Now, however, it looks as though the UAW may be warming to the idea since of creating a lower-wage classification as it would mean more union members for the UAW, according to this report:
The UAW and General Motors (GM) are weighing a new class of hires. The United Auto Workers is considering the plan to encourage the Detroit Three automakers to add thousands of jobs traditionally belonging to auto parts suppliers, hoping to fuel the union’s recent string of modest membership increases. The Wall Street Journal says the catch is that the jobs are low wage, $10 to $15 an hour. The new workers would handle low skilled jobs such as organizing auto parts in bins and would not assemble cars. General Motors could be the biggest beneficiary as it would be able to better control the manufacturing process.
While the move may not be consistent with the UAW’s previous statements, after decades of decline, the union has become increasingly desperate for new members in recent years.