LOCAL 2250 CONTRACT HIGHLIGHTS

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                                            UAW Local 2250

                                     2015 Local Contract Highlights                                    

September 13, 2016                                online at http://www.uawlocal2250.org

                    2015 SKILLED TRADES LOCAL CONTRACT HIGHLIGHTS         

During the 2015 Local Negotiations your Local Shop Committee was able to secure present language while making gains on other issues.

  • During the past 3 negotiations Mgt has made serious attempts to exit our Stationary Engineer (Powerhouse) work to 3rd Your Committee was once again able to secure these positons through the life of this contract.
  • Electricians who are required to wear ESWP clothing as part of their PEP, will now have the option to receive light weight clothing. The light weight clothing is much cooler and more comfortable.  Electricians can opt to have half light weight and the other half heavy weight clothing.  Those choosing light weight will be required to launder those uniforms.  Mgt has agreed to install 3 sets of washers and driers within the plant.
  • Transfer Rights language has been changed. In past when transferring from one department to another you would not be able to transfer again for 1 year. You will now have the ability to transfer after 6 months.
  • Language pertaining to former Department 40 has now been changed to: Work related to process equipment formally performed by Department 40 will now be the responsibility of the independent departments. This includes the MW functions within Stamping being performed now by MR (rack repair, guard rails).  This has allowed us the ability to keep this work with the UAW Bargaining Unit.
  • Within the new Body Shop various areas will examined for additional lighting in order to give Tradesperson the ability to work in better and safer conditions.
  • NEC Code Books will now be available through the GM-UAW computer system, with access available to all Electricians. Mgt was only wanting to have a book within in each department, this will allow our Electricians instant access when they are in need.
  • All Grievances settled

Every Committeeman has a copy of all signed tentative agreements. There are several copies at the Union Hall.  If you have any question about what an agreement means, you can call the UAW Work Center at 636-327-2250.

**Informational/Ratification Meeting will be held Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at the Union Hall at 7:00 AM, 12:00 Noon, and 3:00 PM.  You may vote on the contract beginning at 9:00 PM, Thursday, September 15 until 5:00 PM, Friday, September 16.  You must have your plant badge or 2016 Union card to vote!**


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                                              UAW Local 2250

                                     2015 Local Contract Highlights                                    

September 12, 2016                                online at http://www.uawlocal2250.org

Every Committeeman has a copy of all signed tentative agreements. There are several copies at the Union Hall.  If you have any question about what an agreement means, you can call the UAW Work Center at 636-327-2250.

**Informational/Ratification Meeting will be held Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at the Union Hall at 7:00 AM, 12:00 Noon, and 3:00 PM.  You may vote on the contract beginning at 9:00 PM, Thursday, September 15 until 5:00 PM, Friday, September 16.  You must have your plant badge or 2016 Union card to vote!**

UD 125– The parties mutually agreed to determine area within the new Body Shop where lighting is needed to ensure a safe work environment.

UD 126– “UAW LOCAL 2250” will be added to the entrance sign on Highway A.

UD 127– Health and Safety will review the Material CMA areas to determine if safety shoes are required. If deemed a necessity, safety shoes will be provided for all impacted employees in that area.

MI 4- All references to “EDS” will be modified to “IT” in the Local Contract.

MI 5– All references to “Voith” will be modified to “3rd party support” in the Local Contract.

MI 7– The parties agree that any new perimeter guarding will be installed consistent with the UAW/GM Safety Standards.

MI 11– All references to “Skill Center” will be modified to “Learning Center” in the Local Contract.

MI 19– LD 238 will be amended to read “Management will not tow any employee’s personal vehicle from the plant parking lot without giving the employee notification.”

MI 24– NEC reference manuals will be provided on line for the use of the Electricians.

MI 31- The TL selection process will be modified as follows:

  • Once an employee is on the active TL list and they remove their name from consideration they will not be able to reapply for 90 days.
  • Upon reapplying the employee will be required to participate in the most recent mutually agreed to version of the TL selection process and pass before being placed back on the list.

MI 34,35,36,48, UD 84, 128– Local Demand #58 will be modified in support of world class quality to include the language “this language is not applicable to employees working in the Paint Department. Paint Department employees can have their drink at their operation as long as the drink is in a closed container. Food will be kept in the Team Rooms and eaten at the appropriate times and areas if an employee chooses to eat in the Paint Department. In support of this endeavor additional vending machines will be added to the Paint Department to increase the meal type options for employees. The parties will explore additional options (including a mini grab and go).


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                                              UAW Local 2250

                                     2015 Local Contract Highlights                                    

September 9, 2016                                online at http://www.uawlocal2250.org

If after reviewing this you have a question, place a call for your Committeeman or call the UAW Work Center at 636-327-2250. The Bargaining Committee unanimously supports the 2015 UAW Local 2250 Local Contract.  

UD 58– The Union was able to negotiate language for a consistent start time. Under normal circumstances start times will be consistent throughout the week for each day of production. The parties recognize that circumstances such as early third shift starts are not a matter of discussion and are compliant to the National Agreement.

UD 60– Two wash basins will be installed in mutually agreed locations.

UD 62– Under current conditions trash receptacles will be emptied daily during days of production and during the shift following the weeks last production shift of the week.

UD 64– Television monitors that are currently inoperable in Team Centers and other mutually agreed locations will be replaced.

UD 65– Working Team Leader language. The Shop Committee wanted the language in the contract to reflect the actual practice. The TL language on page 132 will be amended to read as follows, “Quality Department Team Leaders covering GA, VS, K-line, CARE, Weld/Paint/Body as well as Final Process Roll Test will be non-working TLs. All Material, all remaining Final Process, and the Quality Department Team Leaders covering GCA and Torque will be working TLs.

UD 69– The parties agree that employees who are required to switch shifts will do so on the first day of the work week.

UD 72, 73– The Union was successful in adding language to the peak vacation time period. The parties will jointly review the vacation applications and establish an agreed upon workable number of vacation approvals by department for the calendar year.

UD 75– Language was amended in the Local Agreement that excuses the 5th, 6th or 7th day following an approved vacation which was approved during the vacation application period for the last regularly scheduled day of the work week (will not be considered as a scheduled work day).

UD 76– All Production Departments will have weekly manpower meeting with the Committeeman for that department.

UD 81– Utility Paint Repair will be equalized with Department 15 Paint.

UD 82– At the conclusion of the negotiations, the local UAW-GM Safety Representatives will review, evaluate and ensure an acceptable travel route to traverse to the restrooms.

UD 85 through 102 are Division 2 Skilled Trades settlements and will be covered separately.

UD 103– The Shop Committee was able to negotiate language for coverage of absenteeism in the Stamping Department. Stamping will first look at filling voids from within the department utilizing over/under coverage.

UD 104 through 111 are Division 2 Skilled Trades Stamping settlements and will be covered separately.

UD 112– The Parties are committed to work jointly on resolving the issues regarding the PTT vehicle test to the K-line.

UD 114– Under current conditions Management and Union will jointly meet with the third party service providers who do not utilize GM vehicles while performing work on site.

UD 115– Management will have the parking lots cleaned quarterly.

UD 116– Issues pertaining to parking lot safety will be reviewed by Health/Safety, Shop Committee and Management.

UD 117– The parties agree that areas of concern regarding Andon volume will be identified and reviewed by Health/Safety Team.

UD 120– Management agreed to replace broken desks, chairs and provide a new copy/fax machine in the UAW Work Center.

Every Committeeman has a copy of all signed tentative agreements. There are several copies at the Union Hall.

** There will be Informational Meetings in the cafeteria training room on September 9 & 10, 2016.  The meetings will be held at 6:45 AM, 1:30 PM and 2:45 PM.  **


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                                              UAW Local 2250                          

                                      2015 Local Contract Highlights                                 

September 8, 2016                                online at http://www.uawlocal2250.org

The entire Bargaining Committee met on Tuesday to review the tentative Local Contract. The UAW Local 2250 Bargaining Committee unanimously supports the 2015 tentative Local 2250 Contract.

UD 30, 32- The First Responder Program will be established again at Wentzville Assembly Center. In addition to Security and Medical Personnel, up to 4 volunteers from each production department will be selected to be included as First Responders. The Union was successful in the addition of 6 new defibrillators in the facility, along with the current 15.

UD 34, MI 25– During the 2015 Local Negotiations there was much discussion between the parties about how best to insure the safety and security of the employees in our facility. Six turnstiles will be installed at the Body and Chassis entrances and 4 turnstiles will be installed at the Main Security entrance. Badge readers will activate all turnstiles. The turnstiles will initially be free flowing for 15 minutes at the end of each shift. This will be reviewed and adjusted appropriately. It is intended that access will be provided to an outside smoking area with some covered areas at all three entrances that would not require going through the turnstiles. Employees are still allowed to exit the plant during paid break times with no loss of pay. An employee who does not have their badge will be able to gain access through the Body and Chassis entrance by displaying their driver’s license or state issued ID.

UD 36- Eleven water fountains will be installed in mutually agreed to locations.

UD 37– Printers will be added to all EIC readers (These are the monitors that an employee can swipe their badge and see their two-week time).

UD 38- All existing ice machines will be repaired and water filters will be added.

UD 39– Two additional ice machines will be added in mutually agreed to locations.

UD 40– Inclement weather gear will continue to be provided to all employees that have been previously identified.

UD 42– Management will ensure appropriate personnel will be available to support operation change implementation across all three shifts. All three shifts will be appropriately involved in the modifications planning and implementations whenever possible. The committeeman for the shift will be informed before the change occurs.

UD 44– Management will inform the Union and employees of changes in break or lunch times as far in advance as practicable, but will not change breaks to any earlier than 18 minutes of their normal time. Any change will be notified to the Chairman 12 minutes in advance.

UD 45- “Third shift” will be added to LD 134 and in all places where only 2nd shift is identified.

UD 47– Whereas medical is not properly staffed to process sick leave returns in a timely manner, therefore be it resolved, employees will be able to schedule an appointment with medical on their day of return before the beginning of their shift and be paid from the beginning of their shift.

UD 48– Under the current conditions the tentative production schedule will be communicated on the second Monday of each month for the following month. It is understood due to operational challenges the schedule is always open for potential modifications.

UD 49- LD 159 will be modified as follows: Under current conditions Paint Department sanding operations on the GMT 610 and 31xx are performed in a booth. In the event special circumstances require sanding outside a booth for small areas, the Local Joint Health and Safety Committee will review the operations and appropriate controls will be instituted.

UD 51- LD 173 to be amended to say “E” days or excused days off may be requested up to seven calendar days in advance. Management will respond to the request granted or denied no later than two working days after receiving the request.

UD 53– The Union was successful in negotiating that the “high traffic” restrooms will be serviced twice per shift. The “high traffic” restrooms are identified as the Body and Chassis main entrances, the east and west dock, the east and west end of the Administration hallway, H29, J31, and KK28.

UD 55, 56– The Union was able to negotiate safety glasses with magnification diopters lens (bi-focal) will be available in General Stores.

UD 57- Management will add 6 additional outdoor smoking stations at mutually agreed to locations.

** There will be Informational Meetings in the cafeteria training room on September 9 & 10, 2016.  The meetings will be held at 6:45 AM, 1:30 PM and 2:45 PM.  **

Every Committeeman has a copy of all signed tentative agreements. There are several copies at the Union Hall.  If you have a question about what an agreement means, you can call the UAW Work Center at 636-327-2250.


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                                              UAW Local 2250                          

                                             2015 Local Contract Highlights                      

  September 7, 2016                                 online at http://www.uawlocal2250.org      

Over the next 8 days, the Shop Committee will present in daily highlights every signed agreement that was agreed to in negotiations over the last 13 months. What may seem like minor settlements, i.e. fans, ice machines, water fountains, would not have been provided without negotiating with management into the Local Contract.  If a Union Demand number is skipped, it was withdrawn.

UD 1– All grievances will be resolved. This includes Division 1 and 2. Management wanted to put a 2015 deadline on the grievances that would be resolved, but the Shop Committee was successful in resisting that proposal.

UD 3, 4, 124– The Shop Committee was successful in retaining for the life of the agreement the Hourly I.E., the Hourly Suggestion Investigator, the Hourly Communication/Par. 6a rep and the Hourly Fall/Rigging Inspector.

UD 6, 7, 59– Four team centers will be enclosed, one on the East Dock, one on the West Dock, one in xxx, one in xxx. All team centers will be staffed with a refrigerator, microwave, and coffee pot. Concerns generated by the location of conveyors in relationship to Team Center will be jointly addressed.

UD 8– Additional fans will be installed in Body, Final and the Care Line in mutually agreed to locations.

UD 10– Install plastic barriers around the EI booth in Paint. Future concerns of Paint Department environment will be discussed. This demand has already been implemented. In 2017 the Paint Department will be receiving a separate HVAC system. This will be a “stand alone” system for Paint. In doing so, this will free up HVAC capacity for the rest of the plant.

UD 11– Work that management had proposed to be done by a 3rd party vendor in the Paint Department will still be performed by UAW/GM employees. Cleaning of robot applicators, changing of all robot covers, changing of beam covers, feather duster cleaning and blow off will all be done by UAW/GM employees.  In addition, the maintaining of ISS will be performed by UAW/GM Skilled Trades.

UD 14– The Union will be notified as far in advance as possible of scheduling of overtime due to an emergency situation.

UD 80– The Union will be notified as far in advance as possible of the need to cancel a shift.

UD 17– All showers and shower stalls throughout the plant will be refurbished. Refurbishing to include fixtures, tile, flooring, seats and partitions.

UD 18– Lost production due to a continuous breakdown of 4 hours or more will be made up by the shift that best supports a recovery plan. Discussions with the Union will be held prior to the scheduling.

UD 20– The Union was successful in the re-instating of Overtime Equalization between the shifts language in the local contract. This language was removed in the 2009 bankruptcy COA.

UD 21– A complete set of PAD documents will be provided at all quality gates in Van Body Shop.

UD 24– A reasonable balance of voluntary overtime hours will be maintained between the shifts.

UD 25, 26, 27, MI 26– Under the current operating conditions management will provide 6 sets of work uniforms per contract to those employees who are not provided rented/laundered uniforms.  Employees can choose between denim or regular work pants, full length or shorts. Long or Short sleeve button up work shirts will be available. T-shirts will be available in four colors; blue, tan, green or orange with reflective safety tape. Also new this contract will be coveralls. In lieu of 1 pant and 1 shirt, an employee can order coveralls. The cleaning of uniforms and coveralls is the responsibility of the employee. Female sizing will be available for all types of uniforms for those requesting. Damaged clothing will continue to be replaced when returned.

UD 29– Numerous discussions were had concerning the cafeteria service. The parties agree if the cafeteria service is not meeting the demands and expectations of our employees, this topic to include the rebidding of the service is an appropriate subject for the Shop Committee meeting. In addition, a “Cafeteria Committee” will be established.

Every Committeeman has a copy of all signed tentative agreements. There are several copies at the Union Hall.  If you have a question about what an agreement means, you can call the UAW Work Center at 636-327-2250.

The Shop Committee unanimously supports the 2015 UAW Local 2250 Local Contract.


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                                              UAW Local 2250               

                                             2015 Local Contract Highlights                          

 September 6, 2016                                 online at http://www.uawlocal2250.org

The 2015 negotiations were some of the most arduous and tedious that some members of the Shop Committee have ever been involved in. In 2011, negotiations lasted 4 months and was ratified before the end of 2011. In 2007, negotiations dragged on from the previous Chairman to myself and before they could be settled the Corporation declared Bankruptcy. The contract was eventually resolved in 2009. The difficulty this year was that the National Contract was extended 3 months past its expiration and included language that affected Wentzville.

Over the next 9 days, we will go through every settled agreement in numerical order, starting with Union Demand 1 and ending with Management Initiative 49.  First we will share with you the issue that held up negotiations the longest and was the most controversial. Rotation.

In the 2015 National Contract, Document 40 (page 433) Global Manufacturing Systems was negotiated. “GMS is the single, common global manufacturing system that engages and aligns all employees. It is agreed that the Parties will jointly implement and execute the entire system”.  Every GM plant will execute the entire GMS system. Every vehicle manufacturing plant, other than Wentzville, has job rotation. If you were to transfer to another plant, you would be rotating jobs. What makes us unique is that in 2008, we negotiated that Job Rotation would be voluntary (LD 106). That language remains intact in the 2015 Local Contract.

GMS has an entire section on People Involvement. There are 18 Mission Statements in People Involvement. They include Safety, Training, Roles and Responsibilities, Team Structure, Team Leader Availability, Layered Audits and Team Rotation. As a plant, we are only 47% compliant with GMS. We have a long way to go to be green. The one constant in People Involvement is the Team. The Team manages itself. The Team decides their goals, the Team resolves quality issues, and the Team trains one another. With that being said, the following MOU was agreed to by the Parties.

“Under the current conditions the parties agree that all team members will be trained, certified, expected to perform, and maintain proficiency on a minimum of two jobs within the team. The teams will define the process by which the above items are to be implemented. Either party may escalate concerns related to this understanding through the Document 40 Issue Resolution Process.”

What does it mean? First, we still bid jobs to an operation address. Most plants bid jobs to a team. We will continue to bid an address in departmental job bids. Your seniority will get you to your primary job.  Second, every team member will need to train, certify and perform a secondary job. How do you pick a secondary job in your team? That is up to you and your team. Pick by seniority is one idea.  Your team is going to decide on how to accomplish the secondary job training. Your team is going to decide on how to maintain proficiency. There are numerous brothers and sisters working here who have worked in plants that have mandatory rotation. Their experience will help guide your team. LD 106 is still in the local contract, rotation is voluntary, but the Parties encourage and will support those teams that decide to rotate jobs voluntarily.

Every Committeeman has a copy of all signed tentative agreements. There are several copies at the Union Hall.

If you have a question about what an agreement means, you can call the UAW Work Center at 636-327-2250.

The Shop Committee unanimously supports the 2015 UAW Local 2250 Local Contract.

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