Details about the deal announced this morning between the Chrysler Group and United Auto Workers union have surfaced, and it's apparent that the smaller, less financially stable automaker has given away the least compared to similar deals already struck with the UAW by cross-town rivals General Motors and Ford.

First up is money. Automotive News reports that each of Chrysler's hourly workers will receive at least $5,750 in bonuses and other payments under the new agreement, which still requires ratification by the union's rank and file. That includes a signing bonus of $3,500, which is markedly less than the $5,000 bonus offered by GM and $6,000 by Ford. AN also reports that the signing bonus will be paid out in two parts, one now and another when Chrysler "achieves financial stability." Other available bonuses include a yearly performance bonus of $500 and another $500 if quality targets are met, as well as a $1,000 bonus for hitting "world class manufacturing metrics."

Wages for entry-level workers will also rise, with the base rate of $14 an hour increasing to $15.78 immediately and then steadily increasing to $19.28 an hour by the end of the four-year contract. Better benefits, tuition assistance and a more generous profit-sharing plan are also part of the deal.

Finally, Chrysler has agreed to billions of dollars of new investment in its U.S. manufacturing base and expects the new deal will create 2,100 additional jobs. The biggest investment of $1.3 billion will be made in Chrysler's transmission plants in Kokomo, Indiana, which are slated to build the company's next-generation eight- and nine-speed automatic transmissions. Other big winners include the assembly plant in Belvidere, Indiana that currently makes the Dodge Caliber, Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass and is scheduled to receive a new small vehicle in the future; it would receive a $600 million investment. Chrysler's plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan that makes the Dodge Avenger, Chrysler 200 and Chrysler 200 Convertible would also get an $850 million investment.


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      Brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      Umm, its Belvidere, ILLINOIS, not INDIANA
      nightkap2
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow...you are all a bunch of dips**ts! It gives me a headache reading these moronic, half-brained people trash talking the UAW. Hey, i've got an idea...DONT WORRY BOUT WHAT WE GET!! Its none of your damn business! You act like our government came and physically took the bailout money out of your pockets... Our government uses tax money for stupid s**t all the time. But god forbid they use it to help out one of the last good paying industries in the country. Dont be mad because we get paid better, and have better benefits than most of you. If you dont like it, go form your own union and stop tryin to down ours!!
      viperbono
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do American makers a favor kill UAW!
        nightkap2
        • 3 Years Ago
        @viperbono
        Or we could kill your worthless job you dumba$$
          nightkap2
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nightkap2
          Oh good one...youre such a violent bada$$! Every guy in here wishes his name was Mike...I know I do! lol
      Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      In my opinion I think chrysler is off to a good start. I personally belive that it was a great idea for Fiat to step up and take the reins of chrysler. I followed when daimler merged with chrysler but it was sad when benz bled them dry and left them for dead. I got some tasty future ideas for them, we need a new Ram SRT instead of a V-10 how about the 6.4 hemi good for 600hp with 550lbs-ft or go ahead and do a durango srt instead of 6.4 do a twin turbo 3.6 pentastar v-6 good for 475hp and 475lbs-ft
        AMG THIS
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Great ideas. (sarcasm). Moron Lets get the all new B and C cars out and on sale with successful marketing, the 8-speed behind every RWD/AWD V6 and V8 and the 9-speed out in the transverse cars before we worry about that.
          Mike D
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AMG THIS
          They are decent, fun ideas for after they get more stable and established. Not sure if the "moron" bit is entirely called for. Would certainly like to see a nice, competitive compact from Dodge and get their other vehicles in line before they do too much of that other stuff but they're not bad ideas.
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        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        Chrysler is a nobody in China? Guess I didn't see a bunch of Jeeps there last time I was in Beijing and Tianjin. Why don't you ask how many Americans have even heard of Geely. My guess would be not too many. Before you say it, yes, I know they own Volvo but what have they really done for that company aside from buy it and keep it running?
          Mike D
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike D
          Your logic is astounding...
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          @Mike D
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          @Mike D
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        AMG THIS
        • 3 Years Ago
        USA is going to nuke China
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          @AMG THIS
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          gtv4rudy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AMG THIS
          ... and then what, genius?
          sirjaysmith
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AMG THIS
          god I hope not, the last thing we need is another damn war because we couldn't handle our own damn business.
      Robert Kyle
      • 3 Years Ago
      U union bashers...I guess you're these guys making $20/hour are really raking it in, eh? $40k/year is raping the company? Sheesh, I guess you won't be satisfied until car workers make Chinese slave labor wages. You a-holes who buy Jap, German, or Korean cars....all built by union employees in those countries.
        TelegramSam
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Robert Kyle
        @ Mike and Paul What the heck is wrong with you both? You can get perks, too. You just have to BARGAIN for them. Here's a pro-tip, if you BARGAIN COLLECTIVELY (like in a union), surprise, you get a better deal, because you have more LEVERAGE. Sounds like your main objection is that, your job doesn't provide it, so UAW employees don'y deserve it. The problem is, that the middle class is being slowly whittled away, we cannot afford to begrudge any middle class person generous wages and benefits.
        Mike K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Robert Kyle
        1) You are not counting all the perks they get. People who make more then them have to shell out a lot of money for things they get for free. They get way more vacation time, guaranteed pension, free health insurance, profit sharing, sign on bonuses. 2) Foreign automakers don't use the UAW; they are non-union Get your **** straight.
        Paul Andrade
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Robert Kyle
        +1 Mike K... they don't pay for crap... There is no way in hell I would get a raise of $4/hr in a 4 year period... but hey... the guy who has to put the tires in the car in the assembly line can get that... so now tell me how in the world is that fair? It only makes the cars cheaper quality and more expensive than what they should be...
      Rebel Ducote
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am a die hard Ford guy, but these greedy union are gonna make my next purchase be a non-union vehicle. Any brand that is non-union will due. And if the ford union doesent ratify their contract then my F-150, Mustang and Crown vic will all be traded for .....Gulp... a Kia or ?? UNIONS SUCK
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      Edward
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like that they are keeping jobs here. America is better off having 10000 workers making 20$ an hour than 5000 workers making 40$ an hour. A fair wage is one where by middle age you can buy a house, put something away for retirement, and raise kids.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Edward
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          Mike D
          • 3 Years Ago
          So in an economy where it's hard to find jobs these thousands of people are just supposed to turn down jobs and benefits offered by an American auto company and let their families starve? If you disagree with the bailouts that's fine. Get pissed at the people that gave and are giving the money out, not the ones that are working for a living.
          TelegramSam
          • 3 Years Ago
          Do the Bad American's families not deserve food on the table?
        billfrombuckhead
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Edward
        But what about about "trickle down economics"? Where did you learn economics? I guess we would be better with a 100,000 workers making 2$ an hour! ROFL Nothing is dumber or more pathetic than a working class Republican. Go lick some 1% boots.
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      Schira
      • 3 Years Ago
      All union bashers think again.... why is it a condition at these companies that you must join union in order to be offered a job. There is not even a choice offered. If you know only about button pushers as the only union jobs, you know nothing.
      Thefundu
      • 3 Years Ago
      Amazing pay and that means if he works for 7 hours a day he gets $105 atleast and the bonus on a separate check. I think, I should stop my 10 to 10 job and look to work for Chrysler...
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