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  •  Bakers are 'unskilled' and start immediately (1+ / 0-)
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    There is no waiting period other than the 3 years to reach full rate of pay. The skills needed are not learned overnight. The old publicly traded company understood that those 3 years were meant to develop skills. The hedge funds only saw the benefit of chasing out older full rate workers in exchange for newer cheaper ones. This caused a tremendous drop in efficiency and quality over the last few years.

    As far as "less union working only for the benefits of existing members" I couldn't agree more. I have seen and heard many examples of Unions creating different tiers for older members to maintain, while new ones earn half or even less. The John Deere plant in Waterloo, IA is a prime example. At least the Bakers never did that to us.

    We need a little less of this too.

    •  The two tiered (0+ / 0-)

      wage system at Deere--and at GM, Ford, and Chrysler--came about in the early 2000's, at a time when the companies were pushing hard for concessions of all sorts--vacation time, pension, medical, dental, yearly wage increases, COLA, profit sharing, all were on the table. The idea of a lower wage for new hires, when the companies were still busy downsizing the workforce through attrition, and there were no new hires and weren't going to be any for the foreseeable future, was an attractive one. So they negotiated a concession that affected no one at the time it was agreed to, and avoided giving up benefits for their membership. They figured they'd cross the bridge of dealing with the obvious injustice of the two tiered compensation system when they came to it.

      Well, now it's here. They have guys making $14 per hour working right next to older workers making twice that. And in MI, where a lot of new auto hiring is taking place, our shiny new RTW law will allow those workers who don't think the union is working hard enough to right that wrong to withhold their dues.

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

      by happy camper on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 09:10:35 AM PST

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