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GM's goal: All 2nd-tier pay for workers at Orion plant
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Source: Detroit Free Press

POSTED: OCT. 16, 2010

GM's goal: All 2nd-tier pay for workers at Orion plant
Many laid-off workers offered jobs at GM's Lordstown plant

General Motors eventually wants to pay all of the workers at its Orion Township assembly plant a lower, tier-two wage so it can affordably build small cars, such as the Buick Verano compact and Chevrolet subcompact.

The UAW and GM agreed that 40% of the workers at the Orion plant will be paid the lower wage, which is about half of the $28 that the tier-one workers make, in an effort to keep GM and its Orion plant viable and competitive -- and to bring assembly work slated for overseas to the U.S.

That deal so angered union members that they plan to protest today outside of UAW headquarters in Detroit.

But GM eventually intends to replace all the tier-one Orion workers with lower-paid workers, Mike Dunn, chairman of the Orion local union, said in a video Webcast on the Local 5960 Web site. GM is offering some tier-one workers transfers out and will eventually hire only lower-paid workers. "We have become 'red circle,' " Dunn said. "No other tier ones will be able to transfer into Orion."

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  -GM's goal: All 2nd-tier pay for workers at Orion plant Bozita  Oct-16-10 11:03 AM   #0 
  - Ad campaign: "Buy the cheap Orion - Made with the cheapest material, labor and quality we can find!"  PSPS   Oct-16-10 11:31 AM   #1 
  - And yet, no one talks about lowering CEO's pay to make them competitive (n/t)  Retrograde   Oct-16-10 11:36 AM   #2 
  - Excellent point.  pattmarty   Oct-16-10 11:42 AM   #3 
  - Because "we need to pay competitive wages to get the best talent!" applies only to CEOs.  Brickbat   Oct-16-10 12:26 PM   #7 
     - Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! You win today's Golden Glob Award  Tansy_Gold   Oct-16-10 04:10 PM   #12 
  - Why doesn't GM just raise the selling price of the cars by $56 to offset?  4lbs   Oct-16-10 11:49 AM   #4 
  - GOOD IDEA  luckyleftyme2   Oct-16-10 10:37 PM   #13 
  - yet labor already makes up less than 3% of their costs.  provis99   Oct-16-10 11:54 AM   #5 
  - GM could raise the price of each car it sells slightly and allow its workers more pay.  4lbs   Oct-16-10 12:06 PM   #6 
     - Pensions and Healthcare and Dental...  boppers   Oct-16-10 11:07 PM   #14 
  - Virulent class warfare and robber baron tactics.  Metta   Oct-16-10 12:30 PM   #8 
  - "we" bailed out GM so they can turn around and cut "our" wages?  Desertrose   Oct-16-10 12:45 PM   #9 
  - Race to the bottom.  Enthusiast   Oct-16-10 03:18 PM   #10 
  - Global equality is a bitch.  boppers   Oct-16-10 11:10 PM   #15 
  - And the workers are pissed - related thread here:  Cal Carpenter   Oct-16-10 03:42 PM   #11 

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