May 4, 2009
Officially, this new agreement with Chrysler expires in September of 2011.
But unless the union leadership gives the company what it wants in the 2011 “negotiations,” all wages and benefits will be settled by binding arbitration. No matter what changes are made, the workers will not have a vote, and legally they will not have the right to strike.
And note this: The arbitrator has to make wages and benefits conform to wages and benefits paid by other auto companies – and specifically those paid by the transplants.
In other words, the arbitrator can cut them!
And now that Chrysler and Ford have brought their wages down to the transplant level, we can be sure the transplants will cut their wages further still.
The cuts won’t end until the workers refuse to accept this race to the bottom.