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    you don't know what you're talking about. First, there were no new hires in 2008. Until recently, there had been virtually no hiring done in the US since the late 90's.

    It's only within the last year or so that the auto companies have hired anyone under the reduced wage, which had been in place for several years prior to the economic collapse. It was a contract concession made at a time when the company was, and had been for years, downsizing through attrition. At the time it was done, everyone knew it was something that would not affect anyone for a long time. Now, that time has come.

    New UAW president Bob King views closing the wage gap as his top priority. The contract ratified last fall will raise those workers' pay to $19 per hour and improve their medical and other benefits by the end of the four year agreement. The profit sharing plan has been improved and yielded bonuses of around $8K last year.

    No other industry has come close to maintaining their wage and benefit scale in the face of outsourcing and union busting. It's tough to make demands when the nation has no industrial policy and the company can move work to some low wage overseas hellhole any time they want to.

    The UAW has done a better job than most.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 06:20:09 PM PDT

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      It's tough to make demands when the nation has no industrial policy and the company can move work to some low wage overseas hellhole any time they want to.
      Those companies have a (figurative) gun to the head of the union at negotiating time. They can threaten to move overseas. No manufacturing union can just threaten a strike to get their demands, no matter how much we would like that to be so. This is what outsourcing has done to our labor markets. Is that cheap iPod really worth it?

      Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

      by Dirtandiron on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 06:43:02 PM PDT

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