Two-Tier Wage System Targeted For 2015 UAW Negotiations
2015 is only 15 days away, which means new contract negotiations between the Detroit Three and the United Auto Workers are coming, the main focus being the elimination the two-tier wage system implemented in 2007.
The Detroit News reports the UAW’s hourly members are calling for the abolition of the system, which has done nothing but “cause a divide” up and down the roll “on both sides of the aisle,” per Local 2209 president Brian Hartman.
There may be trouble within, however, as Tier 2 employees receive bonuses and profit-sharing checks in lieu of being on parity with Tier 1 workers. The former may not be so willing to see lowered or disappeared bonuses just to level up to those making more, while the latter would like to not only see the system die, but to gain a raise in pay — including the restoration of holiday and cost-of-living adjustment payments — in so doing.
Other issues on the table for 2015 include securing overtime pay after eight hours per day — instead of overtime after 40 hours per week — ensuring all employees receive a defined pension scheme, and hiring temporary employees for permanent positions after 90 days.
The environment for the negotiations will be different compared to those held since 2007: UAW workers at General Motors and Chrysler Group will be able to strike for the first time since 2011, while non-union employees now have the right to remain as such via Michigan’s right-to-work law. UAW president Dennis Williams hasn’t focused too much on the right-to-work situation, believing that if one does their job in representing those under their care, the people would give their undying support to the leadership.
@ HDC...If I can go by some of your previous comments, your quite happy, and content, with your Texas built Tundra ? Would you prefer that your next Tundra was assembled south of the border? Keeping in mind, of course, that Toyota USA pays a fair wage, and benefit package to the American workers. I'm confident that Toyota pays such an expensive package out of the goodness of their corporate heart. One would be cynical to think, that Toyota would fear the nasty UAW knocking on their door.
@ HDC..The NUMMI plant? Where they ran the Vibe/Matrix. Someone correct if I'm wrong, but isn't the Toyota made Vibe, the only GM vehicle with a UAW worker installed, Takata air bag ? I know in the past, HDC that you have inferred that GM was out to kill their customers with the faulty ignition switch. Was Toyota, and Honda, out to kill their customers also ?
HDC... I know what your saying. My point was that UAW, or non UAW, Asian, or German, things can go wrong. I don't think that any individual worker, or that matter the entire corporation, set out to kill anybody. Even vehicles from 10 or 15 years were built to a price point. All of the car companies, bar none, were guilty of some sort of negligence/ cover up. As far as the guys living in the tent? I would bet that somehow, somewhere those folks made some poor choices in their life. If one finds themselves living in tent. One can't blame GM the UAW or Toyota.
The organization of labour had a huge beneficial effect on workers and society. We seem to forget that point. BUT Any time power shifts out of balance we eventually see corruption of those wielding power. "It is not only the slave or serf who is ameliorated in becoming free... the master himself did not gain less in every point of view,... for absolute power corrupts the best natures." Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de Lamartine. Most tend to believe that was the origin of the quote ""Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely" Lord Acton. The pendulum swings back and forth. The UAW feels that it is its turn once again.