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UAW Agreement Details Link: http://uawlocal31.org/newslinepdf/highlights1.pdf

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"The Union was successful in negotiating Malibu launch recognition award.

This recognition is for the contribution to the successful launch at the Fairfax Assembly plant consisting of $1,250.00."


Article Link: http://www.kansascitykansan.com/news/news2.txt

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Highlights of the agreement:

# Workers at the plant will receive a $1,250 bonus, which is termed a “launch recognition award” for the Chevy Malibu.

# Seniority, which had been the biggest concern for the union, will be maintained in some form. Team leaders will be selected based on seniority, and team members will pick a job within their team based on seniority, although the employee may be assigned to training. Seniority will also be based on classification of craft.

# The Skilled Trades Planning team will be eliminated by Dec. 22.

# The board repair position will be eliminated.

# The millwrights and pipefitters will be consolidated into a team for the body shop at the plant.

According to a letter from UAW Local 31 shop chairman John Melton, negotiations with management were at times “stressful,” and “tempers rose” during the strike.

Melton also said both the union and management had over 100 various demands, resulting in the strike and long negotiations.
 

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Re: GM/UAW Malibu Agreement Includes A $1250 "Launch Recognition Award" Bonus

There is no excuse - on either side - for this loss in production.
 

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$1250 for nothing. Whoppidy-do, you're building something different than you were before.

Unbelievable...

When the union botches the next launch of a vehicle do the members write checks to GM for $1250 each?
 

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Sooooooo they got awarded for striking....um...yeah.... I do not agree with that.....

At my work when we launch a new product we work hard to make it go well, the reputation and the future of the company (and our jobs) depend on it. We do not receive a "Launch Recognition Award" for doing our job. We certainly would not receive a bonus for directly hurting the company through our actions.
 

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Ok, why should they get a special "launch bonus"? For going on strike? I fear that this might set a precedent with not only that plant but with others. I sure wish I could go to my boss and demand a special bonus (I know that the strike also involved other things too) or else I am going to strike.
 

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Re: GM/UAW Malibu Agreement Includes A $1250 "Launch Recognition Award" Bonus

Well, the unions in mexico are more militant.
 

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I'm neither what anyone would call anti-union or pro-union but this seems to be anything but a real settlement - basically a payoff - 1,250 to end the strike.
 

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If a company has the money to give people bonuses for doing their jobs, so be it. But I don't consider a succesful launch a "going above and beyond" sort of thing that deserves a bonus. I could be wrong... but isn't the basically what is expected?
 

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I don't mean this to sound crass and hateful, but what did the assembly line workers have to do with this being a successful launch? They put it together, same as they did with the previous version, same as they do with the G6 and Aura. If anybody should get a Launch bonus it should be the designers that created a car for Chevrolet and GM that people actually WANT to buy!

It just blows me away that a company can be held over a barrell like this. If this was any other industry, the company would just say, ok, you don't want to work? good-bye, there are plenty of other people who will work for such a good wage as you're earning. ESPECIALLY as the economy declines.
 

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I know that I sound like a broken record, but this is just one example out of thousands on why the UAW-CAW must be destroyed. GM, I am patiently waiting for ALL your cars to be built by non UAW-CAW workers. I am counting on you GM. I don't care if they are built in China, Mexico, Brazil, etc. As a responsible team playing dealer, I am ready to crush these UAW-CAW pigs.
 

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So they blame managment when cars are a flop and do not sell well but when a well designed car that people want comes down the line they strike and want a bonus for it doing well? WOW Did the other plant assembling the car get a bonus as well?
 

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I can't wait for someone to try to convince the public that GM has no money to market its many brands properly. That argument is so beyond silly, and it has continued for years, yet GM absolutely agreed to this settlement and absolutely came up with the cash for this important (ahem) expenditure. I feel zero pity for GM for signing this, and I feel zero pity for the UAW as it watches its rank and file evaporate.

Yup, there's no money to market Saturn's new line of vehicles. No money for a CTS Coupe Convertible, either. Sure, and I understand there's a bridge in Brooklyn for sale, too.
 

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$1250 for nothing. Whoppidy-do, you're building something different than you were before.

Unbelievable...

When the union botches the next launch of a vehicle do the members write checks to GM for $1250 each?
They constantly blame GM and the engineers for not putting out a high-demand product, but when a popular product is being built in their plant- then they expect a check.

They only struck because they know it's a popular vehicle.

And they blame all of GM's problems on management..... Accepting these checks should mean accepting liability when a product fails.

The fact that the Malibu is popular has nothing to do with the people who build it. If they want the consumers to forget how the car is built and just worry about the sticker, then they should put their heads down and keep working. If they want to separate themselves from the company, then go for it.

Expecting a bonus because the design team did a great job with the car just proves how out of touch the organization has become...but then again, every week or so we get more proof that they are lost...
 

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So they blame managment when cars are a flop and do not sell well but when a well designed car that people want comes down the line they strike and want a bonus for it doing well? WOW Did the other plant assembling the car get a bonus as well?
You beat me to the punch, it looks like.

I'm glad someone else sees every time the UAW (which goes out of it's way to NOT be on the GM or American team....pretty much separating themselves from the company) expects credit for a good engineering, marketing, or business decision.

GM makes money by cutting cost? The UAW demands more money.
Engineers design a great car that sells well? The UAW want's more money.
GM loses it's ass because of entitlement programs and overpaying employees? The UAW blames management.

What a joke. Unions have past their experation date. GM and Ford need to stop depending on them.
 

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I can't wait for someone to try to convince the public that GM has no money to market its many brands properly. That argument is so beyond silly, and it has continued for years, yet GM absolutely agreed to this settlement and absolutely came up with the cash for this important (ahem) expenditure. I feel zero pity for GM for signing this, and I feel zero pity for the UAW as it watches its rank and file evaporate.

Yup, there's no money to market Saturn's new line of vehicles. No money for a CTS Coupe Convertible, either. Sure, and I understand there's a bridge in Brooklyn for sale, too.
No offense, but what other option did GM have besides signing the agreement. The UAW had GM by the balls. Now, if GM could of built the vehicles elswhere quickly (aka. global platform) I can gurantee you that they would of absolutly not signed this contract. One of the most irritating arguments that the UAW makes against GM (I understand that you are not UAW) is stating that GM did not have to sign the contract. What!?!?! Of course they had to sign the contract or GM would be completely screwed. There will come a day though that GM won't have to put up with this crap, I am certain of that. I would love to see the UAW try to strike (if they can organize) a wholly owned Japanese automotive transplant in the USA. Honda, Toyota, Nissan, etc. could just build their vehicles elswhere (with their efficiant multi-use factories) until the UAW broke down. They would NEVER pay these BS bonus checks to these UAW-CAW pigs.
 

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Re: GM/UAW Malibu Agreement Includes A $1250 "Launch Recognition Award" Bonus

$1250 for nothing. Whoppidy-do, you're building something different than you were before.

Unbelievable...

When the union botches the next launch of a vehicle do the members write checks to GM for $1250 each?
From personal experience I know that it is the hourly technicians that make or break a successful startup. Rewarding them for that success is not only a common practice in industry, but deserved recognition of their role in a companies success.
 

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Laughable to say the least. Too bad it is a nice plant, if it wasn't then close and relocate somewhere in the US.
 

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From personal experience I know that it is the hourly technicians that make or break a successful startup. Rewarding them for that success is not only a common practice in industry, but deserved recognition of their role in a companies success.
Don't you work in that plant? I mean you no disrespect but I find it unbelieveable that the union would demand this knowing what kind of problems GM is haveing right now especially when they FINALLY have a competitive product that not only has waiting lists, but doesn't require the usual mountain of cash sitting on the hood to sell.
 

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From personal experience I know that it is the hourly technicians that make or break a successful startup. Rewarding them for that success is not only a common practice in industry, but deserved recognition of their role in a companies success.
YEP.

We have a bunch of people here who have no clue about what's 'typically' involved in a new vehicle launch or automotive worker bonus compensation programs - anywhere in the world.

Also probably no knowledge concerning the same outside the automotive industry.

The faceless, nameless line workers more often than not, go above and beyond in a 'smooth' product launch - in or out of the auto industry.

We don't know that any of that happened here which is the next point ; ie we also have people with no information but plenty of opinion or really a tendency towards 'premature' ej - posting.
 

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From personal experience I know that it is the hourly technicians that make or break a successful startup. Rewarding them for that success is not only a common practice in industry, but deserved recognition of their role in a companies success.
GM is a start up? Malibu is a brand new car that no one has ever heard of? How much different is it assembling the new Malibu compared to the old one? I'm guessing not much changed in the process other the parts.

I agree that its the hourly guys/gals that keep things going, but the way it was given and the past complaining about bad products really leaves a bad taste. They got what they wanted, a strong seller, and they strike. Way to show some loyalty when really all they had to do was show up and do their job, nothing extra. I sure as hell hope the other plant assembling the Malibu got atleast the same bonus, though IMO they should get more since they didn't strike. If they did not, way to stick it to their Union brothers and we'll be seeing another strike by the other plant since they didn't get a bonus.
 
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