There is a distinct difference between: a 'two-tier' and a 'temporary hire'....why doesn't the press make the comparison when reporting about auto companies 'hiring' people....we have several 'layers', 'types' of employees.....some with 'protections' under our contract....the others operate as 'at will' employees.
There are many inside the UAW who pay Union Dues, but do not understand the implications of these multiple layers of employees. I do not see the differences being pointed out to the public.
Ask yourself: how does a 'temp' move up to an actual 'hire' (Tier 2)?
Even the UAW International is silent on this.
The devil is always in the details.http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012 ... marchionne
Belvidere plant a linchpin in auto industry recovery
1,800 new workers, 3rd shift seen as 'significant' for Chrysler, town
February 03, 2012|By Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune reporter
BELVIDERE, Ill. — — Three years ago, the American autoindustry was not just in trouble, it was imperiled, with Chrysler facing the real possibility of running out of money unless it was rescued. General Motors also was on the ropes.
Both received government bailouts and took trips through bankruptcy. Chrysler also got a new partner in Fiat, and all it takes to understand the effect on the smallest of Detroit's automakers is a visit to an assembly line amid cornfields in this town outside Rockford. That is where Chrysler Chairman and Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne, who is also Fiat's CEO, officially announced Thursday that the plant would add a third shift and 1,800 jobs by summer.
Joining Gov. Pat Quinn and a handful of union and local leaders on a makeshift podium, Marchionne addressed a cheering crowd of plant workers who will soon grow by two-thirds. He praised what will be the birthplace of the first true offspring of the Chrysler and Fiat union: the 2013 Dodge Dart compact.
"In 2009, when a new Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy, there was only one shift in this plant, and fewer than 200 people were working throughout this building, with little hope and tremendous uncertainty," Marchionne said. "Today, we're here to celebrate the start of a significant new chapter in this plant's history."
The move is evidence of a remarkable turnaround for the American auto industry, including Chrysler Group, which earned $183 million last year, its first annual profit in years. GM and Ford, the latter of which didn't need a government bailout, also are making money again.
"It's very significant," said Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst at Edmunds.com. "When Chrysler went into bankruptcy, most of us didn't think they would ever come out. When they did come out, most of us didn't think they'd survive."
The Belvidere plant will manufacture the Dart car alongside the Jeep Compass and Patriot, at least for a while. The Jeep vehicles are being phased out at the plant, with future production of one or both most likely shipped to Chrysler's Toledo, Ohio, facility, according to Krebs.
Executives did not disclose the timing of Jeep's exit but said several new products are slated to join the Dart at the Belvidere plant, which has been retooled through a $700 million investment by Chrysler.
The Dart is the first Chrysler to be built on a Fiat-derived platform. The car, which is projected to get 40 miles per gallon and sell for about $16,000, is in pilot production — a testing phase, according to executives. Volume production is expected to ramp up this summer.About 500 of the new hires are being added specifically to build the Dart, and the rest will fill the new three-crew system. The additional workers will start in July, and hiring has begun, executives said. They will be paid the automaker's new-hire rate of $15.78 an hour, nearly half what longtime union employees make.The lower wages are possible because of recent labor agreements the car companies negotiated with the United Auto Workers union, deals that help close the cost gap with Japanese and other foreign plants in the U.S. that operate with a nonunion workforce.When the hiring is complete, the Belvidere plant will have 4,500 employees.
The automakers' renaissance is still unfolding. Car companies sold 12.8 million vehicles last year in the U.S., a 10.3 percent increase from 2010 and the most since 2008. Sales are expected to reach about 13.8 million this year.