Autoworkers Demand Tripled Pay
The Big 2.8 should consider themselves lucky in their current UAW negotiations if the union just wants keep what they have and not give anything back. The Moscow Times [sub] reports that workers at the AvtoVAZ assembly plant in Togliattigrad, Russia are demanding a pay increase that equals three times their current salaries. Five thousand of the 110k workers at the plant are threatening to strike if they don't get a pay increase of 25K rubles (about $980) per worker. The Times suggests that a strike of that size could effectively shut down the plant which produces, among other things, GM joint venture vehicles. No word yet on whether the UAW plans a show of solidarity in support of their comrades.