American Axle's CEO Dick Dauch Paid $7M in 2007
It's been almost a month since the United Auto Workers (UAW) went on strike against American Axle (AA). The news that American Axle CEO Dick Dauch's pay package totaled over $7 million last year (not including estimated value of stock option grants or projected pension values) won't help management's negotiating position one whit. The Detroit Free Press reports that Dauch's '07 compensation included $5.6m in stock awards (more than double what he received in 2006) plus a $1.47m base salary, up 9.6 percent from 2006. "How can you expect us to keep giving when they just keep getting more?" UAW member Harry Jemkort asked. "It's just throwing another log on the fire for us to say we'll stay out here, we're going to fight." Yes, well, keep in mind that Dauch's $7m package represents a 9.2 percent cut from his '06 compensation (which included a $3.9m cash bonus). Unless you figure in what he might get from stock options, assuming the UAW workers settle or AA goes south of the border.