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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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