I mean is it wrong to expect a bit more spread of that profit sharing to the people at the bottom of the chain? I don't think so .. but then again it's not like I'm paid peanuts. Bottom line is everyone could use more money. Union, salaried, part time...
The UAW pay scale tops out at less than IT salaries start at the low end. Their bonuses are more generous, but they also work in a more hazardous and less appealing environment than most if not all of GMIT.
Over all their total comp is lower than the IT portion of the white collar side of GM, even if you've been on the assembly line for a decade or two.
I'm not sure what unionizing the IT side of the whole operation would accomplish. We're already compensated well for what we do, it's pretty difficult to lose your job outside of mass layoffs, if you can't cut it on your team or in your role we're usually pretty good at finding you something else to do (it's a huge company so it's cheaper to do that than fire you). The only thing I could think of is maybe scope of work and volume of work, but that's offset by 16 company holidays and 15 days of PTO (that jumps to 20 days after 2 years) and unlimited sick leave.
GMIT is not even part of UAW AFAIK. UAW is mostly manufacturing. I’m a female asian engineer who likes dressing well (skirts, fitted, fashionable items), and guess what, my boss warned me that if he ever needs to send me to a plant, he’d have to put me into a jumpsuit. And he’s been with the company for many years, so I think he knows what he’s talking about.
Yeah. Goes back to the corporate dress code of Dress Appropriately. I wear a polo and jeans most days but if I'm at the Renncen I need more businessy clothing and if I'm in a plant, I might need boots instead of sneakers.
If you disagree with UAW then certainly you'd agree to give up the UAW benefits that bleed over to salaried employees. You think other companies $60 a month for health insurance? Or give you a week off for Christmas? Or a 4 day weekend for Easter? Or 20 vacation days a year? Or 8% 401k matching?
You can't say f*ck the UAW and take a week off for Christmas.
It's one thing to dislike the people who run the UAW... But gotta separate the poeople vs the policies.
Having spent 10 years in manufacturing, about 75% of the hourly would opt out of the union if they wouldn’t be blackballed by those running their local chapters. The other 25% are the pukes that desperately need the uaw protection to cover them and bail them out for their poor attitudes, lack of worth ethic and general disregard for anything other than themselves.