GM Unit Communication Report


August 9, 2017


The Company has informed the Union they will be rolling out a new Employee Self Service (ESS) Portal where all hourly employees will begin receiving their pay stubs electronically starting September 14, 2017. You are automatically “opted in” to this system. If you do not wish to receive your pay stubs electronically, then you must opt out by completing and submitting the “Opt Out Request Form” between now and August 29th. The Group Leaders have been told by the Company they are not to be printed and handed out unless a form is specifically asked for by an hourly employee. If your “Opt Out Request Form” isn’t received by CHQ payroll by end of the day on August 29th then you will automatically start receiving your pay stubs electronically starting September 14th. We suggest if you opt out, you make a photocopy of your “Opt Out Request Form” before handing it in to your Group Leader.

Forms are also available on the Employee page of the GM St. Catharines website: Completed forms must be sent via interoffice mail to mail code CA1-020-001 or by email to Compensation Activity at – Group Leaders know that they are responsible for mailing in any of their team members’ forms by the deadline.

All hourly employees will be receiving a package in the mail at some point this week or early next week with complete details about this initiative, FAQs and instructions.


New Hire Assemblers will receive a wage increase to $22.12 on September 26th.


The Company has informed the Local Leadership that there will not be any additional layoffs in the foreseeable future as customer requirements are increasing. As stated in a previous communication, the Company is using excess inventory to cover the projected volume increases in the 3rd quarter to reduce the inventory.


Information from General Motors The Local Leadership is continuing to work on a plan to find more volume for the GF6. Successful Cami bargaining could see a return of the 3rd shift. GM continues to state that a shift reduction is “temporary” with the 3rd shift returning at an unspecified later date.


Information from General Motors. The company re-affirmed that the GEN V is in good shape and schedules remain strong into the foreseeable future. The new work in the GEN V continues to be on track.

Issued by,
Tim McKinnon, GM Unit Chairperson
On behalf of the Bargaining Committee
Brian Chemnitz, Paul Dortono, Doug Wark, Trevor Longpre, John Rakich

UNIFOR Local 199