Fiat Chrsyler Union Workers Given More Time To Review Proposed Deal
United Auto Workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles facilities will vote next week on a newly proposed contract to cover 40,000 workers, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Workers will have until Oct. 20 to review the proposed deal, which was reached last week before a threatened strike. According to the report, workers will vote on the deal Oct. 20-21. Roughly 65 percent of workers reportedly voted down the first deal between the automaker and the UAW because of concerns over its tiered pay structure, health care co-op and lack of communication from union leadership.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the health care co-op was scrapped in the second deal, and that lower-paid, second tier workers could eventually reach $29 per hour after eight years. The contract also proposes two raises during the terms of the four-year deal. Union leaders have taken to social media to post details about the deal in an effort to communicate with membership.
On its website, the UAW highlights terms of the new contract, which include a $4,000 ratification bonus for veteran, Tier 1 workers and $3,000 for Tier 2 workers.
Critics have said that retaining the tiered-pay system between workers isn’t enough and that the proposed contract didn’t address capping hired workers in the lower tiers. Union negotiators on the UAW website said the proposed deal reflects a balance between job security and wages:
The biggest challenge for your bargaining committee was the wage gap between new hire and traditional employees. They took a thoughtful and strategic approach to addressing this inequity and found a solution that closes the gap over time in a way that allows the company to continue investing in our plants, develop new product and keep our jobs secure. Figuring out how to balance these competing demands is one of our responsibilities as your bargaining representative. Not considering the give and take between job security, and good pay and benefit is irresponsible.
Its unclear how much of the UAW’s contract will be included in its negotiations with Ford and General Motors. Commenters on the union’s Facebook page expressed dissatisfaction with the tiered pay system staying in the FCA deal:
Your promises of ENDING 2 TIER have fallen short! Bring anything less to the ford workers will fall flat.
Roughly 45 percent of FCA workers are Tier 2 workers, which is proportionately higher than Ford and GM.
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