There was a time when union contract negotiations centered around increased hourly wages and top benefits. Bloomberg reports that the United Auto Workers may be willing to forgo raises in favor of lump-sum payments tied to hitting profitability and productivity targets.

To help sell such a deal to the UAW rank and file, Bloomberg reports that the union could seek signing bonuses of $8,000 to $10,000 per member. On the high end, that's over three times the $3,000 Ford, General Motors and Chrysler union employees received in 2007 when they ratified their current contracts.

Signing bonuses of $10,000 per union worker would cost GM $470 million, Ford $410 million and Chrysler $250 million. Bloomberg reports that, on the automakers side of the negotiating table, "there may be resistance to such a large payout." A UAW spokesperson went on the record to say that talk of the union asking for the larger signing bonuses is "inaccurate and it creates false expectations."

The current UAW contract with the Detroit automakers expires September 14.


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      xmailboxcancerx
      • 3 Years Ago
      Get outta' there, D3. Another D city ... Denver, Dallas, Destin, Dodgeville ... Move to some place, even gradually, where the laws and union establishment don't have a stranglehold on the way you do business. I'm sick of this.
      lithdoc
      • 3 Years Ago
      So if you do the math, GM has 47k union employees, Ford 41k, Chrysler only 25k? That's it? I thought the figure would be closer to twice this amount!
      Jeff Dennis
      • 3 Years Ago
      would the unions please go F themselves so our country can continue to build competitive cars with the rest of the world?
        snuts4football
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jeff Dennis
        said by someone who is ignorant and does not know what is going on in the auto factory. Better to be thought a fool then open your mouth and prove it
      Don
      • 3 Years Ago
      You all keep voting democrat, you get what you deserve. A destroyed Country!!
        Zacarious
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Don
        Dude what are you on about? This has nothing to do with democrats or republicans only the UAW.
      Hampton
      • 3 Years Ago
      Imagine how more effective American auto manufacturers would be without these thugs shaking them down at every turn for every concession they could get. Hey.maybe workers who refuse to work could even be fired !
      Hampton
      • 3 Years Ago
      Democrats and their union thug/mafia brownshirts! These thugs get up and call themselves workers.That's an insult to those of us who actually work power this economy. Go cut some more railroad car break lines You domestic terrorists!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hampton
        [blocked]
      nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      They barely put the cars together correctly, so why do they need to be paid more for a crappy job? We bought a new focus the other day and the trunk alignment was off, and a couple of small plastic panels were missing.
        Robert
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nick
        Why would you purchase a car where the trunk alignment was off and it was missing parts? Did you not bother to inspect the car and look at it before driving it off the lot? While I am no fan of unions that just seems ignorant on your part.
      Gorgenapper
      • 3 Years Ago
      Everytime I see this guy, he's always waving his fist in the air.
        Lars
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        According to this photograph, he has a wife, and apparently she either has no objection to his epic comb-over or fears reprisal if she complains. Talk about paying your dues.
      Don
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Dems and Mafia mix real well.
      getoffmylawn
      • 3 Years Ago
      yeah, clench that fist like a dictator!
      harbour
      • 3 Years Ago
      One billion four hundred forty four million dollars just for being alive, nothing else. Bonuses should be merit based, not for just being there. That is Ten thousand dollars to each of union member who drinks and smokes pot during the workday. If there are bonuses to be paid, make them merit based to the workers who earn them, and leave out the union administrators.
        Jacob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @harbour
        Couldn't have said it any better. UAW are just a bunch of scumbag thieves.
          Tim
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jacob
          Something to remember not everyone who is in the UAW is a scumbag thief.
          Graham
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jacob
          I'm not sure how collectively bargaining for a decent living wage makes one a scumbag thief. That must also make the NFLPA scumbags too. I'm sure Jacob you will reply with a well though out reason for your beliefs though I'm not holding my breath.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jacob
          [blocked]
      Will Shields
      • 3 Years Ago
      Union garbage like this is EXACTLY why people would support a TOTALLY automated plant. Greed kills on every level. And to focus on Ford only because it is the only automaker NOT protected by the government because they didn't take bail-out? Ridiculous!
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