Feb 28 -- Bonuses for Big 3 workers have been a mixed bag recently, as the results of each automaker have varied.
In Japan, there is a new emphasis on bonuses as part of a worker's pay.
Even though the biggest Japanese automakers are posting massive profits, they have been reluctant to give workers across-the-board raises because of general economic conditions.
So instead of seeking an increase in the base rate of pay for this year, unions are demanding big, one-time bonuses. For example, at Honda each worker seeks the equivalent of 6.5 months pay, which is more than $20,000.
It will be interesting to see if the subject of bonuses comes up over here this year when each of the Big 3 bargains with the UAW.