Unit 1 (GM) Shop Chairperson
Unit 2 (Aramark) Chairperson
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PRESIDENT - UAW LOCAL 276
MEMO FROM THE PRESIDENT
Please be advised that the extension signed between both parties guarantees that talks and negotiations shall continue as they have previously and that we will continue to work under the 2011 agreement stipulations. The National and Local parties are continuing to negotiate. Any rumors that you may hear on the floor are just that,“a Rumor”. Unless the ShopChairman or the President’s signature is attached to any document, it is not official. As stated before in previous newsletters to the membership, all official postings of information during the negotiations, shall be posted on the official UAW LOCAL 276 website!
Johnny M. Pruitte - President
John L. Cox, Jr. - Unit 1 Shop Chairperson
PRESIDENT - UAW LOCAL 276
UNIT 1 (GM) MEMBERS OF UAW LOCAL 276
An extension of time has been agreed
upon between the National Parties of
the UAW and GM to continue the talks
to hammer out difficult issues. What
this simply means to us, here at
Arlington, is that the membership shall
continue to work under our current 2011
working Agreement while the National
Parties continue to talk.
Johnny M. Pruitte
UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON
UNIT 1 (GM) MEMBERS OF UAW LOCAL 276
The UAW has extended to GM an extension in order to hammer out a few more difficult problems that still exist between the parties. The membership shall continue to work their respective shifts and times under the 2011 National Agreement.
UNIT 1 (GM)
UNIT 1 (GM) MEMBERSHIP RECORDS
Unit 1 (GM) members: Please be advised that
updating your address, phone number, etc., on
Socrates does not update your information
with UAW Local 276. Please come to the Union
Hall to complete a Union Information form as soon
as possible. The Union Hall will be open at 6:00
AM Tuesday, September 15, 2015.
NOTE: INCORRECT INFORMATION PERTAINING TO UAW LOCAL 276 AS WELL AS STRIKE INFORMATION IS BEING POSTED TO FACEBOOK, TWITTER, LINKEDIN, AND OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA. To obtain OFFICIAL INFORMATION, please check this website.
UNIT 1 (GM)
UNIT 1 (GM) MEMBERS OF UAW LOCAL 276
At approximately 3:45 PM today, our International Servicing Representative notified the Shop Committee that all Unit 1 (GM) employees are to report to their respective work shifts as scheduled until further notice from your Local 276 Shop Committee – no exceptions.
For those who are not aware, the International Union has chosen Chrysler Fiat as the Strike Target.
UNIT 1 (GM)
UNIT 1 (GM) STRIKE INFORMATION
Greetings my Sisters and Brothers
of UNIT 1 (GM). The following
information has been prepared as
a last minute instruction list
for a possible strike call against
the company. If a strike is called
by the International UAW, you will
be notified out on the lines in the
different departments by those who
have been assigned to notify you.
Please follow these instructions:
UNIT 2 (ARAMARK)
Greetings, Sisters and Brothers of Unit
2 (Aramark). There is so much happening
around us at this time of year with the
negotiations of the GM National Agreement
and the Unit 1 (GM) Local Agreement.
Because of these negotiations, a lot of
Unit 2 (Aramark) members are unsure as
to what their role should be if the UAW
calls a strike against GM.
In the event an authorized strike is called by the International President, UAW Local 276 plans to hold training and enrichment classes involving the membership in learning more about your contract, parliamentary procedure classes, Bylaws classes, union building classes, and, also, specialized grievance handling classes for Stewards and bargaining members. You will have an opportunity to attend at least one of these classes voluntarily on your own time.
It is truly going to be a busy time for all of us if a strike is called by the International office. Please remember that assistance and help can be found through your local union. Daily updates will be available to you as a member on our Local Union website at www.uaw276tx.org and will be your best resource for information.
UAW FINANCIAL SECRETARY’S REPORT
UNIT 1 (GM)
To all Unit 1 (GM) members of UAW Local 276: With the deadline of the National Agreement being 11:59 PM, Monday, September 14, 2015, we are asking that ALL Unit 1 (GM) members prepare for a strike in the event the International UAW calls a strike. As of the writing of this information, that has not happened; however, we ask that you do the following as soon as possible to make sure you receive your strike pay and benefits:
UAW members refer to each other as “Brother” or “Sister”. “Brother” because all men are united. “Sister” because all women are united. A Union of Brothers and Sisters standing together creates the strongest bond of all…a Family – the UAW. It’s contract time and these are the times that bind! Let’s set aside all differences and support our leadership to get the best possible contract.
UNIT 1 (GM) CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
UNIT 1 (GM)
NATIONAL CONTRACT NEWS UPDATE:
UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada has provided us with the following update on the National negotiations:
The above statements by Sister Estrada apply to our Local negotiations as well. Your Unit 1 (GM) Shop Committee is working hard to reach a tentative agreement that will be a positive step forward in our upcoming work life as well as providing a more cohesive safer work environment and will provide better working hours. The interest you have in your job is our interest in obtaining a good Local Agreement.
UNIT 1 (GM) PRESIDENT’S REPORT
UNIT 1 (GM)
UNIT 1 (GM) STRIKE NEWS
Greetings, Sisters and Brothers!
CONGRATULATIONS to yourself, the membership,
for such a great turnout and vote for strike
authorizations last week. We were proud of
the way our members stepped up and came
together in solidarity to show to the GM
Management group that we back our International
and Local leaders as we negotiate terms of
a new contract on both levels. We are hearing
that an average of 97% voted in favor all
across the country which is great for
solidarity. The UAW has done what was needed
in the past to try and help the company stay
in business. In times past, we gave until
it hurt and now it is our time to regain
some of those losses. At the same time, we
want to assure that not only ourselves but
also future generations of UAW workers will
have the opportunity to have good paying
jobs with good benefits.
UNIT 1 (GM) CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
UNIT 1 (GM)
NATIONAL CONTRACT NEWS:
UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada and your
2015 National Bargaining Committee have
advised us that they are continuing to
meet with General Motors daily as they
push your demands and review GM’s counter
proposals. The International Team has been
able to work through the language cleanup
phase (changing names, dates and references)
and are beginning to work longer days in
pursuit of the best possible outcome for
LOCAL CONTRACT NEWS:
Your Unit 1 (GM) Shop Committee is working diligently towards reaching an equitable 2015 Local Agreement with Local Plant Management. We have been at the bargaining table on a daily basis to discuss and hammer out positive results on the Local Demands that were submitted by our members. As in any type of adversarial situation, the pace is slow going; however, we are making progress. Questions are continually being asked of us about what is going to be in the Local Agreement; and, as we have advised before, we have presented all demands that were approved by the membership and will continue to bargain for those demands until we have reached agreements on each and every one. As soon as we have reached a tentative agreement with Local Management, we will provide that information to you. As International UAW Vice President of the GM Department Cindy Estrada expressed about the national negotiations to be patient about the National Agreement, we are asking for your patience about the Local Agreement. We are pushing forward as fast as we can.
Wow! What a turn-out we had for the pre-authorization
for a strike vote. This was the largest number
of voters we have ever had for a strike vote.
Thank you to everyone who participated. We are
aware that several of our members were confused
about when the vote was being held; however,
we hope that they returned during the proper
time to vote. Your turn-out has sent a clear
message that our membership is willing to
stand united in support of the Shop Committee
in getting a fair and equitable Unit 1 (GM)
Local Agreement; and, that we fully support
our International Bargaining Team in winning
a great 2015 National Agreement for us.
Standing in Solidarity makes a mighty force
to be reckoned with.
Pre-Authorization Strike Vote
UNIT 1 (GM)
08/26/15 - 2:30 PM
National Agreement - Production
FOR - 97%
Production Strike Vote for the National Agreement Passed
National Agreement - Skilled Trades
FOR - 97%
Skilled Trades Strike Vote for the National Agreement Passed
Local Agreement - Production
FOR - 97%
Production Strike Vote for the Local Agreement Passed
Local Agreement - Skilled Trades
Skilled Trades Strike Vote for the Local Agreement Passed
UNIT 1 (GM)
DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!
The President wants to remind every member of
Unit 1 (GM) to participate and vote for the
pre-authorization strike vote to be held at
the UAW Union Hall, 2505 W. E. Roberts Street,
Grand Prairie, Texas 75051. The voting will
be held for 24 hours (6:00 AM, Tuesday,
August 25, 2015, through 6:00 AM, Wednesday,
August 26, 2015), with the results sent
immediately to the International UAW in Detroit.
All Unit 1 (GM) Employees in the Bargaining Unit
UNIT 1 (GM) CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
UNIT 1 (GM)
WELCOME FLEX EMPLOYEES:
On behalf of the Local 276 Unit 1 (GM) Bargaining Committee as well as our current members, we would like to extend a big welcome to the new Unit 1 (GM) Flex employees and the returning Unit 1 (GM) Temporary employees who have processed into the plant recently. We are glad to have you as part of our UAW family.
As you know, Local 276 Unit 1 (GM) and local GM Plant Management have initiated negotiations on the 2015 UAW Local 276 / GM Local Agreement. For Local 276 Unit 1 (GM), the negotiations are being conducted by the Unit 1 (GM) Shop Committee:
Unit 1 (GM) Shop Chairperson John L. Cox, Jr.
During the negotiations, we are asking that all questions, issues, problems, etc., pertaining to your job be directed to your District Committeeperson, if he or she is not listed above. For those members who are represented by one of our Shop Committee members, please direct your questions and issues to your Alternate Committeeperson.
UNIT 1 (GM) SIX-DAY SCHEDULE UPDATE:
The National Parties negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding to support a six-day production schedule at the GM Arlington Assembly Plant through the utilization of Flex employees in order to provide additional resources to allow employee to be off on Saturday. The following is an update on the Production Flex employee status:
SATURDAY REQUEST OFF PROCESS:
The following process has been jointly developed to handle seniority employee requests for time off on scheduled production Saturdays:
As with any new process, we are sure there will be some issues that will have to be addressed as well as continuous improvement opportunities. Please be patient as we work through the issues and improve the process. This process was implemented to support requests for Saturdays off which were driven by the six-day production schedule. However, if managed properly, additional time off needs for Monday through Friday can be met utilizing the vacation process.
To see a proposed visual idea of the approved expansion to the GM Arlington Assembly Plant, please pick up the Unit 1 (GM) Chairperson's report dated 08/17/15.
UNIT 1 (GM)
URGENT!      URGENT!      URGENT!      URGENT!      URGENT!
A notice was sent out from the President’s
office and posted all over the plant announcing
a pre-authorization strike vote for UAW
Local 276 Unit 1 (GM). The voting that will
be held for 24 hours from 6:00 AM, Tuesday
August 25, 2015, through 6:00 AM, Wednesday,
August 26, 2015, is for every Unit 1 (GM)
member in good standing. This vote does
not imply that we are going on strike; rather,
it is an authorization to do so should one
be called by the International office of
the President which is covered under the
The polls will be open 24 hours (6:00 AM, 8/25/15 – 6:00 AM, 8/26/15)
SOLIDARITY IN THE PAST! SOLIDARITY IN THE PRESENT! SOLIDARITY IN THE FUTURE!
VOTE “YES” FOR SOLIDARITY
Also, there will be a Strike Committee Meeting at the Union Hall at 2:00 PM, Sunday, August 23, 2015. Please be in attendance if you are willing to serve on the Strike Committee.
NOTE TO NON-MEMBERS: Please think about joining the union now. If there is a strike and you are not a member, you will not be eligible for strike pay and your benefits will be suspended.
UNIT 1 (GM) – UAW LOCAL 276
UNIT 1 (GM) UAW LOCAL 276 WILL CONDUCT ASTRIKE VOTE TO SUPPORT BOTH OUR GM NATIONAL AGREEMENT AND OUR GM LOCAL AGREEMENT. YOU ARE URGED TO VOTE “YES” TO AUTHORIZE THE INTERNATIONAL UAW TO CALL A STRIKE, IF NECESSARY TO OBTAIN A NEW NATIONAL GM AGREEMENT AND A NEW UNIT 1 (GM) LOCAL AGREEMENT.
THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU ARE ADVOCATING A STRIKE NOR DOES IT MEAN THAT WE WILL AUTOMATICALLY GO ON STRIKE AFTER THE VOTE IS TAKEN. THIS STRIKE VOTE ONLY AUTHORIZES UNIT 1 (GM) TO CALL A STRIKE AS A LAST RESORT AND ONLY AFTER PEACEFUL METHODS OF REACHING AN EQUITABLE CONTRACT NATIONALLY OR LOCALLY HAVE FAILED.
NOTE: THESTRIKE VOTE IS ONLY FOR UNIT 1 (GM) MEMBERS WHO ARE IN GOOD STANDING. VOTING WILL BE BY SECRET BALLOT AND CONDUCTED BY THE RULES CONTAINED IN THE INTERNATIONAL UAW CONSTITUTION AND UAW LOCAL 276 BYLAWS.
UNIT 1 (GM)
To apply for an hourly position at the General Motors Assembly Plant Arlington, Texas, please go to: www.gm.appone.com In the “Select Location” box, scroll down to:
TX, Arlington, then click on “Search”.
www.gm.appone.com In the “Select Location” box, scroll down to:
TX, Arlington, then click on “Search”.
In the “Select Location” box, scroll down to:
TX, Arlington, then click on “Search”.
UNIT 1 (GM) CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
UNIT 1 (GM)
EMPLOYMENT INCREASE UPDATE:
Recently, all eyes have been on the Arlington
Assembly Plant; and, rightfully so - after
all we build the best SUVs on the planet.
I truly believe our membership understands
the value of good fact checking. Therefore,
I would like to share a few highlights with
the membership. Since I have been your
Chairperson, 264 temporary workers were
converted to fulltime GM employees on
September 9, 2014, and as of May 4, 2015,
another 198 temporary workers were also
converted to fulltime GM employees.
Additionally, 97 Appendix “A” workers have
had the opportunity to come or return to
our plant of which 53 accepted May 18,
2015. In addition, we have received approval
for the testing of Apprentice candidates
at the GMVM-Arlington facility. We are
also utilizing two Millwrights who were
formally working in Division I. We have
added six (6) of twelve (12) Skilled
Trades positions with six (6) more to come
in the very near future. We are in the
process of instituting a Flex Skilled
Trades program with public notice on
for Electricians, Pipefitters, Millwrights,
Toolmakers and Machine Repair. Forty (40)
Electrician applications have been submitted
thus far. We convinced GM to hire and/or
rehire 50 of 200 temporary employees to
cover vacations. We are now working nine
(9) hours instead of eleven (11).
In this same regard, I would cite the following
investments made by GM: 1) August of 2014 General
Motors bought the property at 2540 E. Abram Street,
formally known as Cowboys Night Club. The property
itself is approximately 11.5 acres with a 100,000
square foot building. The Tarrant County Appraisal
District value is stated as $1.8 million; 2) GM
invested $200 million in our Stamping Plant and
another $330 million in the project expansion
renovation of our current facility for a total
investment of $530 million; 3) The potential
investment of $1.2 billion for a new contiguous
expansion of our plant with a real property
physical value estimated at $307 million and
an estimated $986 million of new equipment.
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING – TEMPS, FLEX & HOURS:
On May 20, 2015, the National Parties called
a special meeting with the Local Leadership and
members of the Bargaining Committees via
conference call. Upon the direction of the
National Parties, a Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) was passed out to the Joint Local
Leadership Group indicating the need for
additional units due to market demand for our
products. Since the Local Union had not previously
reviewed said MOU, the National Parties read the
MOU in its entirety to those on the conference call.
In short, the Arlington Assembly Plant will operate
on a six-day production schedule consisting of three
(3) shifts working Monday through Saturday scheduled
for eight (8) to nine (9) hours per shift starting in
August. As a result, the Flex employees
will join our team to both increase production and
offer our membership the ability to use your
contractual vacation time. The Flex group will increase
our membership by 75 to 100 workers per shift or 225
to 300 workers total. Flex employees will be
utilized to work on Monday, Friday, and Saturday
as well as on other days and shifts when the plant
experiences excessive absenteeism. Flex employees
will be given priority for entry level job
opportunities provided they have worked at least
1,040 hours and have an acceptable work record.
Flex employees will be paid entry level wages,
in accordance with the Group B wage structure,
and will also be eligible for TCN Health Care
coverage. Additionally, Flex employees will receive
pay for all holidays that occur while they are
employed provided the employee was hired at least
90 days prior to the holiday(s). The employee must
have worked the last scheduled work day prior to
and the next scheduled workday after each specified
holiday within the employee’s scheduled workweek.
JULY SATURDAY WORK SCHEDULE:
As of the date of this report, the only Saturday that we are scheduled to work in July is July 11, 2015.
Rumors in the workplace are counterproductive and can prove to be fatal to a business’s image and brand. They can and do weaken the Union’s position at the bargaining table; undermine our efforts to promote and maintain solidarity within our co-workers; and add needless calls and questions that limit the effectiveness of our committee people to focus on real issues. Over the years, we have all heard rumors about layoffs; the loss of our product; that GM was closing Arlington; and on and on. The rumors have been spread by word-of-mouth and by sending notes down the line or leaving them on tables. Now, in the age of technology, these rumors are being spread outside of the plant which only makes matters worse. If you have a question about something you have heard or read, ask your Committeeperson; ask your Committeeperson-at-Large; ask your Chairperson; ask your President or any member of the Executive Board. These are the people who can provide you with the correct information; and, if they can’t, they will point you in the right direction to get your answer.
UNIT 1 (GM)
Greetings to all the Sisters and Brothers of UAW Local 276. I hope that you had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend of rest and enjoyment with family and friends as we celebrate those who gave their lives and their service so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have.
Unit 1 (GM) members, please, continue to fill out your Unit 1 (GM) Local Resolution Demands and turn them in to members of the Unit 1 (GM) Bargaining Committee or at the Hall, whichever is convenient for you. We are excited about the looming negotiations and encourage all of the membership to fill them out and get them turned in by 5:00 PM, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The deadline date was changed in order to process the increasing amount that we are having turned in to the union. Remember, the Demands belong to you, the member, not Management, or anyone else. There have been some great Demands that have been turned in. No Demand is too small or too great. All Demands will be considered. We will soon be setting up a special called meeting to where the Demands will be voted upon for acceptance by the membership to present to Management.
UNIT 1 (GM) STRIKE ASSISTANCE & VOTE:
Brother Ray Lopez and his Worker-to-Worker
group have been busy handing out strike
assistance pamphlets to Unit 1 (GM) members
in order to give the Unit 1 (GM) membership
information on what to do during a GM strike,
should one be called. Another following
handout will soon be given out as well.
On September 14, 2015, at midnight, both the
General Motors National Agreement and the Unit
1 (GM) Local Agreements will expire; therefore,
UAW Local 276 will also be implementing a
pre-authorization strike vote for GENERAL MOTORS EMPLOYEES ONLY.
The UAW Constitution is the prevailing guideline that governs all activities and involvement of the local union chapters. The Constitution lays out rules and standards that must be met by all local unions falling under the jurisdiction of the UAW. Even the logo and emblem seal of the UAW is protected as well as being registered and copyrighted by the International Secretary–Treasurer (International UAW Constitution, Article 13, section 16). The un-authorized use or imitation of the UAW seal is strictly prohibited – only the International UAW Secretary-Treasurer is authorized to give written permission to use or reproduce its logos, emblem seals, or other marks.
NOTE TO REMEMBER:
A noted scientist once quoted, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”. We must think outside the box as we progress through Local negotiations.
UNIT 1 (GM)
TEMPORARIES TO PERMANENT:
I would like to personally congratulate all
of our 198 temporary employees who have been
offered permanent fulltime employment with
GM Arlington. We recognize the fact that
you are an integral part of our success.
Please be mindful that you do have to
complete your 90-day probationary period;
so, make sure you come to work on time
and keep doing the great job that got you
hired. The effective date of hire will be
May 4, 2015, if there are no breaks in the
90-day probationary period, which will
change any effected employee’s seniority
date. In short, make sure that
you come to work every day so this will
UAW/GM TEAM BUILDING:
On Wednesday April 22, 2015, both the UAW and GM local leadership attended a Team Building event facilitated by a Joint Leadership Group sent from the Center for Human Resources (CHR) in Detroit. This event was a byproduct of recent talks between the Plant Manager and me to engage each other in open constructive conversations designed to address the issues that concern us as a whole. Although we have many obstacles to overcome on both sides of the fence, one thing is abundantly clear: If we do not work as a Team, we will not survive. As noted in history, Rome was not built in a day; and, it will take time to get where we need to be. As a result of our Team Building, I have a renewed faith in our new Plant Manager and truly believe we can transition from being a good organization into being a great organization with honest and open dialog.
Effective 2015 we are allowed two (2) diversity events per quarter. The next scheduled diversity events are Cinco de Mayo on May 5, 2015, and Juneteenth on June 19, 2015.
DIVISION 1 SURVEY – BREAKS & LUNCHES:
The winning Options for the Division 1 Surveys for the last work day of the week are:
These start times and break times are for the last working day of the week and will begin on Friday, May 1, 2015.
HEALTH & SAFETY SURVEY:
Pick up the Health and Safety Survey at the plant and return it to your Committeeperson.
UNIT 1 (GM)
The week of March 23 – 25, 2015, the UAW
276 members who were elected Delegates
to the Constitutional Convention attended
the 2015 Bargaining Convention in Detroit.
Local 276 President Johnny M. Pruitte was
invited to attend as a Special Delegate.
The purpose of the Bargaining Convention
was to go over and vote on particular
items that will be pertinent in the upcoming
National negotiations. The International
UAW included a two-day GM Sub-Council
Meeting for all GM Local Presidents and
Shop Chairpersons. During that meeting,
those in attendance were told about the
National Resolutions that had been submitted;
what categories they would fall into; and
which National Negotiators would be working
on the different divisions of the Resolutions.
Additionally, as we went over the Resolutions,
we voted on whether or not to submit them for
negotiations. The International asked those
in attendance to keep the decisions and
strategies that were made in confidence
because the International does not want
to show its hand before negotiations begin.
It is hoped that the membership will
understand that position and respect it.
Suffice it to say that the Resolutions
from Local 276 were accepted.
On behalf of the Bargaining Committee, a big thanks goes out to those members who have already taken the time to complete Local Resolution forms. However, we need everyone to submit Resolutions. We know there are things on your job; in your team; about requesting vacation; about start times; about overtime; about transfers and posting of jobs – just to name a few – that you would like changed, deleted, or added. We can’t know what you want without your input; and, that comes from the Resolutions you turn in. That said, we have been asked by the International to move up our deadline for the submission of Resolutions.THEREFORE, THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT LOCAL RESOLUTIONS HAS BEEN MOVED UP TO JUNE 24, 2015. If you have not picked up a form, do it today. If you have one or more completed, please turn it in to your Committeeperson, your Committeeperson-at-Large, the President, myself, or take them to the Union Hall. Just remember: THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT LOCAL RESOLUTIONS HAS BEEN MOVED UP TO JUNE 24, 2015. We are asking that you not wait until the last day. The Resolutions have to be voted on by the membership and it takes time to get them prepared for that vote. So, please don’t wait until the last minute: THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT LOCAL RESOLUTIONS HAS BEEN MOVED UP TO JUNE 24, 2015.
During the last few weeks both the top GM Leadership and members of the UAW International Staff have honored us with guest visits to the Arlington Assembly Facility. Our VIP guest list included GM Executive Vice-President of Global Manufacturing James DeLuca, GM Vice-President of North American Manufacturing Cathy Clegg, GM Manufacturing Manager Dan Hermer, UAW International Servicing Representative Dana Rouse and UAW International Skilled Trades Representative Bill King. During our segment of the meeting one thing was abundantly clear – they all appreciated the hard work that we are doing every day and especially our successful effort to recover from the bad weather days that crippled our plant’s production earlier this year. They also applauded our record-setting 30,600 unit production to end the fourth quarter of 2014 in great shape. I was given an opportunity to openly address the issues that continue to be a problem for our membership. They were very receptive and freely engaged the leadership group in open constructive conversation. The question was raised about future investments for the Arlington Assembly Facility and we were told that they were not at liberty to discuss that issue at that time. Additionally, next week the GM Board of Directors will tour our plant which is a great honor and another first for the Arlington Assembly Facility.
Oddly enough, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015,
President Johnny Pruitte and I were approached
at the Union Hall by Channel 8 News asking
for an interview about the potential new
expansion of our plant. Apparently, General
Motors is contemplating a 1.2 million square
foot expansion contiguous to the existing
assembly plant that will accommodate modernized,
more efficient processes with the added value
of real property physical expansion estimated
at $307 million, as well as the added value
of new equipment estimated at $986 million.
As a result of the expansion and upgrades,
589 new permanent jobs will be added. It is
certainly unfortunate that the employees of
the Arlington Assembly Facility who are
directly responsible for the success of our
product are in fact the last ones to know
about this planned expansion. Hopefully in
the future, they will have enough respect
for us to communicate paramount events like
this to our membership first!
The following production schedule change will start the week of April 20, 2015:
The currently scheduled Saturdays for April, May and June are: April 11, April 25, May 9, May 16, May 30, June 6, June 20, and June 27. The corporation has approved these dates but they are subject to change.
As a result of a recent visit from the Joint UAW-GM Skilled Trades Committee, the Key Four have submitted a letter requesting approval for testing of apprentice candidates at the GMVM-Arlington facility. The local parties have also agreed to utilize two Millwrights, currently working in Division 1, on a temporary basis in an effort to reduce the forcing of Millwrights on the weekends. The national parties are also trying to fill 12 Skilled Trades positions at Arlington through a Special Memorandum of Understanding. Five of these employees have already transferred to Arlington on March 2, 2015.
UNIT 1 (GM)
The UAW Local 276 Civil Rights Committee is pleased to announce that scholarships for post-secondary school education will again be offered to those who qualify under the guidelines of the program. The President wishes to commend those of the Committee who worked so hard and diligently to make this available to deserving students of our membership family. Please see Essie Scruggs, Chairperson, or go to the UAW hall for more details concerning this scholarship opportunity.
Please don’t forget to continue to fill out your Local demand forms for the upcoming negotiations of the LOCAL 2015 contract. These demands are crucial in letting your Bargaining Committee know just what it is that you are desiring in order to make your work surroundings better in the workplace. So keep those thinking hats on and get your demand sheets filled out and turned in.
2015 BLACK LAKE SUMMER SCHOLARSHIP SESSIONS:
We are pleased to announce the schedule for the 2015 Walter and May Reuther UAW Summer Scholarship Program at Black Lake. The dates for this year’s three family sessions are JULY 5-10, JULY 12-17 (available in Spanish) and JULY 19-24. Applicants must be a member in good standing with at least one year’s seniority. Completed applications must be filled out and brought to the Union Hall for us to mail to the Regional Director. To be considered the applications must be sent in no later than May 29, 2015. Guidelines of the Scholarship Program may be obtained at the union hall along with the application. Immediate family members may attend.
The next UAW Local 276 union meetings of Unit 1, Unit 2, and the General Business meeting will be held Sunday April 12, 2015, at the union hall. Please see the postings and attend your respective union meetings.
Strike assistance handbooks will be ordered for the membership in order that the membership can be better informed. They will soon be available at the hall or from the President. The Worker-to-Worker group will be circulating them throughout the plant. These booklets will answer questions concerning a strike, should one be called, either nationally or locally. These booklets are used to educate the membership on questions that you may have concerning a strike. The President encourages all of the membership to save your money, and to resist the temptation to go further in debt or accrue new bills of any kind until after the fall contracts are ratified and settled. This information is not given as any indication of an impending strike, but is only meant to prepare the membership, should a strike be called.
Remember………… Doing what’s popular is not always what’s right……..and doing what’s right is not always what’s popular.
UNIT 1 (GM)
The Leadership Conference was a great success with the primary focus being the 2015 negotiations for both the National Agreement and the Local Agreement. The training segments targeted preparing our membership for the upcoming negotiations, unification of the rank and file, strike preparation, and effective leadership roles for sustaining our future. UAW Vice President of the GM Department Cindy Estrada and UAW President Dennis Williams work hand-in-hand to strengthen our bargaining position using the Union’s political influence through the implementation of workplace strategies so the Union can bargain confidently and effectively. The fundamental source of the Local Union’s strength is its rank-and-file membership. The willingness of members to support the Local’s bargaining goals will affect the union’s ability to achieve those bargaining goals to the extent that a negotiating team can count on the membership to implement those workplace strategies. All of our keynote speakers expressed the importance of sending a unified message of Solidarity to all our members at the grass roots level. This starts by initiating a one-on-one communication process called the Worker-to-Worker Program. The WTW Coordinator facilitates the entire communication process and reports to President and Executive Board as well as making progress reports to the membership. WTW organizers recruit communicators, provide training, track their progress, and assist the Coordinator. WTW Communicators make one-on-one contacts with the members. Members then share the information and leaflets with their co-workers, friends, and family. Remember only through a collaborative effort that shares our message on a member-to-member basis, supported by our collective voice, will we save our jobs and secure our future.
The Delegates as set out by the Sub-Council Bylaws as well as your Shop Committee members were present at the Sub-Council called by UAW Vice President and Director of the GM Department Cindy Estrada. The International UAW representatives are urging the rank and file to unite together as we move into this contract year. We must stand united and be of one common goal knowing that we stand for the good of all UAW members, not just a select few. The National Resolutions were read, discussed, and approved by the respective Sub-Councils. As your Chairperson and Secretary-Treasurer of Sub-Council 2, I am proud to say that some of our Local 276 Resolutions were accepted and will be presented. Every Resolution that has been submitted for the 2015 National Agreement by the membership is now in the hands of UAW Vice President and Director of the GM Department President Cindy Estrada along with her staff and the rest of the GM Bargaining Team. The GM Bargaining Team is now in the process of evaluating which Resolutions will be recommended at the 2015 National Bargaining Convention held this spring. At the Convention, GM Delegates will vote on broad based bargaining initiatives that will apply to the UAW as a whole while establishing clear direction to determine upcoming GM bargaining priorities. Delegates who were previously elected to attend the Constitutional Convention last year will also attend this convention. After the convention, UAW Negotiating Teams will formulate a bargaining strategy, keeping in mind the Resolutions that were submitted by local unions in December. All “Big 3” (GM, Ford, Chrysler) contracts will expire in September; and, traditionally, sometime in July the bargaining talks will formally begin. Before the Agreements expire, all Local Unions will be asked to take a strike vote, which gives the negotiating team authorization to call for a strike if a contract cannot be reached. While not anticipating a strike, the Local Union leadership and standing committees will prepare for one by assigning strike duty, educational classes, and facilitating strike payment.
Prior to the 2015 UAW/GM contract negotiations,
UAW Local 276 must complete the following
procedure to insure that we position ourselves
in solidarity to achieve an effective contract
protecting the best interest of the membership.
The democratic procedure for calling a strike
is in Article 50 of the UAW Constitution. The
local union or the International Executive
Board may issue a call for a strike vote. All
members in the GM bargaining unit must be given
due notice of where and when the strike vote
will take place. Only GM members in good standing
are eligible to vote on a GM strike.
ON THE FLOOR:
At the floor level, we need to support each other within our teams by following the process to address our concerns and document your specific issues on the Level 5 Board, so your Committeeperson can effectively fight for corrective action on your behalf. In the same regard, please document all safety related issues, which institutes a corrective action time line to fix the problem. Productivity continues to be an ongoing concern that affects everyone and we, as members, need to be extremely mindful of each and every element of our job. If there is a problem, please identify and address the issue as a team because you never know when that job could be yours. Own the jobs in your team and scrutinize all job related documentation before you sign off. Shift-to-shift communication is key to our success and any changes to your job should be agreed upon by all three shifts according to GMS. We will only be successful if we maintain a unified front together. United we stand divided we fall!
GM LOCAL RESOLUTIONS:
I would like to encourage our GM membership to continue turning in GM Local Agreement Resolutions for GM local negotiations this fall. We have had an excellent response so far from our members and our office staff is in the process of getting them ready for review and to be sorted out by the GM Shop Committee. Keep those demands coming. This is your time to make a difference in the jobs around you as well as your job environment.
As a reminder about GM Blackout Days and Qualifying Days per GM Document 8 of the GM National Agreement, the use of VR hours (unless approved in advance) is not permitted on a holiday qualifying day or the last scheduled workday in the week preceding a Monday holiday or the next scheduled workday in the week following a Friday holiday.
SATURDAY WORK SCHEDULE:
As of the date of this report, we are scheduled to work the following Saturday schedules:
Remember: You are the Union at the Arlington GM Assembly Plant. You determine the working conditions; your pay; your benefits; and your safety conditions. The members You elected are here to represent You both on your job and with Management. Each of You standing together and uniting as one union have the power.
FROM THE PRESIDENT
For information on the work schedule for Friday, 2/27/15, at the GM Arlington Assembly Plant, please call 1-877-571-3453
UNIT 1 (GM)
UNIT 1 (GM) PROFIT SHARING:
Congratulations to all our members for your hard work. It has paid off in a handsome Profit Sharing payment of $7,000 for each eligible employee and a $2,000 payout as a Special Performance Bonus for eligible employee. Your UAW International Representatives negotiated this benefit for you at the national level and they ask that you join them in uniting in solidarity during this contract year to stand firmly together. This should be proof enough to all of our working employees that belonging to the union is well worth your involvement and membership!
Keep those Demands coming! I am excited about the amount of LOCAL Demands that have been streaming in as each Committeeperson turns them in to the office. The Demands are your voice “from the people” who are working on the floor to try and improve the working conditions around them. As stated earlier, this is your resolution demand, not management’s. They will have their own, I’m sure.
A SPECIAL TRIBUTE:
One of the Founding Fathers and first President of UAW Local 276 has passed away. Garland Ferris Ham was the first and youngest President ever sworn in at UAW Local 276. He is remembered by his undying effort to organize the first workers at the GM Plant here in Arlington in 1954. At age 23, he began to organize the workers and in 1954, by a vote of 804-21, was successful in forming this UAW Local Union inside this plant. Later, at the age of 24, he was sworn in as Local 276 first President. We mourn his passing at age 84.
On the back of the back of the newsletter is a survey that is voluntary by the membership. Please fill it out as best you can so that the Shop Committee may get a feel of how and where to address certain aspects of our Local Agreement in the upcoming negotiations. You may either give them to YOUR Committee Representatives or turn them in at the union hall.
UNIT 1 (GM)
UNIT 1 (GM) SUB-COUNCIL MEETING:
Greetings from the President’s desk. The Unit 1 (GM) Shop Chairperson and I, along with the Unit 1 (GM) Shop Committee, just returned from the National UAW/GM Sub-Council meetings. I must say that I am encouraged by what I am hearing. Although these facts are not to be disclosed, I am proud of the fact that five (5) Division I Production and two (2) Division II Resolution Demands made their way onto the table for consideration at the National level. Thanks to the Unit 1 (GM) membership for all your concerted efforts in representing Local 276 well in writing your resolutions.
UNIT 1 (GM) LOCAL DEMANDS:
The Unit 1 (GM) Local Demands continue to pour into the hall, and I have recently delivered 1,000 more demand forms to the membership. Remember, you may write as many Resolution Demands as you like, but there should only be one (1) Demand per form. For example, if you have five (5) Unit 1 (GM) Local Demands, you should be handing in five (5) separate forms. If you need more Demand forms, please see your Union Representative to let them get you more. The office staff at the hall are preparing them as they come in, along with their other duties, so that we are not bogged down near negotiation time this fall. Therefore, as you fill them out, please hand them in promptly. Let’s get our thinking hats on and put in the Demands that we want to see become a part of our Unit 1 (GM) Local Agreement.
Again, I have been asked many questions
about the Overtime Plan contained in the
National Agreement pages 233-243. Although
these are questions that should be directed
toward the Unit 1 (GM) Shop Chairperson,
nonetheless, because of the request, I will
FIRST SHIFT ALTERNATE BENEFIT REPRESENTATIVE:
I will soon be posting a notice to take applications for the position of 1st Shift Unit 1 (GM) Alternate Benefit Representative. Please watch the Unit 1 (GM) union posting boards. This position is a shift specific job in accordance with the UAW/GM National Agreement and all Unit 1 (GM) 1st Shift employees will be given ample time to apply. Even if you applied in the past, you must re-apply for the position.
PROFIT SHARING ELECTION:
Unit 1 (GM) employees eligible to receive Profit Sharing may elect to change their current Profit Sharing contribution election on file either by going online to www.gmbenefits.com or by speaking to a GM Benefit Representative at the GM Benefits Services Center by calling 1-800-489-4646 any time between 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM, January 29, 2015, through February 12, 2015.Reminder: “Doing what’s right is not always what’s popular; but doing what’s popular is not always what’s right.”
UNIT 1 (GM)
UNIT 1 (GM) LOCAL RESOLUTIONS:
Hello again to all the membership of Local 276. The Unit 1 (GM) Local Resolution demand forms were initially circulated last week by members of the Unit 1 (GM) Bargaining Committee. Two thousand (2,000) forms were either handed out or picked up by our Unit 1 (GM) members, which leads me to believe that a lot of people have many issues that they want to submit to be placed on the bargaining table with GM later this year. One thousand (1,000) more forms are being printed and will be placed with the Union Representatives. The forms will also be available at the Union Hall for pick-up. We will continue to circulate these forms to our Unit 1 (GM) members up until the deadline (July 24, 2015) to turn them in. Remember, the Unit 1 (GM) Local Resolution demand belongs to you, the member, not to GM management. It is your decision on what to ask for to be bargained for you.
The Unit 1 (GM) Shop Chairperson has informed me
that he is still currently engaged in talks with
management about the Unit 1 (GM) Overtime Plan as
laid out in the UAW/GM National Agreement, pages
233-243. These discussions have been lengthy and
long. Many Unit 1 (GM) members have asked me what
the GM Overtime Plan is about. For those of our
Unit 1 (GM) members who do not know about the plan,
it is critical to note that the Memorandum of
Understanding on Overtime was approved by the
UAW/GM membership when ratified in the fall of 2011.
The GM Overtime Plan characteristics include the
provisions to accept or decline overtime as laid
out in paragraph 3, page 233 which states, “In
order to accommodate the scheduling of overtime
in a manner compatible with changing production
requirements, while preserving the right of
employees to decline overtime, Local Plant
Management will make an election once each model
year to schedule overtime operations in accordance
with Plan A or Plan B below.” Plan A and Plan B
are then explained in the following pages.
Soon, we will be having a V-CAP gate drive to
give our members the opportunity to join our
efforts to do our part for Region 5 to raise
awareness and donations to support future and
current labor friendly candidates. The 2016
elections will be here before you know it.
A kickoff date will be forthcoming and
information about the V-CAP program will be
handed out. As a working member, please
consider giving a minimum of $5 dollars per
month. A lot of our members give $25 dollars
per month and have already received their
gold Region 5 V-CAP watch. When a member who
is donating $25 per month has donated a total
of $300, that member is then eligible to
receive either a man or woman’s watch.
Because those donations do not come to the
local, we have no way to know when you have
reached your $300 donation. Therefore, you
are asked to contact the Financial Secretary
to make arrangements for your watch to be
UNIT 1 (GM)
UNIT 1 (GM) NATIONAL RESOLUTIONS:
Greetings for the New Year to all my Sisters and Brothers of Local 276. As we move forward, we intend to make this year even better than last year. It is a contract year for Unit 1 (GM) here at Local 276, both on the National level and on the Local level. We wish to thank all of our Unit 1 (GM) membership who took the time to fill out the necessary forms for the Resolutions that were sent to the GM Department at the International UAW on December 19, 2014. We are already receiving good reports that some of the Resolutions from our membership “will” be on the table. So, congratulations to those who took the time to fill them out.
UNIT 1 (GM) LOCAL RESOLUTIONS:
That brings me to the next task at hand, the Unit 1 (GM) LOCAL Resolutions which will be used for negotiations at GM Arlington. At this writing, the Local 276 office staff are fast at work getting the Local Resolution forms typed and printed. As President, I wish to ask all of our Unit 1 (GM) members to take the time to fill out your Resolution demands to turn in to your Committeeperson or take to the Committee Room at the plant. The completed Resolutions may also be turned in at the Hall during normal working hours. The Resolution demands will be accepted from Tuesday, January 13, 2015, until 5:00 PM, Friday, July 24, 2015.
UNIT 1 (GM) DEMAND RESOLUTIONS:
So, “What are Unit 1 (GM) Demand Resolutions?” GM Demand Resolutions are structured forms that are filled out by the local Unit 1 (GM) membership, with information that helps those on the Unit 1 (GM) Bargaining Committee to understand the needs and desires of the Unit 1 (GM) membership to better their GM work environment around them. The Unit 1 (GM) Demand Resolution form is a tool that is used to communicate between the members working on the GM line and their Unit 1 (GM) local union representatives. The Unit 1 (GM) Demand Resolution form will contain a place to note the page and paragraph references and/or sections that need to be improved or that could be a new demand entirely. Also, there is no limit as to how many Resolutions each Unit 1 (GM) member can turn in. Further, it does not matter what GM classification you are working under. A GM UAW MEMBER IS A GM UAW MEMBER. So, get those2011 UAW Local 276/GM LOCAL AGREEMENT books out (little blue book), and begin to brainstorm. Your Unit 1 (GM) District Committeeperson can help you directly or get you a local contract book if needed or just borrow one from your fellow worker. Remember, there is no limit to the amount of Resolution Demands that you may turn in.
UNIT 1 (GM) NEGOTIATION RESOLUTION FORMS:
The Resolution form is to be filled out completely by the individual Unit 1 (GM) member. Please list the Article, section, paragraph and page number of the particular area of the2011 UAW Local 276/GM LOCAL AGREEMENT you would like to add or modify. Demand Resolutions belong to you not Management and Management should not influence you in any way in making your demand. This is your time to give constructive input as to the demands you wish to see bargained for at the table. Please, fill out the Resolution form as best you can and write in the provided space as much as you can to help the Bargaining Committee understand your demand. Your Resolutions are due before 5:00 PM, Friday, July 24, 2015. Please do not wait until the last minute to turn them in.
THANKS! WE ARE OFF TO A GOOD YEAR! Remember this motto: “A good day’s work for a good day’s pay in a workman like manner.” Go UAW!
UNIT 2 (ARAMARK) CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
UNIT 2 (ARAMARK) CONTRACTS:
I am pleased to announce that the Unit 2
(Aramark) Contract books have been delivered
to the Area Office. I will be picking them
up on Monday, January 12, 2015, and handing
them out on Monday to the Unit 2 (Aramark)
UNIT 1 (GM) CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
Welcome back to one and all! Holidays are a well deserved break from our hectic schedule and a time to give thanks for all our blessings because after all we are truly blessed. Unlike most plants that are experiencing additional downtime, we at the Arlington Assembly Plant are fortunate enough to have a great product that is selling faster than we can build them. Though our holiday time was short, it was an excellent opportunity to spend quality time with our families while capturing the memories that will be treasured for a life time.
THANKS AND CONGRATULATIONS:
On behalf of your Bargaining Committee, thank you for the truly great job that continues to be done by each and every Local 276 Brother and Sister each and every day. Additionally, we would like to take a moment to welcome all the new Brothers and Sisters who have decided to make the UAW/GM Arlington Assembly Plant their new home. We would also like to congratulate all of our temporary employees who have been recently converted to permanent fulltime. We also recognize the great job that has been and continues to be done by the remaining temporary employees who were not hired or subject to layoff. We will continue our fight to get every temporary employee hired; recognizing the fact that you are and continue be an integral part of our success. Although it is easy to get discouraged, please keep your heads up; knowing that the rest of your Union Brothers and Sisters are behind you 100%. Many of us have suffered through but survived corporate downsizing; subsidiary sell offs; several major layoffs; and plant closings which unfortunately meant leaving our friends, families and homes behind to keep our jobs. A seven (7) year layoff gives me the ability to relate to our members and the unknowns that may come. With the new contract coming, we have high hopes of getting more Temporary Brother and Sisters hired in the future.
It is common knowledge that it is easier to complain rather than make a commitment to make a difference. Experience has taught that your elected Union Representatives will only be as successful as the people who support them on the floor. With Contract time just around the corner, we need to work together as a Team to negotiate a Local Agreement that we can all live with.
Although change is never fast enough, we can
be proud of the successes that we have
accomplished during the past year. For
starters, the Shop Committee is meeting on
a regular basis now for the first time in
six (6) years. The majority of our Committee
people successfully completed the UAW Region
5 Summer School Bargaining classes at the
University of Oklahoma with the remainder
slated to attend in upcoming years. Those
classes included not only Grievance Handling
but also Collective Bargaining which allowed
our Leadership the opportunity to network
with other Locals across Region 5. A special
visit to those classes was made by the
International UAW Vice President and Director
of the GM Department Cindy Estrada; Region 5
Director Gary Jones; Region 5 Assistant Director
Danny Trull, Sr., and UAW Area Servicing
Representative James E. Brown, all of whom
offered insight and their expertise on the
program as well as sharing the leadership’s
vision for our future. In addition, all of
our Bargaining Committee have or will continue
to receive job related training at the
International UAW/GM Center for Human Resources
in Detroit, Michigan. The courses have included
Conflict Resolution, Leadership Training,
Facilitator Training, and Umpire Training to
name just a few. In the past few months, we
jointly took advantage of a Training Grant which
allowed our Bargaining Committee and our Document
46 Appointees to receive Level 1 and Level 2
computer training to better serve our Membership.
January 20 - 23, 2015, the President and I as well as the Skilled Trades Representative and the Shop Committee will attend the appropriate Sub-Council Meetings to attain information and prepare for the upcoming UAW/GM National Negotiations. With both the National and Local Agreements expiring in September and not knowing what will come at that time, we are asking everyone to start putting money aside on the off chance a strike is called. Waiting until the last minute to save money will not get your bills paid.
I am also pleased to announce that the aforementioned
International Vice Presidents, Directors, and Representatives
are sending the International UAW Umpire Staff to Local 276
to conduct Umpire Training Classes February 3 - 4 2015.
We are very grateful to have International Representatives
Doug Taylor and Pat Sweeny as our instructors. We sincerely
appreciate that the International Union recognizes our need
to provide the best possible training for our Bargaining
Committee to enable them to best represent our membership.
NOTICE - ADULT CHRISTMAS PARTY
Don't forget that the deadline to purchase tickets for the UAW Local 276 Adult Christmas Party is 5:00 PM Thursday, December 11, 2014. If you are on 2nd Shift and have a ticket, you must show it to your Group Leader immediately to be excused Saturday, December 13, 2014.
UNIT 2 (ARAMARK)
UNIT 2 (ARAMARK) CONTRACT BOOKS:
Greetings from the UAW President’s office! As of this writing, I have been told by our Servicing Representative that the new contract books for Aramark will be mailed to the Union Hall; and, then, each Steward will begin distributing them to the workforce on each shift. According to Federal law, each member is entitled to a copy or access to their Collective Bargaining Agreement. It has been my continual task, since taking office, to secure these contract books for the membership. I appreciate your patience; and, we will be getting them soon.
WHAT IS V-CAP?:
V-CAP (Voluntary Community Action Program) is the UAW’s political action fund made u of voluntary contributions from UAW members, Retirees, and families. The money is used to support pro-worker political candidates who have earned the endorsement of the UAW Community Acton Program. Your Stewards and elected Local 276 officers will soon begin gate drives to get people to sign up for a voluntary contribution of at least $5 per month – a small price to pay to support our union jobs! As your President, I encourage each of you to be a part in making Local 276 have a 100% participation in giving.
There will be a Regular General Business Meeting Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 2:00 PM; and, the Unit 2 (Aramark) Meeting will follow right after the Regular General Business Meeting. Please, be in attendance for your meetings and voice your concerns. We currently have openings for a Unit 2 (Aramark) 2nd Shift Alternate Steward as well as a Unit 2 (Aramark) 3rd Shift Steward and a Unit 2 (Aramark) 3rd Shift Alternate Steward. The Constitution of the UAW requires that Union Stewards be elected, not appointed, except for a short period of time not to exceed thirty (30) days. Article 45, Section (2) (1) of the International UAW Constitution and Article 20, Section (3) and (3) (A.) of the Local 276 Bylaws. The Election Committee shall set the dates and times for nominations and elections to be held after the first of the year. If you have considered Union Steward work in the past, now is the time to step up and serve and make a difference in your Union. There is also a need for a Temporary Recording Secretary for the Unit 2 Aramark Meetings. Please, contact my office at the Union Hall (972-647-1282) if you are interested.
UNION STANDING COMMITTEES:
Did you know that Standing Committees, as outlined in the International UAW Constitution, are needing your help? The current Standing Committees are as follows: Bylaws; Constitution and Legislative; Civil and Human Rights; Community Services; Consumer Affairs; Education; Recreation; Union Label; Veterans; and Women’s Committee. Additional Committees include Chaplains and Worker-to-Worker. You may be a part of one or several of these committees. Please, consider them and help make the Local Union grow.
UAW LOCAL 276 ADULT CHRISTMAS PARTY:
The UAW Local 276 Adult Christmas Party will be held at Rangers’ Stadium on Saturday, December 13, 2014, from 7:00 PM until 12:00 AM (midnight). Tickets are $45 per person. You can purchase your tickets at the Union Hall between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. We want to see you there.
UNIT 1 (GM) CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
UAW/GM SUB-COUNCIL MEETINGS:
During the week of October 19, 2014, the President, Unit 1 (GM) Skilled Trades Representative, and I as well as the Unit 1 (GM) Shop Committee attended the first of many UAW/GM Sub-Council Meetings prior to the 2015 UAW/GM National Agreement negotiations that was called by International UAW Vice President and Director of the GM Department Cindy Estrada. All UAW/GM Local Unions from across the country were in attendance to discuss the state of the business and to hold Sub-Council Executive Board Elections. I had the distinct pleasure of being elected Recording Secretary/Treasurer of Sub-Council 2 (the Production side of the Sub-Council). During Sister Estrada’s speech, she challenged every UAW Local to collectively share information with each other and communicate the issues directly to the membership.
UNIT 1 (GM) JOB ASSESSMENTS:
With the productivity cuts looming upon us, it is imperative that we work together within our teams to verify that each job assessment includes each and every single element and the time required to complete your operation. We need to identify all overloaded jobs within our teams and deal with them as a team utilizing the Level 4 Board process under the “People Concerns” sheet; ultimately, creating documentation to support the Union’s case. Please, use the six (6) minutes that we are given at the beginning of the shift to communicate your concerns and problems with your Brothers and Sisters across all three (3) shifts. Also, take into consideration that we are not machines. We all operate at different job proficiency levels; and, the jobs are in fact supposed to be set up based on an average worker’s ability to do the same job. Management meets on a daily basis on how to cut our jobs and people. As of November 3, 2014, Management’s productivity cuts have exceeded 5% and are now at 8.31%. Consequently, our failure to police our own jobs will ultimately result in more work and a reduction in our head count, which is clearly unacceptable. We need to stand firm together and truly be our Brother’s and Sister’s keeper.
UAW LOCAL 276/GM LOCAL AGREEMENT:
Local Demand 44 (UAW Local 276/GM Arlington Local Agreement, page 181): “Management will notify operators before changes will be made to their Best People Practice (BPP). In this regard, Supervisors will review the change with the operator to ensure there is sufficient time within the operator’s time study to perform the required tasks. 2003 LD-44 Settled”
Local demand 269 (UAW Local 276/GM
Arlington Local Agreement, page 181): “Management
will review any changes to operations with the operators
prior to them being made for clarification. In this
regard, Management will solicit input from operators
and consider their suggestions on OCP changes that
affect their operation prior to making a final decision
on the changes. 2003 LD-269 Settled”
Local Demand 108 Settlement (UAW Local 276/GM
Arlington Local Agreement, page 169): “The leadership
at GMVM-Arlington has worked diligently to create an atmosphere
of open communication based on the foundation of ‘no surprises.’
This means that we must always attempt to view issues, situations
and initiatives from the perspective of the other party…”
SOS Process (GM Arlington Assembly Management’s
language): “Changes to SOS Sequence will be reduced to
writing requiring that the Team leader on all 3 shifts sign
that they agree to sequence to make a change and verify walk
times. JES Changes: Document Owner/Team leader is responsible
for content support personnel Group Leader, Core Team, Quality,
and IE can assist. Changes require signatures from Team leaders
on all 3 shifts to show approval of changes.”
Local demand 228 (UAW Local 276/GM
Arlington Local Agreement, page 180): “Standard Time
Data is the acceptable method to be utilized in evaluating
work station cycle times. Standard Time Data is based on
actual time studies of various work elements conducted
throughout General Motors. In addition, the parties
recognize that in unusual circumstances, the use of a stop
watch may be appropriate when evaluating or problem solving
a specific work station…” 2007 LD-228 Settlement
UNIT 1 (GM) NATIONAL RESOLUTIONS:
Per the International UAW call letter for General Motors’ resolutions dated October 9, 2014, Unit 1 (GM) of Local 276 has begun to distribute the form for the 2015 National Resolution Demands. The form is self-explanatory and must be filled out completely and turned in to the Union Hall by the deadline of 4:00 PM, Friday, November 21, 2014. Please see your Committeeperson or stop by the Committee Work Center to receive your Resolution form(s). Each member of Unit 1 (GM) is eligible to fill out as many resolutions as they want; but, each Resolution or Demand “MUST” be on a separate form to be submitted for consideration. Please, do not make a copy of a Resolution and then pass around copies of that Resolution for different people to turn in, also. We can only submit one (1). The resolutions will then be typed for submission at the Unit 1 (GM) Membership Meeting December 14, 2014, for approval by the Unit 1 (GM) membership. The Resolutions that are approved at that meeting will be mailed to the International UAW by December 19, 2014, for consideration at the National GM Bargaining Meetings. Should you need assistance or have questions, your Committeeperson will be able to assist you in the preparation of your Resolution for submission.
UNIT 1 (GM) STRIKE COMMITTEE:
The President will soon be forming a Unit 1 (GM) Strike Committee as an Ad Hoc Committee for Unit 1 (GM) of UAW Local 276 as allowed under the International Union, UAW, Constitution and the Bylaws of UAW Local 276. The Committee will consist of a Chairperson and a Co-Chairperson as well as others who will be signed up as Strike Captains. The President wishes to be crystal clear that the formation of this Unit 1 (GM) Committee does not indicate a strike nor the possibility of one. The Committee will only be in place as, preparation, should it be necessary. If you are interested and would like to serve in this capacity, please see the President for more details.
UNIT 1 (GM) BONUS:
While at the UAW/GM Sub-Council Meetings, the International Representatives informed us that GM will be paying eligible employees a $250 Performance Bonus on December 7, 2014. More information will be forthcoming as soon as we get it.
Now that our Standing Committees are in place, the 2nd Vice President will be directing the Education Committee on educating our membership more than ever before. I understand he intends to have forthcoming classes on such topics of interest to our membership as Understanding the National Agreement; the components of the Local Agreement; Parliamentary Procedure; International Constitution and Bylaws; Local Union Bylaws; History of the UAW; and others to name a few. All the Committees are beginning to take shape and are already being utilized to assist the membership. Please take the time to be a part of a Local Union Standing Committee because they are the life blood of our Local Union.
LOCAL 276 EVENTS:
Hopefully, members of both Unit 1 (GM) and Unit 2 (Aramark) have been enjoying the events that have been put on by our various committees. These events give our members and their families a chance to get together outside of work to have a lot of fun and good food as well as participating in the charity events to raise money for good causes. If you haven’t had the opportunity to participate in any of our events, you really should mark your calendar. Last Friday, after returning from a training conference and before I left Sunday for the Sub-Council Meeting, I stopped by the Union Hall to pick up my travel documents and was truly surprised. The Union Hall and the outside Classroom were totally transformed for Halloween. The amount of hard work that our Women’s Committee had put in to make all things “Halloween” was everywhere. Wow! Congratulations and a fond pat on the back to all our members who contributed their time and effort for the joy of our children and grandchildren.
Monday, October 20, 2014, was the first day of early voting and it will continue through Friday, October 31, 2014. Please, go and vote – either by taking advantage of early voting or voting on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. It is important to exercise your right to vote; and, let’s try to put some labor friendly candidates in office. All appointed representatives will be required to work at some polling place on Election Day (11/4/14).
UNIT 1 (GM) SHOP CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING ON OVERTIME:
“In order to accommodate the scheduling of overtime in a manner compatible with changing production requirements, while preserving the right of employees to decline overtime, Local Plant Management will make an election once each model year to schedule overtime operations in accordance with Plan A or Plan B below.
Those Unit 1 (GM) Brothers and Sisters who would like to read more about the Overtime Plan are asked to please refer to page 234 of the 2011 UAW/GM National Agreement.
The necessity of an Overtime Plan was a direct result of GM Management’s initial and continued policy of forcing its Skilled Trades employees to work seven (7) days a week eleven (11) hours per day without a day off; therefore, forcing 2nd Shift employees to work eleven (11) hours every Friday and Saturday night. This, additionally, has forced Material Drivers to work eleven (11) hours and or until they finished their route. This has also forced Body Shop as well as Paint Shop employees to work eleven (11) hours; and, now any other employee at will.
On September 2, 2014, the Unit 1 (GM) Shop Committee did formally submit a request to local GM Management for an Overtime Plan in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding as outlined in the 2011 UAW/GM National Agreement. Local GM Management, in a subsequent Unit 1 (GM) Shop Committee Meeting, presented a variety of start time scenarios which were outlined not in print but on a dry erase board. These scenarios, which were not all family friendly, were designed to circumvent our effort to secure an Overtime Plan in my opinion. The Overtime Plan will protect the rights of the GM employee to accept or decline overtime.
On October 13, 2014, the Unit 1 (GM) Shop Committee received an “internal only document with a response” from Personnel Director Bill Krohn during our weekly Unit 1 (GM) Shop Committee Meeting. This document with a response, in my opinion, was vague at best; considering, if you will, that it did not include all start time specifics and alluded to additional open ended changes that may be required to support the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on Overtime without referencing any additional facts to warrant a change to begin with.
Accordingly, we, as your Unit 1 (GM) Shop Committee are in fact bound and entitled to a response and discussion on decisions in subsequent Shop Committee Meetings, which by design adversely affect the lives of our members. Unfortunately, the Unit 1 (GM) Shop Committee was never given an opportunity to internally address these issues because an individual or group of individuals took it upon themselves to distribute and release this confidential internal document and proposal on the floor in an effort to seriously undermine the Union’s position.
Given the volume of the copies freely flowing on the floor; bearing no Union signature on the document in question, it certainly appears that local GM Management condones this type of behavior that has needlessly created a hail storm of emotion on the floor. I also cite that a witness has stated that an upper level GM Manager’s spouse was actively circulating these documents on the floor. These conditions in my opinion bear resemblance to retaliatory conduct and or good old scare tactics.
Furthermore, it was not or ever will be the intent of the Unit 1 (GM) Shop Committee to take any action that will adversely affect our members in any way as long as I am the Unit 1 (GM) Chairperson of UAW Local 276. The sole purpose for requesting an Overtime Plan to begin with is to give our members the ability to actually plan their Saturdays and their lives. An Overtime Plan does not limit the amount of overtime that an employee can work. The only difference is that local GM Management now has the right to dictate any and all hours worked up to eleven (11) hours; and, we as members do not have the right to turn it down. Likewise, it is also my contention that under the Overtime Plan, which actually gives the employee the right to accept or decline overtime, Management would be more inclined to treat our members with more respect considering that an employee can actually turn the overtime down if the employee is not treated properly.
Under paragraph (8) of the 2011 UAW/GM National Agreement, GM Management reserves the right to schedule start times. For the record, we asked for an Overtime Plan not a shift change. It is plain to see that GM Management (not the Union) is ready to flip our schedules upside down to maintain complete and total control of our members using the Overtime Plan as a scapegoat. Additionally, for all intents and purposes, we are already operating on a Plan A schedule now, except for the aforementioned conditions previously stated within this report. In accordance with the 2011 UAW/GM National Agreement, local Plant Management will make an election once each model year to schedule overtime operations in accordance with Plan A or Plan B - period.
UNIT 1 (GM) NEWSLINE
OVERTIME PLAN ALERT!
Last week an internal letter meant to be shared only between Local GM Management and the Unit 1 (GM) Shop Chairperson somehow made its way onto the shop floor; and, was also seen on several locations and sites on the internet. As a member of upper Union Management, I can say without hesitation that this is very unprofessional and violates the codes and ethics of doing business between the Union and management. Those who are responsible for the violation shall be found out and dealt with accordingly, whether Union or Management. Any person with information about the distribution of that letter should contact the President or Unit 1 (GM) Shop Chairperson.
First of all, the Unit 1 (GM) Shop Chairperson has assured me that the letter is not validated and that he has not even formally responded to it, yet. The membership, as a whole, should never assume that what is read is “written in stone”. There are several plans that have been discussed between the Union and Management concerning a proposed Memorandum of Understanding on Overtime as found in the National Agreement (big blue book) pages 233 – 243.
The Unit 1 (GM) Shop Chairperson has assured me that the plan was proposed to Management initially because it is part of the National Agreement; and he wanted to follow the Agreement to preserve the right of many employees to decline overtime, (specifically Friday nights), while allowing others to work as much overtime as they wish. Besides, the National Agreement does state in paragraph three (3) on page 233, that Local Plant Management will make an election once each model year to schedule overtime operations in accordance with Plan A or Plan B. There is no choice in the matter. Local Management must select a plan. It’s the contract. The overtime plan allows for a more evenly hourly balance among the employees, as described under paragraph (71) of the National Agreement.
Additionally, the letter was incomplete and did not state the lunch or break times nor did it provide provisions for the start and stop times affecting Skilled Trades. In addition, at no time did the Unit 1 (GM) Chairperson state to GM Management that a vote would be taken by the membership on such a plan. The Union does not understand where Management got that “understanding”.
Secondly, in dealing with Overtime Plans, consider that other GM facilities, with three (3) shift operations, are operating on overtime plans and they operate with a Sunday night start for the 3rd Shift and end with 2nd Shift on Friday night. The same captive results can be accomplished in this type of schedule. In talking with other locals, they have assured me that while it may not be perfect, it does preserve the right of the 2nd Shifters to go home after nine (9) hours, while others stay and work voluntarily, if needed. If more units are needed to be built, the next shift may be scheduled to come in and work. This plant could adopt similar start/stop times, if only the GM Management Team would do so. Changing the start/stop times currently proposed in the letter, will only disrupt the lives of our members and has already upset the membership about the proposed changes. While GM Management does reserve the right under paragraph (8) of the National Agreement to set times and schedules, you can rest assured that your President and Unit 1 (GM) Chairperson will continue to encourage the Arlington GM Management Team to consider another start/stop time congruent with the operations that are already working well in our sister plants. If the GM management of Arlington Assembly would like to preserve the “Family First” initiative to all the working members of UAW Local 276, it is our hope that, as President and Unit 1 (GM) Chairperson, they will do the right thing and institute schedules and times that will be more accommodating to the working membership!
UNIT 1 (GM) WHAT’S THE BUZZ?
We are pleased to announce that GM Management has agreed to hire a total of three hundred (300) Unit 1 (GM) employees into fulltime, permanent status as of the writing of this letter. This is great news for our Unit 1 (GM) UAW family. The Unit 1 (GM) Shop Committee will continue to push for the eventual hiring of all temporary workers into permanent status. The Unit 1 (GM) Shop Chairperson will request that the rules of seniority be followed during the selection and hiring process in keeping with the UAW/GM National Agreement.
STATE OF THE UNION:
Forms on which to submit Resolutions for the Unit 1 (GM) 2015 UAW Local 276 Local Agreement will be forthcoming soon. Our Unit 1 (GM) 2011 Local 276/GM Local Agreement will expire at midnight September 14, 2015. For the benefit of our newer Unit 1 (GM) members, the process for contract negotiations will begin with the Resolutions we receive from our Unit 1 (GM) members. We will provide specific forms that must be completed by the Unit 1 (GM) person submitting the Resolution. At the next Unit 1 (GM) Meeting, following the deadline for submitting Resolutions, the Unit 1 (GM) members will vote on the Resolutions to be accepted and those Resolutions will be typed up as Demands to be submitted to the Unit 1 (GM) Shop Committee who will use those demands to negotiate a new 2015 Unit 1 (GM) Local Agreement with local Management. Upon reaching a tentative Unit 1 (GM) Local Agreement, a Ratification Meeting for Unit 1 (GM) members will be called and the Unit 1 (GM) Shop Committee will explain the tentative Unit 1 (GM) 2015 Local Agreement to our members. At that meeting, both Unit 1 (GM) Production and Unit 1 (GM) Skilled Trades will vote whether to accept the Unit 1 (GM) Local Agreement. As we approach the time to submit Unit 1 (GM) Resolutions, more education on the process will be provided to you. This education will be coming the “BUZZ”; so, please pay attention to each one as it comes out.
AUGUST UNION MEETING:
As stated on the monthly Union Meeting Notice,
the Regular General Membership Meeting for both
Unit 1 (GM) and Unit 2 (Aramark) will be held
at the Union Hall this coming Sunday, August 10,
2014, at 2:00 PM. At that meeting, we will
nominate and vote on forty-two (42) Election
Committee members as required in the Local 276
Bylaws [both Unit 1 (GM) members and members
of Unit 2 (Aramark) are eligible to run for
a position on the Election Committee]; we will
discuss a Family Outing cookout for Labor Day;
and other items, just to list a few. There is
strength in numbers; so, please plan to attend.
The application period for Standing Committee Chairperson and Standing Committee Co-Chairperson has ended. Interview for these positions will be conducted Saturday, August 16, 2014, at the Union Hall. Each member who submitted an application prior to the deadline will be given a time to appear for their interview and will be given a ten (10) minute personal interview. You will be contacted to give you the time for your appointment. Please, be on time.
UNIT 1 (GM) EDUCATIONAL SNAPSHOT:
Did you know? Disciplinary layoffs and discharges are covered under paragraphs (76), (76a), (76b), and (77) of the UAW/GM National Agreement, pages 62 – 64. As a Unit 1 (GM) employee, you are entitled to a paragraph (76a) interview prior to exiting the plant if a disciplinary layoff is being considered by Labor Relations. The paragraph (76a) interview for Unit 1 (GM) employees also establishes important facts of the case to aid your Committeeperson in securing a just settlement in later appealed cases where the accusing Supervisor does not show up to establish the just cause. Please be sure to contact your Committeeperson.
UNIT 1 (GM) OPERATOR CHANGE PROCESS (OCP):
There are a lot of Unit 1 (GM) job elements being moved around in the Shop. Some Unit 1 (GM) jobs are being eliminated and other Unit 1 (GM) jobs are having items added to them. If your job is too hard for you to keep up in your footprint work envelope, and you find yourself continually getting behind, then your Unit 1 (GM) job is probably overloaded. There is a process that GM Management must follow that has been established in the plant called the Operator Change Process (OCP). GM Management must exhaust this process prior to adding items to your JES sheets. If it persists, the Unit 1 (GM) employee has the right to exercise her/his rights under the UAW/GM National Agreement as Production Standards [paragraphs (78), (78a), (78b), (78c), (78d), and (79); pages 64 - 66] which simply states your rights as a worker on what is perceived as an “overloaded” job. An overloaded job causes more mistakes, which generates more time-consuming repairs; ties up the Team Leader; drops our quality standards; and overall is just not good for the business of producing trucks off the end of the line. This in turn could be a cause of recalls of our products.
We would ask the membership to please be on the lookout for those who would blatantly take the “BUZZ” report from its respective placements at each entrance. Please report any instance of this to the President or the Unit 1 (GM) Shop Chairperson.
UNIT 1 (GM) WHAT’S THE BUZZ?
Since taking office on June 8th, we have been
very busy getting adjusted to our new
responsibilities. We are now beginning to
settle in and get an agenda going. We
appreciate your patience with us as we get
up to speed. A heartfelt thanks again to
the entire membership.
Applications for Local 276 standing committee chairpersons and co-chairpersons as outlined in the UAW Constitution, Article 44, are still being accepted at the Union Hall through 4:00 PM July 31, 2014. All active GM and Aramark members in good standing are encouraged to come out and apply for these positions. Interviews for these openings will be conducted in August, on a date or dates to be determined.
This plant is not going down to two shifts. We can barely meet the product demand while running three shifts. Local GM Management has not provided the Union with any written communication stating that the plant is going to two shifts. This written communication is required to be given to the Union by the 2011 UAW-GM National Agreement prior to any changes being made to shifts.
We want to encourage the membership, both GM and Aramark, to become involved in the voluntary CAP donation program. Your donation will go a long way towards helping those who support labor endeavors through legislation. You can determine the monthly amount to be deducted – anything from $1.00 on up. A $25.00 a month or more donation will be rewarded with a Region 5 watch after you have contributed $300.00 – which equals contributions for 12 months of $25.00 each. See a CAP committee member or contact the Union Hall to sign up – every dollar helps!
STATE OF THE UNION:
There still has been no movement on the demands presented to General Motors by the Unit 1 (GM) Shop Chairperson and the President at the GM Key 4 meeting concerning the GM overtime plan A or B, the forcing of excessive overtime – both GM production and GM skilled trades, the GM skilled trades apprenticeship program, and the hiring of all GM temporary employees to fill the RTR (Required to Run) jobs, as well as the need for additional GM skilled trades employees in the plant.
DID YOU KNOW…GM disciplinary layoffs and GM discharges are covered under Paragraph (76), (76a), (76b), and (77) of the UAW-GM National Agreement, pages 62-64? As a GM employee, you are entitled to have your GM committeeperson present for your entitled 76a interview prior to being asked to exit the plant if any type of discipline is being considered by Labor Relations. All information garnered through discussions with your GM committeeperson and information and documents obtained in the disciplinary interview will aid the Union in addressing your case with the International Union.
UNIT 1 (GM) WHAT’S THE BUZZ?
Well, the elections are now over and the Unit 1 (GM) Shop Chairperson and I are so excited about getting to work and serving this great membership. The start is always rocky when there is a change in union administration but we heartily welcome the challenge! Our goals, as a team, are to keep the membership informed and to be as transparent as possible in keeping the membership informed. Thus, the President’s and Unit 1 (GM) Shop Chairperson’s report shall be combined in order to conserve resources and materials. Please, be attentive to each and every report as it comes to the floor.
JULY SNAPSHOT OF EVENTS FOR UNIT 1 (GM) MEMBERS:
STATE OF THE UNION BUSINESS:
At the Key 4 meeting held last week, demands for a Unit 1 (GM) overtime plan were given to General Motors Arlington Plant Management by the Unit 1 (GM) Shop Chairperson. Last fall, the membership voted overwhelmingly to institute an overtime plan according to pages 233 – 243 of the National Agreement. The demand was also made to cease the forced overtime of the Skilled Trades group immediately, including the cessation of the eleven (11) hours per day work schedule and the forced weekends. Other topics covered were the overloading of jobs; a request for additional Skilled Trades workers; the reinstatement of a Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Program; and to have Temps hired to run RTR jobs that are identified in the shop.
The Unit 1 (GM) Shop Chairperson is requesting that any Unit 1 (General Motors) hourly employee who has a copy of a valid grievance that has not been settled take it to the Committee Room for investigation. We have new Committee people in place who may not have knowledge of these specific grievances.
AN EDUCATIONAL NOTE:
Do you know your Weingarten rights? The
Weingarten right is a right derived from the
Supreme Court’s 1975 Weingarten decision where
the court recognized union employees’ rights
to representation at investigatory interviews.
The National Labor Relations Board now takes
the opposite position and holds that the right
to representation at investigatory interviews
applies equally to union and non-union employees.
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