Rank and file UAW workers not feeling the love as US car companies return to profitability – and union leaders are aligned with Management. No mystery here, business has been using a clever tool for the last 4 decades. When times are tough, buy off the existing union members by keeping their salaries and benefits static, while getting them to agree to screwing future workers:
The sense of grievance among autoworkers in large part stems from concessions accepted by the UAW in recent years, as the industry has grappled with declining sales and the government has stepped in to rescue major automakers. The concessions in essence created two separate classes of autoworkers via a two-tier wage system — a term now underlined by many workers as the source of enduring unhappiness.
Under the two-tier system, workers with seniority have generally been able to preserve their pay scale, with basic wages of about $28 an hour. But new hires can now be paid half as much, at a wage officially referred to as “entry rate” because workers are theoretically able to move up through the wage levels as senior workers retire.