The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Chrysler:
What Will We Do in September?

Apr 18, 2011

Our contract ends in September. Workers say, “We gave up a lot. Will we get anything back?”

The 2009 contract specifically states that any unresolved issues will go to an arbitrator. It says, on page 2: “Wage and benefit improvements to be based upon Chrysler maintaining an all-in hourly labor cost comparable to its U.S. competitors.”

In other words, if we are going to get anything back, it won’t come from waiting.

2015 is Far Away

The Chrysler work force is nearly 20% two-tier now. A rumor went around that many would now be moved up to first tier.

Under the 2007 contract, that would have been the rule. But when the Obama administration bailed out Chrysler, it cancelled that rule – until the year 2015 ... if not later.

This is another case where what is legal and what is right are two different things entirely.