with Fidelity. We will update you as this information becomes available.

LAYOFF WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS:

Our Benefit Representatives and I met with John Childers from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) on the process that will be used to file for unemployment the week of December 18 – 24, 2011. This should be an easy process. Everyone will receive their packages in the mail telling you exactly what to do and what date to do it. We have approximately twelve (12) members who may have to combine their unemployment between two (2) states, but they have been identified and will receive separate instructions from Plant Personnel.

FMLA REMINDER:

Effective January 3, 2012, all Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leaves will be administered by Sedgwick CMS - GM’s third party Disability Administrator. Hourly employees will be instructed to call Sedgwick at 1-800-489-4646, select the prompt for FMLA, to request an intermittent or continuous FMLA claim. Sedgwick will evaluate the claim against federal and state guidelines and either process the claim or advise the employee that it does not meet the guidelines. Hourly employees who are reporting an absence under an approved FMLA claim must also call the GM call-in number at 1-800-222-8889. Sedgwick will track and report the claim status to the appropriate plant location’s Labor Relations department.

COMMUNITY SERVICES:

I have been reminded by our Community Services Committee that the holidays are upon us and that our membership may be called upon for support in helping our less fortunate neighbors through gate collections for food and financial donations.

TEN (10) SERVICES YOU SHOULD GET FROM YOUR LEGAL SERVICES PLAN NOW (BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE):

As an active UAW member or retiree, you and your family have numerous legal services available to you free of charge from the UAW Legal Services Plan offices and cooperating attorneys, but not forever. Under the new labor agreement with GM, the Legal Services Plan will stop taking new cases at the end of December, 2013. Cases opened before that date will be completed by the Plan.

While no one can predict what legal problems you might have in 2014 and beyond, you can think ahead. What legal services should you get from your Plan before the benefit is gone? To get you thinking, here are ten (10) of the top services that Plan participants should think about getting now, while our legal benefits are still available:

 

1.

A new will

 

 

2.

A review of past estate planning

 

 

3.

Probate of a relative’s estate

 

 

4.

Guardianship or Conservatorship proceedings

 

 

5.

Social Security Disability for Retirees

 

 

6.

Fixing credit report problems

 

 

7.

Resolving real estate deed, boundary or easement problems

 

 

8.

Addressing burdensome debt

 

 

9.

Obtaining a mortgage loan modification

 

 

10.

Collecting debts owed to you

 

You have full access to all the benefits of the UAW Legal Services Plan until the end of 2013. Keep your legal services benefit in mind. Now is the time to let them help you. The GM local office located in Arlington can be reached at 817-640-0393.




 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
11/21/11
11:50 AM

Finally, the long hot days of summer have faded away and the cool crisp air of late fall has arrived. With the color of the trees changing to gold, red, and yellow, we know that Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

Will your Thanksgiving plans include traveling to see your family and friends? Are you already thinking of the wonderful smells and delightful tastes that make you wish the big day would get here a little sooner? Or will you be entertaining your family and friends; providing them delicious culinary delights from your special recipes? Waiting to see the big smiles, full tummies; listening to the chatter and cheers coming from the gatherings for the football games – all will be the thank you for a great day.

For those of us who are fortunate enough to have jobs, especially in this economy, we can be thankful that we will be sharing our bounty with our friends and families. Should you find your cupboard has just a little extra, think about sharing it with one of the food pantries around the area; share it with those at your church who may not be as fortunate; or share with a neighbor who may be in need.

Being thankful is not just saying the words. Being thankful is sharing your blessings; being thankful is helping someone who lost the sight of being happy to smile again.

To all our members, I want to wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.




 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
10/31/11
3:00 AM

PAY INCREASE FOR ENTRY LEVEL EMPLOYEES:

The pay increase for Entry Level Employees, as provided in the 2011 UAW/GM National Agreement, will be effective on October 31, 2011. Eligible employees will see the wage increase on their pay check dated November 11, 2011. Additional communications are forthcoming regarding the date of the retroactive payment that will include the wage differential due from the date of the ratification of the 2011 UAW/GM National Agreement September 28, 2011, through October 30, 11.

HOLIDAY PAY FOR FLEX AND TEMPS:

All Flex employees and Temporary employees, who have been here over ninety (90) days will receive Holiday Pay starting with the Thanksgiving week of November 23 – 25, 2011, and will also include the week of Christmas as well as the holidays coming for the year 2012.




 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) CHAIRPERSON’S UPDATE
10/09/11
07:30 PM


WORK SCHEDULE - OCTOBER 10, 2011:

Both 1st and 2nd Shift WILL work on Monday, October 10, 2011.




 



 
 

UNIT 1 (GM) CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
10/03/11
10:45 AM

VACATION/PAY IN LIEU:

I understand that the National Agreement has been modified on the “use it or lose it” language. As of today, those of you who have vacation and have not used it, you do not have to use it if you choose not to. We are in discussion on how to implement this. I will be getting with Plant Manager Paul Graham to make sure that we are on the same page on how this is done. Also, I will be taking the Alternates off the line to help with this.

HIGH DEFINITION CAMERAS:

Previously, we put out information that GM now has high definition cameras throughout the property. These high definition cameras are in color and extremely clear. Already, they have video showing employees using other people’s badges to go in and out of the plant. Please, please be careful with your actions because of these cameras. Hopefully, GM will be able to catch people who are breaking into our cars and catch the people who are stealing our cars.

PLANT EXPANSION:

Today we will be celebrating ground breaking for expansion of the plant. As part of that celebration, both sides of the UAW and General Motors staff will be in attendance as well as the media. This is a great thing for General Motors Arlington as it will bring more jobs and a new product to our facility.

2011 GM/UAW NATIONAL AGREEMENT:

The official ratification of the 2011 GM/UAW National Agreement was September 28, 2011, with the effective date of the National Agreement being October 3, 2011. Eligible employees will receive the signing bonus two weeks from the effective date of the National Agreement.




 

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