UAW is open to GM’s offer for workers’ pay to depend on company performance

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 16, 2011

The union is open to General Motors Co.’s proposal for a portion of employee compensation in the next contract to be tied to the financial and quality performance of the company, according to UAW President Bob King. He said that the details would be determined during collective bargaining between the UAW and the Detroit 3 that officially starts on July 4.

King spoke at the 2011 Automotive News World Congress in Detroit. He said that the details will be decided on during the negotiations. King, the successor of Ron Gettelfinger as UAW president, said that the effort to organize transplant automakers has started.

During the speech, King promised to commit all of the resources of the union to reveal to the world any actions that companies may take to interfere with the organizing drives.

The union currently has $60 million available. It also has a strike fund amounting to more than $800 million that union delegates can vote to release for the drives.

King said that without the right to organize and bargain collectively, "there can be no strong, sustainable middle class." King warned that carmakers, which violate the fair election principles, will be branded as "human-rights violators."

And King claims that this will convince potential buyers to stay away from these carmakers. King enumerated how the union will implement a publicity campaign against the violators.

These include demonstrations, public meetings, letters, outreach to shareholders and networking with UAW allies in the faith, civil-rights and environmental communities. [via autonews - sub. required]

Topics: uaw, gm, united states

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