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Contentious Vote Gives UAW Dues Hike

King orders second vote after first ends in a deadlock.

by on Jun.04, 2014

Delegate Eden Shultz from Local 2110 speaks on a proposed constitutional change during debate on Tuesday in Detroit. Photo credit: UAW.

The United Auto Workers approved a dues increase for 391,000 members, but the two-and-a-half-hour debate during the union’s quadrennial Constitutional Convention underscored the dissatisfaction within the union ranks over the two-tier pay system that now prevails in much of the auto industry.

“We need to have a war chest if we’re going to be serious about breaking the two-tier system,” said Brian Schneck UAW Local 259 in Hicksville, New York, who spoke of in favor of the increase that boosted dues from two hours wages per month to 2.5 hours per month.

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The vote was closer than the union’s executive board might have liked. When UAW Bob King called for a voice vote it failed to pass as the opponents shouted out their opposition. The increase was approved a few moments later on show of hands. (more…)

Former Saturn Plant to Reopen, But No Pension Improvements Under New GM Contract

Deal could make it easier to now target the transplants.

by on Sep.20, 2011

The new GM contract will bring the reopening of the shuttered Spring Hill, TN plant -- and the addition of over 6,000 jobs.

General Motors Co. is obligated to reopen its assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tenn. under the terms of its tentative new labor agreement with the United Auto Workers Union.

Union officials also said Tuesday they expect the new four-year GM contract — which is worth $12,000 per employee over the life of the agreement — will serve as the pattern for new labor pacts with both Chrysler Group and Ford Motor Co.  But which of those makers will be targeted next remains uncertain.

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“In these uncertain economic times for American workers and faced with the globalization of the economy, the UAW approached these negotiations with new strategies and fought for and achieved some of our major goals for our members, “ said UAW president Bob King after the agreement was endorsed unanimously by the union’s GM council.

The agreement includes a $5,000 signing bonus due upon ratification by 48,000 GM worker s. In addition, workers will receive a $1,000 lump sum payment, each year starting in 2012 to cover any increase in the cost of living — and an annual bonus of $250 bonus if certain quality targets are met.