For a long time, being a line worker for one of the Detroit Three has meant living with an uncertain future. With the health of American automakers on the rise, though, things are also starting to look up for the men and women building the cars. The latest sign that things aren't bad? Big profit-sharing checks.

According to The Detroit News, Ford, General Motors and Chrysler could end up paying over $800 million to 130,000 workers as part of a profit-sharing plan. According to The News, the economic impact of these profits in Michigan alone could exceed $400 million, besting the NFL's Super Bowl, MLB's All-Star Game and the NHL's Winter Classic for their economic impact.

This is the third straight year the Detroit Three have issued profit-sharing checks to UAW employees, and for many workers, the checks are as close as they'll get to a raise, due to the most recent contract between the union and the manufacturers. On average, employees at GM and Ford receive $1 for every $1 million in North American (not just the US) pre-tax profits. Chrysler, meanwhile, gets a similar deal, although the Auburn Hills-based company calculates profit sharing using 85 percent of the brand's global profits.


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      AlBongo
      • 11 Months Ago
      Crap manufacturing and they get a big bonus? What would they get if they actually built those cars properly?!
        jz78817
        • 11 Months Ago
        @AlBongo
        what do you do for a living? I want to post on the internet how bad you are at your job.
          john96xlt
          • 11 Months Ago
          @jz78817
          You think he works? Eating Cheetos in momma's basement is hardly "work".
        Daniel D
        • 11 Months Ago
        @AlBongo
        Thats a big bonus? What is a small one?
          darkness
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Daniel D
          Daniel D mine was 54 bucks before the restructure.
      VDuB
      • 11 Months Ago
      You mean those Chrysler workers who were caught smoking pot and drinking in the parking lot is getting a bonus? Sickening. Never buying a UAW vehicle.
      RetrogradE
      • 11 Months Ago
      YES! "Money for nothing and chicks for free. . ."
      mycommentemail
      • 11 Months Ago
      Oh man, here come all the two faced: "CEO's deserve record bonuses because of higher profits / line workers don't ever deserve any bonuses because, um, God only knows why" comments. Sigh.
      over9000
      • 11 Months Ago
      Before you know it, the majority of the manufacturing process will be moved to Korea, China, and Mexico.
      Douglas Hamner
      • 11 Months Ago
      God you act like these workers are poor little victims. Hate to break it to you but none of us have job security. Also many of those unskilled workers make 25+ an hour to do things a robot could do. If you want write a story about overworked and underpaid...write one about an enlisted service member.
        darkness
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Douglas Hamner
        Hilarious bring out the old "what about our soldiers"bs
      Master Austin
      • 11 Months Ago
      How long before we start referring them to the "American Big 2" since Chrysler now belongs to Fiat.
        MAX
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Master Austin
        Fiat is going to be listed on the NYSE so it's as American as pizza pie.
          churchmotor
          • 11 Months Ago
          @MAX
          Then that would make Toyota and Honda Just as "American" as FIAT
      churchmotor
      • 11 Months Ago
      Oh Yeah! EFF You UAW. Billions of tax payer money lost bailing you out. Screw YOU!
        darkness
        • 11 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        Cost less than your boy Cruz' govt shutdown.
      Joe Schmoe
      • 11 Months Ago
      GOOD FOR THEM! Sorry Autoblog, we side with the little and middle guys and gals, not the executives who work to crush them. No doubt the obscenely well paid executives are working, right now, to reduce employee compensation for those same employees any way they can. It's in their nature. Corporate "natural selection" weeds out people who care about others and leaves only psychopaths steering the ship. One psychopath gets voted in and hires other like-minded psychopaths. Those psychopaths are celebrated when they meet their number, people be damned, and thus they spread like a cancer. I suspect business schools are breeding these tools, but our country can't continue like this for much longer without a major backlash.
        cdb
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Joe Schmoe
        Hey Joe, what do you do for a living? Have you ever had a real job? Did you ever have to meet sales and profit goals to receive an "obscenely well paid" salary? Don't bother responding, because I can tell by what you wrote that you have not. The scary part is that some other dunderheads will read your dribble and think it has some relevance in the real world.
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 11 Months Ago
      Remember when it was hard work that got you rewarded?
        EZen
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Cool Disco Dan
        And clearly they're not working hard to assemble cars that take you and your family at 80MPH for 150k miles before major issues start... The company is doing well so the employees benefit as well. Would you prefer that all profit be shared only at the Executive level?
          rolanie3
          • 11 Months Ago
          @EZen
          I thank improvements in engineering due to brilliant engineers designing improved vehicles in a competitive landscape. They have made is less likely for these assembly line workers to ruin something with their mistakes.
          clquake
          • 11 Months Ago
          @EZen
          Being a business owner doesn't mean you're successful.
        darkness
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Cool Disco Dan
        And concessions too.
      Mr. Bader®
      • 11 Months Ago
      After reviving delivery of my 2014 cadillac ATS 3.6 last Saturday I say well deserved bounces
        cdb
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Mr. Bader®
        Mr. Bader, if you have enough money to buy a Cadillac, how about investing in spell check. "bounces"??? do you mean bonuses? and "reviving" do you mean receiving?
          cdb
          • 11 Months Ago
          @cdb
          Mr. Bader, the default language in the United States is English. You may want to adjust your "stupid" iPad. Hmmm, is the iPad stupid or the operator?
        Mr. Bader®
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Mr. Bader®
        *reciving
      jasonbooboo
      • 11 Months Ago
      Its amazing the lengths the domestic manufacturers have to go to to try and motivate a UAW work force to actually, well, WORK. Entry level engineers actually designing the vehicles make less than many of the guys with nothing but a low score highschool graduation that simply turn a wrench the same way everyday, and could be replaced by a trained monkey. And for profit sharing, if GM is doing so well, how about make it up to the American people that lost billions in tax dollars to the company? Ironic too, since one of the main reasons the big three were suffering compared to American operations from foreign manufacturers making cars right here in the red white and blue was the UAW's high cost and low hourly productivity with mediocre to poor quality control in the first place making them noncompetitive.
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