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UAW Leaders Okay with 3-Tier Wages

Sep 28, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams has negotiated a contract allowing subcontracted employees to work at third-tier wages, even within Big Three auto plants.

This may seem strange when Williams claimed to be negotiating a contract with the stated goal of “bridging the gap” between the two tiers of wages and benefits that employees are currently working under. It may seem to fly in the face of Williams’ claim to be for “equal pay for equal work.” And it may be hard for Williams to maintain his supposed support for a $15 minimum wage, when a third tier wage in auto would be below that.

It’s not so hard to understand, though, if you keep in mind it could accomplish one goal–getting more dues from more Big Three UAW members!