To add insult to injury a Delphi equivalent of the CUCHCB was created in 1999 and in 2003 was renamed the Joint Committee on Health Benefits or the "JCHB’, and it also receives revenue of $1 million a year. Again, one-half of the money from the Joint Funds.
That’s right folks, the UAW GM Delphi joint funds! When the Delphi spin-off happened guess what did not happen? GM did not give Delphi workers their share of the accumulated joint funds. That would have required financial disclosure of the joint funds, and let heaven forbid that to happen! For over five years, a small but tenacious group of us has been trying to see the annual audits of all the Big Three joint funds. But, the Cooperation Partner have moved heaven and earth, even in the face of the U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and her Department of Employment Standard Administration ESA, to keep the joint funds audits a secret! Where was the Government? Why did they simply let GM place a Delphi management person on the National Joint Activities Committee rather than give the workers of Delphi their share of the joint funds accrued since 1985?
According to a GM report filed in the 2000 CHR publication "Millennium," GM spent over $3 Billion Dollars and if we add, what they have reported in the 990 tax forms of the CHR up to today, they have spent nearly 4.2 billion dollars earned generated and earned by people working on the shop floor.
What did your $4 billion plus get "you: as a UAW Member
Nothing, but a Center for Human Resources, and to name a few others, Quality Network, speed up of work, relaxed safety rules, a compromised grievance procedure, fewer jobs in your plants and in the industry, more and more concessions and as of recently, a new form of concessions being forced upon GM UAW retirees! Wouldn’t it be interesting to have GM and Delphi post a company wide roster in alphabetical order, then start form the first person in the "A"s and go down the line asking each person the following questions. How much joint money has been spent on you from joint funds that you know of? What event or program directly improved your quality or work or working conditions that you know of? Be sure to exclude the Tuition Assistance Plan. TAP money comes from another fund and is recorded as a Fringe Benefit Plan Not a Welfare Benefits Plan and is not as Joint money with the Federal government, that’s why recipients of TAP have to pay taxes on the money! The number of people answering "NONE" to those two questions should out weigh the others by one hundred to one, maybe even greater.
I believe warning lights should be going off in your minds by now! For based on the information above some very important questions should be raised by GM/Delphi-UAW employees. Even GM and Delphi white-collar employees, auto industry analyst, reporters and stockholders should be scrambling to the next stockholders meeting demanding answers to the following questions from Rick Wagoner and Steve Miller. However, before anyone ask one question, they need to reiterate that from 1984 to now GM spent over $4 billion dollars in the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources for the purposes to improve product quality and help the corporation to COMPETE in the Global market place (Article II of the 1023 Forms, Article of Incorporation filed with the IRS). Here it is twenty years later and GM continues to lose market share every single year. What is more, is the number of recalls, (in 2004GM recalled 10.4 million vehicles, that was more than they made), high warranty cost (this is a corporate secret), and an average incentive in 2005 of over $3,500.00 per vehicle, while the Cooperation Partners say your health-care cost $1,500 a vehicle. (Do you know vehicles have healthcare?) On January 27, 2006, Rick Wagoner reported that GM lost $8.6 Billion in 2005, which translates into $15.13 a share, and that GM’s market share fell to its lowest level since 1925. One has to ask.
Just what are the results of your contribution of over $4 billion dollars to make GM competitive? They, not YOU, they the UAW/GM "Cooperation Partners" managed to lose $8.6 billion in 2006, and still counting. Just for your interest and to refresh your memories, are the other charitable contributions You made to make GM Globally competitive, and to underwrite criminal mismanagement for the past two decades. They were nine paid personal holidays in 1985, COLA diversions every year since 1964 to offset YOUR BENEFITS COST and lump sum payments instead of annual improvement raises. Please keep in mind; this is money you are not getting. This is money, like the $1.00 and hour in wages and 17 cents in COLA diversions UAW Members just voted to give up, will be money you will never see for the rest of your lives!
Then we need to ask, what exactly did the $4.2 billion dollar joint programs accomplish for GM/Delphi, even its stockholders? What was the rate of return on that money? Where did it go? BUT MOST importantly, why won’t