Report – UAW – FCA arrangement includes special pay for Mopar employees image

According to a recent media report, the new Mopar hires and axle operators would get a different salary agreement according to the tentative contract agreement between the UAW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

According to a report from the Free Press, the tentative deal between the UAW union and the Fiat Chrysler Automobiels automaker delivers two new salary strategies for entry-level employees that don’t have to work on the assembly lines. This new classification now raises the worry that an entirely new wage classification (although both the UAW and FCA vowed to try and kill off the different wages) – or “third tier” – has been agreed by the union and this is one of the subjects of heated criticism seen on numerous UAW-related Facebook pages. Mopar workers and axle operators are part of the 40,000 Fiat Chrysler employees that will cast their vote on the tentative four-year contract this week and next.

If the current form of the deal is ratified, employees at the automaker’s Mopar parts and distribution centers would gain between $17 and $22 per hour. Meanwhile, axle operators would receive between $17 and $22.35 per hour, is stipulated in the 450-page document. This means their agreed top pay would be lower than the $25.35 per hour agreed for entry level workers in assembly facilities. The Mopar employees now have reason to feel dissatisfied, as union officials allegedly told some of them the new wage was considered because of the lack of direct contact with the automobiles, even though the UAW’s stance was always equal pay for equal work.