By Mark Kleis
Friday, Oct 8th, 2010 @ 2:32 pm
 
When the United Auto Workers union decided to agree to terms laid out by General Motors - per an existing contract - they did so believing it was the best thing to do by bringing several workers back to work at the Orion Township plant.

The downside of the deal, however, is that it sees only the top 60 percent of workers in terms of seniority receiving normal, full wages. The rest of workers will receive wages that are roughly half of the traditional wages of $28 per hour.

The decision by UAW leadership was a key decision as it enabled the Chevrolet Aveo to be built in the U.S. profitability, which would make it the only subcompact car being built in the U.S. due to higher labor costs. The problem, however, is that it was only UAW leadership that agreed to the deal, and not the workers themselves.

The Detroit Free Press points out that very recently a similar deal was proposed at a GM stamping plant in Indianapolis, but in that case it was put to vote in front of the workers who handily rejected the deal with their vote.

Now that some of the UAW workers feel betrayed both GM and their UAW leadership, says Freep, UAW dissidents are planning to picket the UAW headquarters on October 16th. "The dominoes are falling all over the UAW," said Ron Lare, an organizer for the picket and retired Ford autoworker and former member of UAW Local 600 in Dearborn.

A flyer for the event, obtained by Freep, suggested that "[UAW leaders] have forgotten who they work for. Let's help them remember."


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