UAW, Ford, GM, FCA Legal Services Plan Takes Effect

The UAW successfully negotiated into collective bargaining agreements with Ford, GM, and FCA (Fiat Chrysler) a Legal Services Plan that commences today. According to a press release: “I am pleased to announce that UAW members will be able to participate in this benefit starting next Wednesday, and I would like to commend vice presidents Jimmy Settles, Cindy Estrada, and Norwood Jewell, and our national negotiating teams for their hard work at the bargaining table to bring the Legal Services Plan back,” said UAW President Dennis Williams.

The Legal Services Plan will offer a variety of office legal services such as wills and trusts, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, powers of attorney, uncontested family matters, contracts for goods and services, name changes, credit reporting, residential leases, purchase or sale and other uncontested issues regarding residential real estate property.

I expect UAW staff representatives to ask for similar legal plans throughout the country when bargaining new union contracts in 2017.

Matt Austin who owns Austin Legal, LLC, a boutique law firm based in Ohio that limits its representation to employers dealing with labor, employment, and OSHA matters. You can call Matt at (614) 285-5342 or email him at