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Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
The new contract that the United Auto Workers (UAW) secured in recent talks with GM goes beyond the gains made by the union in negotiations with FCA US (Chrysler). The Detroit Free Press reports that in addition to the gains made by the UAW in the recent talks with FCA, GM workers also get double the signing bonuses that FCA workers do ($8,000). Other highlights include the restoration of double time on Sundays, and the elimination of the two-tiered wage system. Workers can now get to $29 per hour in eight years. Workers with just three or more years of service will reach the $29 mark by the end of this new contract, the equivalent of $60,000 per year before bonuses, profit sharing and overtime. Workers at GM since 2007 will receive a raise of 3 percent in the first and third year of this new contract and 4% in the second and fourth year. Each worker will receive a $500 quality bonus in November of each year of the contract
Retirees will also benefit. A pool of about 4,00 GM workers set to retire this February through May 2016 will get a $60,000 bonus (not a typo). All retires also now get a $500 gift card from GM. Profit sharing, health care and legal services remain at or above prior levels. The contract also includes 3,000 new jobs at 12 U.S. plants.
Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
As the UAW and General Motors negotiate hard to find a contract solution both parties can live with, we'd like to ask the GM-Trucks.com readership if they have a firm position now. Who do you support? This writer grew up in a union neighborhood, in a dual-income half-union household. Dad was a union welder, mom worked in retail and was not in a union. Paid union dues himself for a short time (UPS), and watched as those good-paying, blue-collar manufacturing jobs (at General Electric in Lynn Mass.) shrank, and eventually went away. These issues affect many families. Where do you stand?
- If you want some background on the contract that has just expired, click here.
- If you want updated profit sharing info, click here.
- Want to know how much the CEO of GM makes? Click here.
Test your knowledge:
- Which two industries have the highest-paid union members?
- Name the last American President who was a (non-government) union member and his party.
- Name the last (non-government) union-member American President who preceded that president and his party. (Hint, he was actually also a union president).
An example of the Streisand Effect - Beyonce used lawyers and threats attempting to remove this image from the internet. Instead, everyone saw it.
Executive Editor & Publisher - GM-Trucks.com
February 4th, 2019
Has General Motors ever heard of the Streisand Effect? Apparently not. The company sent a cease and desist letter to Unifor Canada (Candadan Automotive Union) demanding that they do not run their scheduled advertisement during the Super Bowl in Canada. Unifor ran it anyways. What commercial could be so bad that GM's lawyers would demand that it not be run?
OHHHH. That kind of commercial. Looks like Canadians are PISSED and we don't blame them. GM as a company has moved to cut so many jobs, factories, and experienced personal in the last few years it's only natural there would be backlash.
But if GM wouldn't have made such a big deal about trying to squash the ad most of the world probably wouldn't have even seen or heard about it. Maybe if GM hadn't trimmed their workforce so much, they'd have experienced lawyers that would have advised them this was a bad idea.
My wife's 2010 Equinox has started having a gas smell when she fills up. It only smells when the tank is full. After she drives it for a day and burns a little of it off, the smell is gone. Smells like it is coming from the rear driver side. Doesn't smell around the fuel filler on the passenger side. Any ideas what might be causing it? Evap canister maybe? It's not hard to put gas in, my Silverado is actually worse to fill up than this thing.
Executive Editor, GM-Trucks.com
Just one year past its introduction as an all new model, the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox small crossover is getting some changes. Infotainment and safety systems features updates lead this long list of upgrades.
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Here's what's new for the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox.
2018 Options That Have Been Retired
(UVH) Surround Vision (replaced with [UV2] HD Surround Vision) (IOB) 7" diagonal color touch-screen with Chevrolet MyLink (replaced with [IOR] 7" diagonal color touchscreen with Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system) (IO5) 8" diagonal color touch-screen with Chevrolet MyLink (replaced with [IOS] 8" diagonal HD color touchscreen with Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system) (IO6) 8" diagonal color touch-screen with Navigation and Chevrolet MyLink Radio (replaced with [IOT] 8" diagonal color HD touchscreen with Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium system with connected Navigation) (RVZ) 16" spare wheel [replaced with [SJF] 16" spare wheel) (USR) USB port (replaced with [UST] 2 USB ports) (KPA) Second row auxiliary 12-volt power outlet (PDC) LPO, Protection Package
New Features, Colors & Options for 2019
1XR26 FWD 2FL and 1XY26 AWD 2FL equipment groups (WFP) Lights and Bright Package, includes (RT7) 19" Bright machined wheels with Sparkle Silver pockets, (RR0) 19" all-season blackwall tires, (T4L) LED headlamps, (UGE) LED tail lamps, (V22) Chrome grille surround and (VXW) molded assist steps, LPO (available on 1LT equipment groups) (BN2) Fleet Safety Package, includes (UHY) Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, (UKJ) Front Pedestrian Braking, (UHX) Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, (UE4) Following Distance Indicator, (UEU) Forward Collison Alert, (N34) leather-wrapped steering wheel and (TQ5) Intellibeam headlamps (standard on 2FL equipment groups) Exterior color (G6O) Pacific Blue Metallic Exterior color (GD1) Kinetic Blue Metallic (IOR) Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with 7" diagonal color touchscreen (IOS) Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system with 8" diagonal HD color touchscreen (IOU) Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system with connected Navigation and 8" diagonal HD color touchscreen (IOT) Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium system with connected Navigation and 8" diagonal HD color touchscreen (MCR) USB data ports, 2, includes SD Card Reader, auxiliary input jack, located within front center storage bin (UV2) HD Surround Vision (UVB) HD Rear Vision Camera (KSG) Adaptive Cruise Control, full-speed with Stop/Go (UKJ) Front Pedestrian Braking (SJF) 16" spare wheel (PDZ) LPO, Interior Enhancement Package, includes (VYW) premium carpeted floor mats, LPO and (S03) embroidered front row headrests, LPO
Small Changes In Trim & Packaging for 2019
(PCP) Confidence & Convenience Package is now an available option on 2LT AWD and 3LT FWD and AWD (was standard in 2018MY) (PCV) Confidence & Convenience II Package is now available on 1LZ and 2LZ AWD (was standard in 2018MY) (BGP) Driver Confidence II Package contains new content. Package now includes (UHY) Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, (UEU) Forward Collision Alert, (UHX) Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, (UE4) Following Distance Indicator, Safety Alert Seat, (UV2) HD Surround Vision, (KSG) Adaptive Cruise Control, (UKJ) Front Pedestrian Braking and (TQ5) IntelliBeam (WPZ) Infotainment Package contains new content. Package now includes (IOU) Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system with connected Navigation and 8" diagonal HD color touchscreen, (UVB) HD Rear Vision Camera, (MCZ) 2 USB ports, located in front console bin, (MCR) 2 USB data ports, includes SD Card Reader, auxiliary input jack, located within front center storage bin and (KI6) 120-volt power outlet (Y3W) Infotainment II Package now contains (IOT) Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium system with connected Navigation and 8" diagonal HD color touchscreen (replaces [IO6] 8" diagonal color touch-screen with Navigation and Chevrolet MyLink) (ZQ2) Driver Convenience Package now includes (VY7) leather-wrapped shift lever on all 1LT models and 2LT FWD model (PCI) Sun & Infotainment Package will now be called "Sun & Navigation Package" (KI2) Urethane shift lever is now standard on both 1LT models and 2LT FWD (replaces [VY7) leather-wrapped shift lever, which is now part of [ZQ2] Driver Convenience Package) (BTV) Remote Start is now available on 1LS with a Fleet or Government order type. (UVC) Rear Vision Camera is no longer standard on Premier (replaced with [UVB] HD Rear Vision Camera) (UDC) monochromatic driver instrument information is no longer standard on LT models (replaced with [UDD] multi-color driver instrument information) (USS) Dual USB charging-only ports are now standard on all models (was part of [WPZ] Infotainment Package on LT models and was not available on L or LS in 2018MY) (UST) Dual USB ports are now standard on L, LS and LT models (was part of [WPZ] Infotainment Package on LT models in 2018MY) and are no longer standard on Premier models (VK8) Overhead sunglass storage is no longer standard on L or LS models (PDV) LPO, Chrome Package is no longer available on FWD Premier (PDG) LPO, Cargo Package no longer includes (CAV) LPO, integrated cargo liner ([CAV] remains part of [PEF] LPO, Floor Liner Package) (VAV) All-weather floor mats, LPO is no longer available as a free flow option (only part of [PDH] Interior Protection Package, LPO) (VYW) Premium carpeted floor mats, LPO is no longer available as a free flow option (only part of [PDZ] Interior Enhancement Package, LPO) (RIA) All-weather floor liners, LPO is no longer available as a free flow option (only part of [PEF] Floor Liner Package, LPO)
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