The UAW Legal Services Plan is the largest pre-paid legal services program in the country.
Plan staff attorneys are represented by AFSCME and support staff are represented by OPEIU.

 



The Plan

UAW Legal Services Plan (the Plan) was a program established and operated for the sole purpose of providing personal legal services to eligible Participants for legal problems arising out of the laws in the United States or Canada. The old Plan has not been able to open new cases for members since December 31, 2013, however, it will complete those cases open on or before that date. NOTE: IF YOUR LOCAL OFFICE HAS CLOSED, YOU CAN CONTACT THE NATIONAL OFFICE IN DETROIT WITH QUESTIONS: 800-482-7700 The new Legal Services Plan, UAW-FCA-Ford-General Motors Legal Services Plan, is a Taft Hartley Plan created for the purpose of providing office legal work and referral services to certain UAW members. It opened on January 25, 2017.

General Questions About the Plan 
Who is covered under the Plan?
Approximately 600,000 persons, that are represented by the UAW and are Active workers, Retirees, or Surviving Spouses of:

      FCA
      Ford
      General Motors
      UAW employees

How is the Plan financed?
Plan benefits and administrative expenses are paid by FCA, Ford, GM, and UAW. The amount contributed by the companies is established through collective bargaining.

Who Operates the Plan?
The old Plan is operated under the authority of the Administrative Committees of each separate organization. The Committee consists of three persons appointed by the Company and three persons appointed by the Union and a Chair selected by both. The Committee has selected a Director who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Plan. The new Plan is operated under the authority of one Board consisting of 12 persons -- 6 UAW appointed members, 2 appointed by FCA, 2 appointed by Ford and 2 by GM.

Who is eligible for Plan benefits?
Eligible participants include:

Employees. Individuals who have 90 days of seniority and who are members of the bargaining unit. Eligibility ends if you have been continuously laid off for more than 24 months.

Retirees: Individuals who were hourly workers represented by the Union and who worked for one of the listed companies and retired with a UAW-Company Pension plan. Persons receiving deferred pension plans are not eligible.

Surviving spouses: Spouses receiving surviving spouse benefits under the Pension of Insurance Plans.


What benefits are offered to Plan Participants?
The benefits are different under the old and new Plans.   Under the new Plan, "office work" legal services are provided for a variety of legal matters such as Wills, Powers of Attorneys, Name changes, Real estate purchases or sales for residential real estate matters, uncontested family matters, credit reporting and questions regarding consumer contacts.   If a matter is not excluded and if it is not entitled to an Office Work benefit, then usually a low cost referral to a private attorney can be provided to the eligible member.

What matters are entitled to fully covered legal services?
  • Suspension or termination of Social Security disability benefits are entitled to full services for Active Workers and Retirees;

What matters are entitled to the ‘Office Work’ benefit?
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Name Changes;
  • Birth and Marriage certificate;
  • Uncontested family matters;
  • Office work assistance on residential real estate matters;
  • Deeds;
  • Leases;
  • credit reporting;
  • Consumer contracts;
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What benefits can be provided as part of the Office Work benefit
Examples include:
  • Preparation of legal documents
  • Legal research
  • Factual evaluations;
  • Document review;
  • Telephone calls;
  • Correspondence;
  • Self-help counseling if appropriate.

Are there exclusions from Plan benefits?
Yes. Examples include:
  • Legal services associated with a Participant’s business or rental property;
  • Legal services that are against the member’s employer, or the employer's subsidiaries, dealers or officers or agents;
  • Legal services that are against the Union, its subordinates affiliated bodies, officers, or agents;
  • Fines and penalties;
  • Non-legal costs attendant with the sale or purchase of real estate;
  • Representation of a lender in a real estate matter;
  • Workers compensation or Unemployment benefits involving the member’s employer;
  • Any dispute involving the Plan;
  • Any bankruptcy that would result in a discharge of a debt to the Member’s employer, to the Union or any benefits;

How do I obtain legal services?
If you are the Member and believe that you are an eligible participant of a legal Plan and if you have a legal problem, you should contact the Legal Services Plan by calling:   1-800-482-7700.   When you contact the office, you will be asked for the Member's name and social security number and eligibility will be verified.   The member is the active worker or retiree.   Once eligibility is verified, a case will be opened for you and you will be informed of the coverage level.   If you live in a state where the Plan has a staff office and if the matter is entitled to Office Work services, your case will be assigned to a Plan staff attorney and you will have an opportunity to talk to that attorney.   If you do not live in a state where the Plan has a staff office, then you will be provided with a referral to a Cooperating Attorney.

 
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