Tuesday, November 11, 2014

State of the Union November 11, 2014

November 11, 2014 online at www.uawlocal2250.com

• From Chairman Mike Bullock: Management announced last week the operating hours for Wentzville Assembly Center when we go to three shifts. A start date of 3rd shift has not yet been finalized, but will be late in 1st quarter of 2015.

A ‘Special Application” for Shift Preference/63b transfers will tentatively be distributed November 12 to all employees. A 63b transfer is a transfer to a different classification in the plant than what you currently have, it could be in the same department or in a different department. There will be 19 different classifications available to choose from. Keep in mind if choosing a different classification it may not be available on the shift you chose. Special applications for 63b transfers and shift preferences were distributed in Paint and Body last week. We started with Paint and Body because of the long lead time necessary to train on some operations in Paint and Body.

All employees who will have seniority by December 23, 2014 are eligible to apply for a Shift Preference and Par. 63b transfer. Almost all classifications in the plant will be open for bid. The repair openings in Final Process were bid 30 days ago and filled, but there are additional openings for Utility Roll Test and Utility Drivers. The number of openings in each classification is on the back of the application next to the classification. When bidding on a classification keep in mind a shift cannot be guaranteed. Indicate on the application in priority order (1,2,3) which classification you want to transfer to, however the shift cannot be guaranteed. If your seniority will get you to the shift you prefer, it will be granted, otherwise you will go to your next priority preference. All 63b openings will be filled by those applicants wanting to change classification in seniority order.

Shift preferences are also on this application. If you wish to stay in your current department and classification you can request a change in shift on this application. If you want to go to a different classification and shift, indicate that on the special application. Those wishing to go to 3rd shift in the same department and classification will be offered those openings in seniority order before the 63b’s are offered. Again a shift cannot be guaranteed, only if your seniority will get you to an opening, and can hold the shift with your seniority date.

On both 63b transfers and shift preferences, indicate your choice by priority, i.e. 1, 2, 3. An employee’s shift choice will take priority over a classification change. For example, an employee puts in for Material and Quality. Their shift priority is 1st shift first, 3rd shift second, 2nd shift third. His/Her seniority will hold 1st shift in Material but not Quality, he/she will have their transfer to Material honored.


    • The following rules have been established for this special application per Document 70 of the National Agreement:
  • Shift preferences honored will be locked in until August 10, 2015
  • Par. 63b transfers honored will be locked in until August 10, 2015
  • Shift preference applications will be frozen from November 19th until April 1, 2015.
  • If you have shift referenced since May 19th, you are ineligible to shift preference until after April 1, 2015
  • If you have moved per Par. 63b since May 19th you are ineligible to apply for a Par. 63b transfer until after November 19th.
  • Job selection on 3rd shift is by seniority, you cannot follow your job from 1st shift or 2nd shift to 3rd shift., unless seniority permits.
  • Time limits on Par. 63b transfers, Primary bids, secondary bids, and shift preferences have been suspended
  • When an employee’s shift preference application is honored under these provisions it is ounderstood that it will be to the shift of the employee’s choice, without refusal, provided the employee would otherwise be eligible for such shift in the new classification and/or department under the terms of the Local Shift Preference Agreement.
  • Some manpower moves may be made out of line of seniority, all attempts will be made so as no employee is disadvantaged.

• Happy Veterans Day to all of our veterans here! Nearly 1000 past and current employees here are veterans. They all deserve our respect and gratitude for their service to our country. Our Veterans Day observance will be Friday, Nov. 14. Thursday Nov. 13 is a holiday pay qualifying day and a VR blackout day. Monday Nov. 17 is a VR blackout day.

• Reminder: The deadline for non-seniority employees and non-GM people to submit requests for information and qualify for the random drawing for the Apprentice Program is this Friday, Nov. 14. All requests must be postmarked by then.

• There will be a Civil Rights Committee meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12 between shifts in the cafeteria. There will be a Community Services Committee meeting Thursday, Nov. 13 between shifts in the cafeteria. There will also be a Veterans Committee meeting Thursday, Nov. 13 between shifts at the Union Hall. Anyone wishing to attend any of these meetings is welcome.

• The “Poppy Drive” to support Veteran’s activities is off to a great start - $2335 was collected at the first shift gate drive! Thanks to everyone who gave so generously

• From the Women’s Committee: Thanks to everyone who donated or purchased items at the bake sale yesterday. We collected over $1000 for Habitat for Humanity – the largest sum ever for a bake sale! We still need donations of baskets or items for a basket. You can bring them to the Suggestions office. Thanks for all your support.

• From UAW President Dennis Williams: I want to thank all the members of the UAW who took the time to go vote last week. Our union has faced many challenges over the past several years and we will face many more in the future and voting is the surest way to change the environment in our states and nation. The stark fact that so many others stayed home and did not vote is a reflection that too many Americans are being left out of an economy that promotes the success of a few, while leaving the rest of us behind. While the Republicans now have gained control of the U.S. Senate and House they also have gained responsibility for representing all Americans, not just the wealthiest among us, but also those who spoke through their silence last Tuesday. If not, they misread the Election returns and will pay a price in 2016 as the loudest voice this election was the silence of many frustrated voters who stayed home. For those of you who volunteered, did GOTV (get out the vote), knocked on doors, dropped leaflets and did tireless work a special thank you and please don't be discouraged. For every valley there is a mountaintop. See you there in 2016!

Tom Brune
UAW Communications Coordinator
Wentzville Assembly
636-327-2119

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

State of the Union November 5, 2014

October is typically one of the slowest months of the year for van sales and this year was no different. Here's how the segment fared, minus the smaller entries like the Transit connect:

  2014 2013 Change Share
GM 6601 7552 -12.6% 35.4%
Ford Econoline 4712 9508 -50.4% 25.3%
Ford Transit 2257 --- --- 12.1%
Mercedes Sprinter 2140 2038 +5% 11.5%
Ram ProMaster 1723 570 +202% 9.2%
Nissan NV 1220 1006 +21.3% 6.6%


Field supplies as measured in units was largely unchanged, but measured in days supply went up due to the lower daily sales rate, going from 44 days at the end of September to 56 days at the end of October. Here's a look at the midsize pickup segment as October was our first full month of sales, albeit with very limited supply:

  2014 2013 Change Share
Toyota Tacoma 13,010   12,351 +5.3%
Nissan Frontier 6,568   5,242 +25.3%
Chevy Colorado 1,491      
GMC Canyon 667      
Honda Ridgeline 802   1,239 -35.3%

In a couple of months we will start to include market share calculations and field supplies. We will also be including sales from the Honda Ridgeline, which is more or less a competitor for the same buyers.
Below are the average new vehicle transaction prices for October.


•From the Women’s Committee: The annual Habitat for Humanity of St Charles County’s Celebration of the Trees Gala is Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 at the Ameristar Casino Resort and Spa. In order to ensure the success of this very important fundraiser, we are seeking donations to our Silent Auction held that night. For the last 14 years General Motors Wentzville employees have supported this event. We are asking you to help make this year the best ever. Generous donors like you are the key to our success and make it possible for Habitat for Humanity to provide families in need of housing the opportunity to have a home. We are counting on you for your support to help us and Habitat. Your donation will be listed in the event program.
There are several options: you can make a monetary donation to Habitat; build a basket yourself to be auctioned off on Sat. Nov., 22; make a monetary donation and have us build a basket on your behalf. We have to have our list complete and forwarded to Habitat by Nov. 13. Please help up support the good work of Habitat for Humanity, they help the deserving families in our community by helping them build a home. You can also attend the event if you wish. Tickets are $80 and includes an elegant dinner, live and silent auctions as well as a viewing of their beautiful professionally decorated Christmas trees. For more information go to habitatstcharles.org and click on events and celebration of trees. To purchase a ticket, reserve a table, or get sponsorship information, contact Lauren Grotegeers at lauren@habitatstcharles.org. If you have any questions please contact Becky Schieffer, Pat Wyse, Marsha Steele, Marybeth Natoli, Angela Harper or Tammy Lockhart. Thanks in advance for your support! Becky Schieffer, Pat Wyse, Marsha Steele

• Another way to support the Habitat for Humanity fundraiser is to donate and/or consume baked goods at the Bake Sale, which will be Monday, Nov. 10 at the Suggestions office. You can drop off your donations there.

• Here is another Colorado/Canyon review, this time from Karl Brauer, Kelly Blue Book analyst and editor: Bold ad campaigns and creative positioning are all well and good, but if a vehicle doesn’t offer real advantages in today’s competitive environment it’s destined to fail. To GM’s credit, the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon have a wide array of segment-first features and advanced technology. After driving both trucks I can confirm their advantages in the areas of performance, design, build quality, refinement and innovative features. For example, the base engine for either truck is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that offers 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. Those horsepower and torque numbers beat the competition from Nissan and Toyota by sizable margins while still matching them in overall fuel efficiency. Interior design, as reflected in the Colorado and Canyon’s functionality, material quality and space, is another area where GM’s trucks have it all over the competition. Advanced features, including up to 4 USB ports, optional 4G LTE connectivity, a standard rear camera, optional lane departing warning and forward collision alert, plus an available 8-inch touchscreen, set a new technology standard in the midsize truck category. The Colorado and Canyon also proved quieter than their competitors at highway speeds due to the triple-sealed, inlaid door design and the use of wheelhouse liners and under floor sound insulation. After spending quality time in the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon (as well as their competition) it was obvious GM has set a new benchmark in the midsize truck category. Nissan’s Frontier and Toyota’s Tacoma will both receive updates in the next two years, but until then GM’s offerings have a clear advantage. Nissan’s Frontier and Toyota’s Tacoma will both receive updates in the next two years, but until then GM’s offerings have a clear advantage.

Tom Brune
UAW Communications Coordinator
Wentzville Assembly
636-327-2119

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

State of the Union October 22, 2014

October 22, 2014 online at www.uawlocal2250.com

• The Bargaining Committee is accepting resolutions for upcoming national negotiations now through December 12. Forms are available from your committee person or at the Union Hall and can be turned back into same. All resolutions (except redundant ones) will be submitted to the International Union.

• The Community Services Committee is holding a raffle to level the gifts for the annual Adopt-A-Child Program. Prizes are a $200 Ameristar Gift Card, a $100 Bear Creek golf club gift card and a $50 gas card. Tickets are $5 apiece or 3 for $10 and can be purchased from any committee member. Drawing will be Oct. 29 at 8 pm in the cafeteria.

• The Civil Rights Committee is having a meeting Wednesday, Oct. 22 between shifts in the cafeteria.

• The November production schedule is out and it features daily overtime (9.6 hours off the K-line) as well as two Saturdays – Nov. 8 and 22. Remember, all production schedules are subject to change. Tuesday, Nov. 4 is a holiday (election day) and Friday, Nov. 14 is the Veterans Day observance day. The Thanksgiving holiday is Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28.

• GM will be reporting 3rd quarter earnings this Thursday, Oct. 23, beginning at 7:30 am. To date we have accumulated $1750 in profit share. The concensus among analysts for GM’s 3rd quarter earnings is for slightly better earnings than last year’s 3rd quarter, which was $2.2 billion in North America. If the analysts are correct, then we could get another $2000 in profit share. While these analysts are often wrong (though never in doubt) GM did report their highest 3rd quarter sales since 1980 and had the highest average transaction prices in the US ever, lending credence to projections of improved financial performance.

• Our pickups are now showing up in dealer inventory, and are available for purchase with your employee discount. And how much is that discount? Here’s an example: A Colorado 2-wheel drive LT crew cab with the V6, 17” aluminum wheels, backup camera, 8” touchscreen, OnStar with 4GLTE, leather tilt/telescoping steering wheel, towing package and positrack that stickers for $30,805 is employee priced at $28,283.

• From President Van Simpson: We will be conducting phone banks at the UAW Local 2250 Union Hall and Region 5 for the upcoming elections. The phone banks will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:00-7:00 PM and on Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM this week and next week. We would greatly appreciate your participation! Please call the hall at (636) 327-5796 to let us know when you will be available to work to help get our Labor Friendly Candidates elected on November 4, 2014! We look forward to hearing from you!

• From Edmunds.com: Special-edition models, distinctive accessories and the possibility of performance parts are part of the business plan to woo buyers to the redesigned 2015 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck. Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet's truck marketing director, told Edmunds that special-edition models, a successful formula for the Camaro over the past years, will be applied once or twice a year during the Colorado's lifecycle to keep a buzz on the truck. "A lot of the folks on my [truck] team were working on the Camaro special-edition models and that certainly applies to trucks," Piszar said during a recent interview. "We have an enthusiastic owner base, you have a lot of competitive activity going on, and special-edition models are a great way to keep what we call 'new news' going in the showroom."

Piszar said a good example is the successful Rally Edition package available on the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup. The package adds a body-color grille with a black bowtie, black mirror caps and door handles, two wide black rally stripes on the hood and other equipment. Silverado pickups equipped with that package are hot commodities, selling within 20 days of arrival at a dealership. "There is a lot of excitement around it," Piszar said. "The dealers get excited. We are going to do the exact same thing with Colorado."

Duncan Aldred, Buick-GMC sales and marketing vice president, told Edmunds the 2015 GMC Canyon will follow a similar path. "We believe that is an important part of the lifecycle management for a truck in this space," Aldred said. "We will be doing that."

Piszar said Chevrolet is considering a wide range of performance parts for the Colorado, including intake and exhaust systems, brake kits and suspension systems. "These are all things that a lot of consumers consider or add when they buy a truck so we think there is an opportunity there for us to help them with that customization, right from the showroom floor," he said. No timetable was given as to when the performance parts might be offered.

However, both the Colorado and Canyon at launch are available with about 50 accessories that are specially designed for the pickups. For example, there are four different styles of assist steps, two separate tonneau covers, plus ladder racks, fender flares, and other equipment. "This is really the first truck that we have aligned our accessory offerings right at launch," Piszar said.

Tom Brune
UAW Communications Coordinator
Wentzville Assembly
636-327-2119

Friday, October 17, 2014

October 16, 2014 online at www.uawlocal2250.com

• The Bargaining Committee is accepting resolutions for upcoming national negotiations now through December 12. Forms are available from your committee person or at the Union Hall and can be turned back into same. All resolutions (except redundant ones) will be submitted to the International Union.

• Beginning today and running through Monday, Oct. 20, you can submit an entry for the flu shot lottery (form located on back). Please fill out the form entirely and drop it in one of the Suggestion boxes located at the entrances. The plan is to create a schedule from the entries and begin giving out flu shots as soon as possible. We have 450 shots available, so that number of entries will be drawn in the lottery.

• The Community Services Committee is holding a raffle to level the gifts for the annual Adopt-A-Child Program. Prizes are a $200 Ameristar Gift Card, a $100 Bear Creek golf club gift card and a $50 gas card. Tickets are $5 apiece or 3 for $10 and can be purchased from any committee member.

• Davis Vision will be the provider of vision benefits for retirees through the VEBA trust. According to a statement from Davis, retirees will have coverage that will include eye exams and eyewear. No other details were available.

• The Detroit News recently had a wide ranging interview with UAW President Dennis Williams. The following are excerpts from that interview:
o In preparation for national negotiations, “We're shaking it up a little bit. We're actually restructuring internally. We know we have a lot to do — but we don't want to put so much on our plate that we can't achieve nothing."
o Regarding negotiations on wages, "We have to be focused on bridging that gap (between tier 2 and traditional employees). The companies need to recognize the fact that the (veteran employees) haven't had a raise”….. At the same time, Williams says, the union has to be "mindful that we are in a global economy with real competition."
o Speaking about meetings with the CEOs of the Big 3, they haven't been a "deep dialogue," he says. Rather, he characterized them as sessions to get to know each other.
o Williams said a strike is not inevitable next year in contract negotiations, despite suggestions by some observers. "We don't want to have a confrontation unnecessarily. I just think there's too much at stake for any of us to pick a fight with one another," he said. "We have big issues — there's no doubt about it — but I think, realistically, companies have to know... our members have sacrificed. I think that new people coming in want a higher standard of living and I don't think that's unreasonable. We'll find out when we get to the table."
o About the upcoming option for Michigan UAW members’ ability to opt out of the Union at the end of the current agreement because of the state’s right to work status, "This is new to our members, this is new to the state of Michigan — so we'll deal with it, but it's not going to be a total focus of mine." He said that in other right-to-work states, the union has been successful in retaining the vast majority of its members. "I've always believed that if you do your job representing people, that people will be there to support you."
o On organizing efforts at foreign transplants, "We're not going to give up on organizing. In fact, actually we have more organizing going on right now than we've had for a long time — but we're going to approach it in a different way.” Williams cited parts companies, the gaming industry and higher education as potential areas for new members. "The UAW has a great opportunity to grow," he said.

Official Flu Shot Lottery Entry Form
Flu shots are for regular active hourly and salaried employees. Please fill out the form below and place it in one of the Suggestions boxes located at the entrances no later than Oct. 20. Please enter only once. Lottery winners will be notified by their department advisors/supervisors. Shots will be given in the Medical Department.
PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY

NAME________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT NAME/NUMBER_________________________________________
GMIN_________________________________________________________________
SHIFT ________________________________________________________________
PLEASE CHECK ONE: Salaried Employee ( ) OR Hourly Employee ( )

Tom Brune
UAW Communications Coordinator
Wentzville Assembly
636-327-2119

Monday, October 13, 2014

State of the Union October 13, 2014

October 13, 2014 online at www.uawlocal2250.com

• Beginning today and running through Monday, Oct. 20, you can submit an entry for the flu shot lottery (form located on back). Please fill out the form entirely and drop it in one of the Suggestion boxes locate at the entrances. The plan is to create a schedule from the entries and begin giving out flu shots as soon as possible. We have 450 shots available, so that number of entries will be drawn in the lottery.
• If you have questions about the Apprentice Program, the Apprentice Committee will be at the Union meetings this week to answer any questions. Meeting times are 15 minutes after the longest 2nd shift line time from Tuesday, and Wednesday at 7:15 am, 1 pm and 15 minutes after the longest 1st shift line time
• National Diversity Day is this Wednesday, Oct. 15. Anyone interested in donating items for a 1-day display (German, French, Italian and Native American) can see Denise Black – 1st shift quality at 89 repair – or Larry Mosby on 2nd shift frame line.
• The Community Services Committee is holding a raffle to support the annual Adopt-A-Child Program. Prizes are a $200 Ameristar Gift Card, a $100 Bear Creek golf club gift card and a $50 gas card. Tickets are $5 apiece or 3 for $10 and can be purchased from any committee member.
• You may recall that van sales for September showed another healthy gain year over year. Once again we topped Ford in van sales, the 4th month in a row. Here’s how the rest of the players did:
  2014 2013 Change Share
GM 7544 6055 +24.6% 39.7%
Ford Econoline 5549 8925 -37.8% 29.2%
Mercedes Sprinter 2208 2152 +2.6% 11.6%
Ram Promaster 1408 ---- ---- 7.4%
Ford Transit 1225 ---- ---- 6.4%
Nissan NV 1061 945 +12.3% 5.6%
Ford Transit connect 4132 3188 +29.6% ----
Nissan NV200 1040 475 +119% ----

• Looking at van field supplies, overall net field stock was virtually the same, going up only 27 units. As measured in days, the supply stands at 44, compared to 31 days supply at the end of August. Within those numbers, Chevy passenger vans dropped to only 566 units, a 13 day supply, while GMC cargo vans increased by 400 units. All other categories were basically flat. Looking at pickup sales, there were actually 47 deliveries of the Colorado/Canyon last month. Toyota sold 11,993 Tacomas, up 4.5% while Nissan sold 6853 Frontiers, up 47%. Both Toyota and Nissan have been more aggressive with incentives lately as we launch the pickups, and their increased sales reflect that.
• National Right to Work advocates are angered over “scab lists” that have been published both at UAW Local 31 (Fairfax, Kansas) and UAW Local 1853 (Spring Hill, Tennessee). Local 31 lists non-dues paying members on its website while a list was distributed at the Spring Hill plant, according to the Washington Free Beacon. “The following individuals are NON-dues paying workers. They have chosen to STOP paying Union Dues and still reap the rewards of your negotiated benefits,” the Tennessee “Scab Report” said. “If you work near one of these people listed please explain the importance of Solidarity and the power of collective bargaining.” Tennessee union President Tim Stannard contended that the list was meant to encourage dialogue between union members and their non-union colleagues.

Official Flu Shot Lottery Entry Form
Flu shots are for regular active hourly and salaried employees. Please fill out the form below and place it in one of the Suggestions boxes located at the entrances. Please enter only once. Lottery winners will be notified by their department advisors/supervisors. Shots will be given in the Medical Department.
PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY
NAME_________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT NAME/NUMBER_________________________________________
GMIN_________________________________________________________________
SHIFT ________________________________________________________________
PLEASE CHECK ONE: Salaried Employee ( ) OR Hourly Employee ( )

Tom Brune
UAW Communications Coordinator
Wentzville Assembly
636-327-2119

Friday, October 3, 2014

State of the Union October 2, 2014

October 2, 2014 online at www.uawlocal2250.com

SPECIAL EDITION


FROM CHAIRMAN MIKE BULLOCK:

I am proud to announce the start of the process to indenture apprentices at Wentzville Assembly center. Wentzville will be the pilot location for the return of the apprenticeship program at GM manufacturing.
The process is governed by Federal and State law and by the UAW/GM 2011 contract. It consists of 6 separate parts.
1) ANNOUNCEMENT: A posting at all the entrances and in Personnel for 30 days that GM/UAW will be accepting “requests for information” of an apprentice program opportunity. The dates for accepting the request are in the first posting. This posting will also be sent to the outreach locations listed below in the St. Louis area for non-seniority, non-GM candidates.
2) REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: For seniority employees, including anyone who will have attained their 90 days by December 19, 2014, requests will be available at the entrances starting November 3, 2014 and will be received through November 26, 2014. There will be drop boxes at the entrances for GM/UAW seniority employees. For non-seniority/non-GM employees, requests will be available at the below listed outreach locations or the entrances and received from November 3 through November 14, 2014 by mail.
3) ORIENTATION: For all UAW/GM seniority employees and for the 100 non-seniority/ non-GM candidates selected by DDI who requested information, you will be sent a notice of an orientation session that will tentatively be between December 16-19, 2014. You must attend the orientation session on the date and time you are scheduled for. If you miss this orientation session you will have to start the process over again from the beginning. At the orientation session you will be given your testing date and time, tentatively in January 2015. Also at the orientation session you will be given the web address and password of a website that will give you further information on the apprentice program and a study guide on taking the test. This web address and password will only be accessible after you attend the orientation and your password will only be available a limited time.
4) TESTING: The testing will be conducted by DDI. No one, but DDI, has access to the test, will have seen the test or have your test scores. The test consists of two parts: “reading prints and drawings” and “work judgement, style and experience”.
5) INTERVIEW: Interviews are rigidly structured like the test. All interview questions are basically the same although some may be trade specific.
6) SELECTION: Your name will be placed on a selection list using you total score from testing and interviews as a ranking.

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE

The GM/UAW Wentzville Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Program
Non-Seniority /.Non-GM Employees -
OPENS: NOVEMBER 3, 2014 CLOSES: NOVEMBER 14, 2014

For Seniority Employees -
OPENS: NOVEMBER 3, 2014 CLOSES: NOVEMBER 26, 2014
WHAT IS THE APPRENTICESHIP PROCESS?

Skilled tradespeople at General Motors are highly trained men and women who build, operate and maintain our complex machinery and plant facilities. They use precision tools, instruments, and state-of-the-art methods to produce quality products. Skilled tradespeople are vital members of the movement toward high technology in industry today. Their jobs require a wide range of knowledge, as well as maturity and independence of judgment.

The GM/UAW Wentzville skilled trades include occupations such as; Diemaker, Electrician, Millwright, Machine Repair, Pipefitter, Stationary Engineer, and Toolmaker. Each trade is unique and important to the overall success of our operation and can be achieved by completing the Apprenticeship for the trade desired. To complete the apprenticeship requires 4 years of On the Job Training totaling (7328) hours plus College Related Classroom Courses totaling (576) hours. Courses Consist of: Math, Science, Shop, Drawing (Blueprint) & Safety.

Development Dimensions International (DDI) plays a key role in assisting local plants with the actions of the Request for Information, Orientation Session, Testing Session and Interviewing guidelines to ensure the efficiency, fairness and effectiveness of the Apprenticeship Program.

The apprenticeship process differs between GM/UAW Seniority Employees and Non-Seniority/Non-GM Employees.

Request for Apprenticeship Information: Seniority Employees fill out a Request for Apprenticeship Information (RFI) to receive an invitation to an Orientation Session and are guaranteed the opportunity to test.

Non-Seniority /.Non-GM Employees must follow the instructions found on an Information Request Envelope (IRE) sheet to receive information about the GM-UAW Wentzville Standard Apprentice Plan for Skilled Trades and qualify for the first random selection process of 250 (IREs). Non-Seniority / Non-GM Employees are subject to a second random selection process of up to one hundred, selected by DDI and then they will receive an invitation to an Orientation Session.

Orientation Session: It is very important that you attend the Orientation Session. If you fail to attend the Orientation session you will have to re-apply. At the Orientation Session, a presentation about the apprenticeship program is shown and time is provided for questions. Applicants are also given a testing date and time.

Testing: The apprentice test is divided into two sections. First is the Reading Prints and Drawings.” It will ask you to use drawings and charts to solve math problems much like apprentices use each day. The second part is the “Work Judgment, Style and Experience” and will ask you questions about your reactions to common work situations and your prior experiences in actual work situations. The maximum points you can receive for testing is 36. Your test score is what qualifies you for an interview.

Interview: The interview is rigidly structured like the test. All applicants are asked the same basic questions, although trade-specific questions may vary. The maximum points you can receive for interviewing is 21.

Selection: After the interview, your name will be placed on a selection list using your total score as ranking.
You will stay on that list for ten years or until placed into the apprenticeship program. If you have a change of address, you must contact us so that we can update your contact information.
General Motors LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer (E.O.E.)

Tom Brune
UAW Communications Coordinator
Wentzville Assembly
636-327-2119

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

State of the Union September 24, 2014

September 24, 2014 online at www.uawlocal2250.com

• From the Veteran’s Committee: The 9th Annual SOS (Support our Soldiers) Poker Run is this Saturday, Sept. 27. Registration at the Union Hall begins at 10 am with last bike out by noon. Cost is $10 per bike/cage and $5 for each extra hand. All bikes and cages welcome. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Ride ends at the Tatooed Lady in Moscow Mills. Last bike in at 7 pm. Ride will be approximately 90 miles. Proceeds benefit Operation H.E.R.O.E.S. Care. If you have any questions contact Steve Melson at 636-262-1234.

• Also: There will be a Gate Drive this Thursday, Sept. 25 before the shifts to benefit H.E.R.O.E.S. Care.

• There will be a Blood Drive at the plant Wednesday, October 1. Signups will be taken Wed. September 24 and Thur. September 25 in the cafeteria.

• The third United Way drawing will be held Thursday, Sept. 25 on first shift in the cafeteria at lunch time. You can qualify by either signing up as a new donor, increasing your donation, or changing the designation for your donations to this area. Prizes will be a Black and Decker drill and a Mega Kitchen System. Go to the Socrates home page (google “my Socrates” and click on the first result to log in) and use the United Way link to sign up or change your profile.

• The nominees for the North American Truck of the Year were announced yesterday. Both the Colorado and Canyon made the short list. The other competitors are: Audi Q3, Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford F-150, Lexus NX, Lincoln MKC, Mercedes-Benz GLA class, Nissan Murano, Porsche Macan, Subaru Outback and Toyota Highlander.

• Forbes did an article revealing which 2015 vehicles they recommended avoiding. Among them was the pseudo pickup otherwise known as the Honda Ridgeline. Said Forbes: “Not so much a pickup truck as a midsize crossover SUV with an open cargo hold; rendered irrelevant by the new Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups.”

• First drive reviews of the Colorado and Canyon are starting to appear. We intend to cover every one of them for you. We’ll start with the Edmunds review. Here’s some of what they had to say about the Canyon (read the full review)

o No one will miss the outgoing 185-horsepower 2.9-liter four-cylinder base engine. Its 2.5-liter replacement makes 200 hp and delivers 90 percent of its peak torque at just 2,000 rpm. Better still, the unloved 3.7-liter five-cylinder that made 242 hp and a like amount of torque is stepping aside in favor of a smooth-running 3.6-liter V6 that makes 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque.
o Like the Chevrolet Colorado, the Canyon's 3.6-liter V6 comes to life with little fanfare, and it settles into a calm idle that's accompanied by a tiny amount of mechanical engine sound.
o There's plenty of grunt when we roll gently onto the gas, and it pulls strongly when we press harder. The six-speed automatic is smooth and sure as it goes up through the gears, and there isn't much wind or road noise as we settle in at 70 mph.
o The steering has enough heft and on-center definition to make straight-ahead cruising a relaxing pursuit, and it turns in accurately when corners enter the mix. The response is a little slower than we'd like, but not by much. There's less overall body roll than the last Tacoma we drove, and it leans in more gradually. We could easily spend all day behind the wheel of one of these. It's clearly better than the Canyon of old, and it feels more grown up than the competition.
o GM engineers have found the Goldilocks zone. The ride is neither too hard over bumps, nor too floaty and bouncy when the pavement gets wavy. Yes, a lone occupant hauling nothing but Grade-A air might notice a little firmness, but that's par for the course when it comes to an empty pickup. Mostly, the Canyon shrugs off bumps and potholes with little aftertaste. The stiffness of the underlying structure is clearly helping the suspension do its job more effectively. The attractive bucket seats offer good support, and they certainly take the edge off coarser road inputs.
o The cab of the new Canyon is simply a nice place to be. It feels much more up to date and manages to translate the feel and atmosphere of GMC's full-size Sierra 1500 to a smaller package. GMC's 8-inch IntelliLink screen occupies a prominent and easy-to-reach spot in the middle of the dash, and the buttons and knobs that control it are clearly separated from the climate control array that sits a respectful distance below. Convincing stainless-steel accents set the whole thing off nicely.
Though it doesn't necessarily look it from the outside, the backseat of the crew cab offers a smidge over 2 inches more legroom than a Nissan Frontier and just over 3 inches more than a Toyota Tacoma.
o All V6-powered Canyons come with a 3.42-to-1 final drive ratio. There are no optional choices, so the same truck that can tow the maximum of 7,000 pounds can also achieve the rated fuel economy when empty. If only full-size tow ratings were this simple. A 2015 Toyota Tacoma can tow 6,500 pounds. Aside from the V6 engine, the only options necessary to achieve the max are the locking rear differential and the Z82 Trailering package (hitch and integrated seven-pin wiring). On paper there's ample power and torque, and the V6 engine comes with a Tow/Haul mode switch that has proven to be very effective in past towing tests with other six-speed-equipped GM trucks. We're pretty confident that we'll like what we see when we take a Canyon to our favorite test grade.
o The bed looks good, primarily because it's so deep: 2 more inches, according to GM. A long tailgate makes for a longer platform length when it's folded down, which is how 8-foot lumber can fit in the 6-foot 2-inch bed without hanging over.
o This Canyon has enough capability for all but the most demanding tasks of the average truck owner. It's also easier to park, gets better mileage and is more likely to fit neatly into your garage than the full-size GMC Sierra.

Tom Brune
UAW Communications Coordinator
Wentzville Assembly
636-327-2119