To the Editor:
This is regarding "There's no need to come to blows over 2-tier wages," Opinion, April 20, about auto workers and the Detroit 3.
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.
Evidently, management doesn't understand the scope of journeymen skilled trades. We typically have the ability to adapt to new jobs, but we don't know automatically the particulars of the involved work. Yet we are often required to install, maintain and repair corporate equipment without comprehensive training.
Most of us can comprehend the nature of these complexities if given half a chance but deserve compensation to recognize our abilities as skilled workers.