Government Motors Awards Union Workers $5,000 Signing Bonus

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Government Motors will award union members a $5,000 signing bonus as part of a new four-year contract. The car company is still part-owned by the US Treasury. In fact, the U.S. Treasury still owns about 26% of GM’s shares.
The AP reported:

The United Auto Workers union won $5,000 signing bonuses and the possibility of sweeter profit-sharing checks as part of a new four-year contract with General Motors Co., two people briefed on the talks said Saturday.

The deal, which was reached late Friday, also includes a $2- to $3-per-hour pay raise for entry-level workers over the life of the contract and guarantees more union jobs, the people said.

Both persons asked to remain anonymous because the details of the contract haven’t been reviewed by all local union leaders.

The GM deal will serve as a template for contracts that still must be negotiated with Chrysler Group LLC and Ford Motor Co. It would set the pay and benefits for 112,500 U.S. auto workers. It also sets the bar for pay and benefits at nonunion auto companies and other industries across the country.

The contract is the first since GM and Chrysler received government bailouts to make it through bankruptcy protection in 2009. GM earned $4.7 billion last year.

Workers have to approve the deal before it can take effect. A vote is expected within 10 days…

The union hoped to show that it can work cooperatively with auto companies as it tries to unionize U.S. factories owned by Nissan Motor Co., Volkswagen AG and other foreign automakers. King said the union remains committed to organizing those plants.

“As long as unionized workers are being forced to compete with nonunion workers who in most cases receive lower pay and benefits — many in temporary jobs — there will continue to be a downward pressure on the wages and benefits of all auto workers,” he said in a statement.

Also watching closely is the White House. GM received a $49.5 billion government bailout two years ago and is still part-owned by the U.S. Treasury. An agreement that is favorable to GM could help the company’s stock rise, which would get the Treasury closer to making back the money it is owed when it sells its remaining shares.

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  • Dick

    I dearly love my Chevy truck, but these guys are never gonna learn.

  • paul52

    Another reason why I’ll probably never buy a new car again. Where is MY bonus for buying American cars for the last 42 years???

  • NeoKong

    How’s that Chevy Volt working out….?
    Why is a company that cannot survive without tens of billions of dollars of tax payer money giving everybody bonuses and raises ?

    Nissan would be crazy to let the UAW into their factories.
    They are worse than a swarm of locusts

  • Sickofobama

    Hey it’s not their money so they can hand out as much as they want.

    Never, ever purchase anything from Government Motors.

  • bigkahuna

    Never again will I by anything from this union thug run and bailed out stolen company.

    They stole it from stockholders with Obamas leadership, consent and help. ( he should be in prison)

    They are ungrateful, thugs and I will support non union companies that pay a far fairer wage for a far more competent workforce and expect more from them

    The only one I would consider is Ford and they are also beholden to union thugs

  • daryl

    If this is the way they intend to piss off their government bailout dollars to hell with GM.
    These damned one hour working and two hours on break union thugs need to earn their damned (less work-more pay) checks, not have them presented to them suitable for cashing and framing and adjusted for inflation weekly.

  • bigkahuna

    I hope it goes bankrupt and unions lose all those shares and some investoprs come in and buy it out and bust the union and bring in all new workers where possible. Show these idiots they cant screw the taxpayers ever again.

  • Major Kong

    Used to look for products made here. In the future I’ll be looking to buy products with no bitterly-clinging union affiliations.

  • wtd

    Now if the Union would use membership dues to invest in ownership (outright purchase with their own funds) in the industry which they work, instead of using taxpayer funds handed over by the federal government, I wouldn’t have these issues with unions. But, unions do (ab)use federal funds and so I have a big problem with these ‘incentives’.

  • bigkahuna

    By the way…How much money has the taxpayer gotten back from these scumbags ?

    The way I look at it Honda employs basically as many as these scumbag thiefs and does it profitably and more efficiently with grateful workers who are trained to do many jobs not just putting on bolt A or handle F and then told you cant screw in Bolt B or Handle C because thats not in my job description and many other union thug tactics

    My brother worked for Ford but was laid off after about 8 years…he then went out and worked for private companies for 6-8 years before being called back to Ford in the early 90’s

    During contract negotiations every few years he got 2 years back each contract toward his retirement ( for time he wasnt there) Good for my brother but horrible for FORD.

    Sister works at Honda…what a totally different mindset, work environment, expectation, ytraining, constant education, testing, movement between jobs and responsibilities to keep people fresh, flexible, efficient and healthy.

    Screw the work ethic busting unions

  • shibumi

    From the Detroit News:

    “In 2007, the last time a contract was reached between the automakers and the union, workers got a $3,000 signing bonus at all three.”

    Looks like Prez Downgrade is taking care of his union goons, sorry, supporters.

    What’s up next? I suspect a UAW strike against Ford, since they are not owned by the government (UAW) and must be punished because of that.

  • Betsy Ross

    More of the abuse of our tax money going to Democrats to make sure they keep voting Democrat.

  • Conservative Ken

    First act of the next President
    Sign the executive order repealing Obamacare

    Second act
    Sell off Government owned GM stock to Toyota and say goodbye to the UAW

  • Freddy

    Of course the car company with majority control held between the UAW and the federal government is going to settle first. This negotiation is about how much taxpayer money they will keep. Future negotiations will be about how large a stipend the company needs from the federal government to stay in business for the good of the country!

    Obama has a vested interest in getting any contract signed. Obama does not care if this deal is economically viable for a company that is tens of billions in debt. Obama is only concerned with his re-election campaign.

    Look for a nice strike at Ford as they point out all the unworkable details of this UAW rip-off of the federal/UAW owned government motors.

    There will not be a strike at government motors until there is a Republican in the White House. At that point, there will be a strike directly in front of the first possible election.

  • Carbon Pootprint

    Eff OGM and their union and all the crony capitalist parasites

  • shibumi

    “By the way…How much money has the taxpayer gotten back from these scumbags ?”


    you so funny!

  • 5kidsnadog

    “The GM deal will serve as a template for contracts that still must be negotiated with Chrysler Group LLC and Ford Motor Co. It would set the pay and benefits for 112,500 U.S. auto workers. It also sets the bar for pay and benefits at nonunion auto companies and other industries across the country.”

    Is it just me or does it seem like propaganda when they say that this deal sets the bar for pay and benefits at nonunion auto companies and other industries across the country? Huh? Since when? Haven’t we realized that the unionized auto workers are on a different planet (along with the unionized government workers) from us regular folks when it comes to pay and benefits? Isn’t this one of the reasons why they had to be bailed out — because they cost more than their non-union brethren at other companies? I feel like I can’t read anything anymore without seeing the party line being pushed.

  • John

    All that is fine and dandy, BUT you have to sell the CARS!

    I am far from alone in saying I’ll not buy a GM can again.

    Maybe if some day it went private and they fired all the UAW destroyers.

    (fat chance… maybe after it finally collapses?)

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  • Jim

    In 40 years I have purchased only GM products, never again!