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UAW wants to end two-tier wage system



Published: Thu, December 19, 2013 @ 4:30 p.m.

LORDSTOWN — The United Auto Workers union is calling for an end to a two-tier wage system as a part of 2015 contract negotiations, a move welcomed by union representatives at the General Motors complex here.

According to Reuters news service, a top UAW official told reporters earlier this week the union wants to eliminate the system, which pays new automotive workers less than veteran workers.

“The international executive board hates two tiers,” said Norwood Jewell, who will be one of three vice presidents at the union come June.

He said the two-tier system was not a choice, but rather an unfortunate result of a struggling industry during the economic downtown.

“We didn’t do two tiers because it’s a wonderful thing,” he said this week at a General Motors Co. plant in Flint, Mich., according to reports. “We hate them. We intend to eliminate them over time.”

A GM representative from the Lordstown plant today could not comment on the UAW announcement.

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1JoeFromHubbard(982 comments)posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago

You mean that they want to adjust all wages to equal the lower tier?

That would make American auto workers more competitive with the rest of the world.

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2NachoCheese(161 comments)posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Good idea. Time to bring their outrageous wages more in line with the reality of the rest of the working world. While they're at it, do away with the whole UAW so that American products can compete with the rest of the world.

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