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Are Factory Jobs Good Jobs?

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On February 6, 2017
No, not unless they are backed up with worker power that ensures a safe workplace, good working conditions, and a decent wage and benefits. It took a century of struggle to make that happen in the United States. Even though industrial unions have been largely crushed in this country, the residual effects of those unions […]

UAW/GM Negotiations

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On November 7, 2015

The latest in the United Auto Workers’ negotiations with the Big Three is pretty interesting. As I discussed earlier, the UAW forged an agreement with Chrysler that at least rolls back the despi

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Between 2007 and 2009, the American auto industry was on the verge of collapse, with GM and Chrysler requiring government assistance to stay afloat. The industry took advantage of this situation to force two-tiered contracts on the United Auto Workers that set a new wage scale for new workers significantly below that of older workers […]
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On January 5, 1914, Henry Ford announced his famous $5 a day wage to his workers. Ford is often lauded for his efforts here and he was surely forward-thinking in creating this salary. But this post will also challenge his reputation as a good employer, for Ford expected plenty in return from those employees, far […]

The Volkswagen-UAW Deal

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On July 13, 2014
As most of you know by now, Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers came to an agreement to create a union local in the company’s Chattanooga plant to represent the workers who want to join. This agreement will not include any dues collection until after a collective bargaining agreement is reached. It comes in the […]
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