Labor Negotiations

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

An exception for skilled workers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

While the notion of a 10-year progression to top pay appears sound, a few exceptions may exist. Skilled tradespersons are hired with the assumption that they are already fully up to speed....
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Union effort at Toyota Canada stirs to life

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

The April announcement that Toyota will move Corolla production from Canada to a new Mexican plant has rejuvenated a unionizing campaign aimed at the automaker. Unifor is hoping to drum up support for a vote by the end of the year to determine if factories in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario, will become Toyota's first unionized plants in North America....
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DAVE BARKHOLZ

BLOG: GM sends another contract-year message to UAW

4:00 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

You know it's a UAW contract year when GM announces its US plant investment plan, as it did last week when it outlined $5.4 billion in spending over three years....
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Ford to cut 700 jobs at Mich. plant, hitting Tier 2 workers

3:40 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

Ford plans to cut 700 jobs and eliminate the third shift at its small-car assembly plant in suburban Detroit, in the company's first large-scale layoff of Tier 2 workers. The plant builds the Focus and C-Max, whose sales are down a combined 22 percent this year after falling 15 percent last year....
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EDITORIAL

There's no need to come to blows over 2-tier wages

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The Detroit 3 and the UAW are headed for conflict this fall over the controversial two-tier wage system that was put in place in 2007 and helped those companies return to profitability....
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Canadians show one way out of Tier 2

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

As UAW contract negotiations with the Detroit 3 begin, the Canadian model for dealing with entry-level workers could provide a guide to solving the Tier 2 probelm in the United States....
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Ford's Hinrichs wants level playing field on labor costs

3:56 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Ford's Americas chief indicated today that the automaker will be looking to bring its labor costs in line with those of its smaller rival Fiat Chrysler Automobiles when it opens talks this summer with the union representing its hourly workers....
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UAW delegates demand higher pay

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

To say the UAW rank and file's expectations for more pay are high would be an understatement. Delegates at last week's UAW bargaining convention, the unofficial opening of negotiations with the Detroit 3, demanded that the car companies return to workers what they sacrificed before and during the recession....
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VIDEO: UAW delegates voice frustrations

10:34 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Reporter Dave Barkholz spoke with delegates at the 2015 UAW bargaining convention about the issues they are most passionate about....
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EDITORIAL

2-tier wages have outlived their usefulness

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

The 2007 emergency agreements that created two-tier union wage scales let U.S. automakers hire new employees for lower pay than existing ones. That huge UAW sacrifice was key to the survival of the Detroit 3 during the Great Recession. The crisis has long since passed, and the system should be shelved....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: UAW troops air demands at convention rather than cast blame

2:54 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

The UAW's latest bargaining convention was markedly different than the union's most recent confabs and one that could portend trouble in this year's Detroit 3 contract talks, which unofficially began with the convention....
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UAW to press for 'pattern' labor deals in Detroit 3 talks, Williams says

5:51 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams says the UAW will try to negotiate labor contracts with the Detroit 3 later this year that are identical -- a goal made difficult because each automaker has different labor costs largely as a result of a lower-cost, entry-level pay scale....
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'We've got too many damn tiers,' UAW head tells cheering delegates

10:50 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

In a fiery address to hundreds of UAW delegates, union President Dennis Williams said auto workers sacrificed during the recession and now must get that compensation back....
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UAW president anticipates united front against pay 'inequality'

8:49 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams said today he expects members to emerge from this week's bargaining convention with a unified voice after a full airing of worker concerns about “inequity” in pay and benefits that are a product of a two-tier system....
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UAW rank-and-file decry Tier 2 pay at bargaining convention

3:10 pm U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

Opposition to the Tier 2 pay scale is so pervasive at this week’s UAW bargaining convention that the only delegates speaking against a proposal to reduce the pay gap between veteran and entry-level workers at the Detroit 3 are those who want to see it eliminated outright....
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Mercedes plant has highest per-hour labor cost in U.S.; VW and BMW pay least

March 24, 2015 10:42 CET

Workers at Daimler's Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Alabama, have the highest hourly pay among employees at U.S. car factories while Volkswagen and BMW workers earn the least, a study shows....
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Is high-paying Tier 1 at risk in UAW talks?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2015

The slogan "No More Tiers" will be on the lips of thousands of UAW delegates trekking to the union's bargaining convention this week. They'll be calling for hard limits on -- or even eradication of -- the so-called Tier 2 wages that entry-level workers have been paid since 2007....
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Navistar deal shows UAW president's pragmatism

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2015

The UAW's latest pact with Navistar -- including a raise for workers and changes that embrace lean manufacturing to aid the company's turnaround -- signals the pragmatic approach new union chief Dennis Williams is expected to deploy in talks later this year with the Detroit 3....
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Toyota counters union wage request with smaller offer

6:25 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Toyota, which makes more profit than all other Japanese carmakers combined, will offer to raise wages by one-third less than what its labor union requested....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Can UAW fix Tier 2 disparity?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8, 2015

Fiat Chrysler enjoys a labor-cost advantage over Ford after breaking a tradition of pattern deals with the UAW during its 2009 bankruptcy. Now, as the UAW prepares to negotiate new contracts with the Detroit 3, restoring pattern bargaining is going to be difficult....
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Strike ends at Brazil GM plant after union flexes muscle

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015

Workers at a General Motors factory in Brazil ended a six-day strike today after the company dropped plans to lay off 800 employees, the union said, ending the latest labor standoff in the troubled Brazilian auto industry....
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GM union in Canada may seek early bargaining

4:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015

The union that represents GM's Canadian workers may seek early negotiations to secure jobs at the company's Oshawa, Ontario, operations, Unifor National President Jerry Dias said....
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VW angers German union with 2% pay raise offer

Feb. 12, 2015 18:28 CET

Volkswagen offered to raise wages for workers at its German factories by 2.2 percent, drawing harsh criticism from the IG Metall union, which is pushing a 5.5 percent demand....
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Ford's new 1,550 workers for F-150 output pushes 300-500 to top-tier wages

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015

Ford is adding 1,550 hourly employees in the first quarter to increase output of its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup. The hires will cause between 300 and 500 UAW members earning Tier 2 hourly wages of $19.28 today to rise to top-tier status with hourly wages of $28.50....
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Ford on verge of promoting newer UAW hires to top-tier pay for first time

6:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015

Ford has exceeded its cap on employees earning second-tier wages and will promote 55 workers hired in 2010 to its top wage scale, the UAW said late Friday. It would be the first time since the UAW agreed to two-tier wages in 2007 that any of the union's members have been moved up to the higher pay scale....
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