In this episode of Two Steps Forward, One Step Back , the CAW’s Dino Chiodo, chairman of the union’s master bargaining committee for Chrysler and the President of Local 444 in Windsor, appeared to shut the door on a UAW-style two-tier wage structure for new hires.
Chiodo told the CBC
“The company needs to recognize and realize that we are not taking concessions and we will not be going backwards in this round of bargaining…There is no two-tier structure that we’re interested in entertaining whatsoever at this point. It’s just something that’s against our principles.”
While a temporary two-tier structure was something that has been discussed, the comments are particularly pertinent in light of Sergio Marchionne’s frequent comments in the media regarding his desire to bring labor costs down, and his stated willingness to move production out of Windsor and into plants in the United States and other locales.
Of course, given Marchionne’s rhetoric, it’s not unreasonable to expect that the big dogs at the CAW will fire off some of their own comments as well.