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.
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…)