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Automakers Getting Ready to Pass out Profit-Sharing

GM employees bust bank with this year’s payout.

by on Mar.02, 2015

GM CEO Mary Barra said hourly employees weren't to blame for the $3 billion in costs related to faulty ignition switches so they'll get record-setting profit-sharing checks this year.

General Motors, FCA US and Ford Motor Co. will begin distributing profit-sharing checks soon, setting the stage for what is certain to become an intense debate over compensation for the companies unionized hourly workers.

Based on General Motors’ North America 2014 financial performance, the company will pay, on average, up to $9,000 to approximately 48,400 eligible GM U.S. hourly employees. The compensation was larger than allowed under the contract because GM elected to pay profits based on the company’s earnings before the $3 billion deduction to cover the cost of recalls. The recalls were the fault of GM’s management not GM’s workers, GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said.

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“UAW members at General Motors are proud of what they do and see profit-sharing as another validation of their hard work producing quality vehicles. Profit sharing does more than put a few dollars into a member’s pocket. It means more to spend in the community and each little bit makes a big difference for everyone,” said UAW vice president Cindy Estrada, who is in charge of the union’s GM Department. (more…)

Ford to Pay Out Record Profit Sharing Bonus

Average hourly worker to receive $8,300.

by on Jan.30, 2013

A worker at the Ford plant in Wayne, Michigan assembling a new Focus sedan.

Ford Motor Co.’s U.S. workers will share in the company’s strong 2012 performance, each union employee receiving, on average, an $8.300 profit-sharing bonus.

That’s the single-largest profit-sharing payout from any domestic automaker since the United Auto Workers Union introduced the program as a trade-out for concessions during 1983 contract negotiations.

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The profit-sharing program is tied to Ford’s earnings in North America where it reported a pre-tax profit of $8.3 billion for 2012. The maker meanwhile reported it earned $1.7 billion before taxes during the fourth quarter, Ford’s best figure for the three-month period in more than a decade. However, net income for all of 2012 declined $307 million, excluding special charges, to $5.7 billion.

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