In an effort to justify proposed cuts in employee wages and benefits, Delphi last month produced a report that compared its hourly pay rates for new hires with those at eight unionized and nonunion U.S. auto suppliers. And it thinks it has a case.
Delphi's most recent proposal to the UAW called for a base wage of $12.50 an hour and benefits valued at $8.83 an hour -- a total of $21.33 an hour. Under its current contract, Delphi pays new hires $26.97 an hour plus benefits it says are worth $26.86, for a total of $53.83.
According to the figures, based on Delphi's data, the company's new wage and benefit structure would put its wage and benefit total lower than two unionized suppliers that pay wages and benefits of $25.18 and $24.25 an hour. But Delphi says it would pay more than the other six suppliers, whose wages and benefits range from $15.41 to $20.46 an hour.
Delphi didn't name the eight companies it used for comparison.
Delphi also says its legacy costs for retirees amount to $22.63 an hour -- a figure it wants to cut to $14.04. Delphi said seven of the eight companies it cited had legacy costs of less than 30 cents an hour and one had legacy costs of $4.36 an hour.