Fancy boys, Automotive News reports: GM to UAW: Let's cut costs. This article talks about local negotiations rather than nation-wide ones which typically get all the headlines (we're 100% guilty of that because we aren't schooled in the ways of unions, negotiations and the wooing of bluegrass(y) singers, so accept our apologies if we've made blanket statements).
In late February, GM opened negotiations with Lordstown's union officials. GM wants the union to accept nonunion janitors, work 10-hour shifts without overtime pay, allow nonunion workers to replenish parts bins and let nonunion truckers deliver and unload parts shipments.Now we don't happen to know if that 10-hour shift means 50 hours a week, but we're willing to bet it's a 5-day/week jobbie, so what does this mean exactly? GM is forcing big pay cuts for janitors ($28/hour to $12/hour) and imposing more work hours? Hawesome! What's good for GM is good for America! Yay! It's become crystal clear the main problem people aren't lining up to buy GMs is clearly based on janitorial pay. Why we didn't see this before... well, we're ashamed. Mr. Wagoner, get on this janitorial compensation model ASAP!
GM wants to shift about 20 percent of the work now performed by UAW members to outside contractors, says Jeff Manning, president of UAW Local 31. That would affect about 500 of the plant's 2,500 union jobs, he said.
But Manning says the rank-and-file might not approve True North unless GM management shares the financial sacrifice. "It's going to be tough," he said. "It'd be far easier if management shared in the $54 million."Careful, Mr. Manning. Talk like that is enough to get the plant shutdown for good.