NEW YORK -- Delphi Corp. is demanding concessions from the United Auto Workers beyond wage and benefits cuts that could undermine the union's ability to organize new members and hasten its deterioration, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
The largest U.S. auto parts company, which filed for bankruptcy-court protection earlier this month, wants greater leeway to hire nonunion temporary and contract workers without union input and to buy materials and parts from nonunion sub-suppliers, the paper said, citing a summary of the company's demands.
Delphi also is proposing to move large numbers of traditional union jobs outside the union's protection. Jobs such as machine repairmen, carpenters and tool builders all would be outsourced to other companies, the paper reported.
Outsourced jobs also include the yard maintenance, snow removal and janitorial jobs, the paper said.
The Troy, Michigan, supplier also seeks to cut back on the number of elected union officials at each plant representing workers in negotiations and grievances, while also eliminating union officials who oversee retraining or employee-assistance programs, the paper said.
Delphi also aims to eliminate the long-standing requirement that any purchaser of a Delphi plant maintain the union and assume the existing collective bargaining agreement, the paper said.
Labor lawyers said these proposals, if accepted, would weaken the UAW and other unions by reducing some of their recruiting tools and potentially eliminating the union altogether at many sites, the paper said.