Unemployment Help & FAQ's

Unemployment Insurance is a government social safety net that has helped millions of Americans during its existence.  In Michigan, it is administered by the UIA under the direction of The Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.  Being that this program is administered by the government and not a contractually bargained benefit, UAW benefit representatives cannot affect issues with unemployment.  The Lansing area does share a part-time workers comp/unemployment representative with four other Locals, who can assist with some issues.  All Michiganders who file a claim, or have a claim filed for them by their employer receive an informational booklet from the UIA.  This information should be filed away for future reference.  The UIA's website has digital versions of this information, and they also have very helpful YouTube videos on the UIA channel.

While the Unemployment process can occasionally run into some snags, for many members the process works well.  For our GM Unit members, the fact that the company files the claim on your behalf is even more helpful.  As citizens of this State, if you feel there are serious issues with the UIA's system or simply room for improvement, we certainly encourage you to become civically engaged.  You can do this by speaking with a UIA supervisor, and by contacting your elected officials in Michigan.

The UIA YouTube channel is HERE

Find the UIA handbook HERE

Find the MiWAM claimant toolkit HERE 

GM Unit Info Guide HERE