What gains are there for skilled trades in this Tentative Agreement?

UAW skilled trades make significant contributions to the success of FCA, and there are several key improvements for skilled trades in this Tentative Agreement:

  • Wage Increase, Lump Sums and Signing Bonus: Skilled trades will receive a 3% increase to their current rate of pay upon ratification and again in September of 2017. Skilled trades will also receive 4% lump sum payouts in September 2016 and September 2018. Also, all skilled trades will receive a $4,000 signing bonus (Red book page 144).
  • Profit Sharing Improved: Profit sharing payments are now based on hours worked, and no longer capped at 1,850 hours (Tan book pages 142–156).
  • Skilled Trades Award Payments: New awards will be based on Professional Maintenance (PM) audit scores (Red book pages 289-290).
  • Skilled Trades Classification Structure Expanded: The skilled trades structure will now consist of three work groups with ten classifications among the work groups, or eleven standalone classifications. A newly-created CMM classification was created, consisting of those tradespeople assigned to the metrology, layout, and tool and gauge inspection areas. This classification will be instrumental in assuring that dimensional integrity and quality metrics are met. The rate of pay of the CMM classification will be the established rate of pay for the Tool and Die work group. The Welder Repair classification will also be kept intact in the stamping division under the electrical work group (Red book pages 184-188).
  • Improvements for Employees Assigned to Seven Day Operations:  Employees assigned to seven day operations will now receive double time pay for holidays worked, along with the ability to convert the holiday pay to PAA allowance (Red book pages 29-34).
  • Improved Apprentice Language:  The Tentative Agreement includes a commitment to place 150 apprentices in 2016, along with continued growth each year of the agreement. Language relating to compensation for time spent in school or training for apprentices was also improved (Red book pages 95-96).
  • Improved Language Regarding Outside Contracting and Full Utilization: Starting in January of 2016, the local skilled trades committeeperson and managers will jointly report on the compliance status of the Outside Contracting Review process on a monthly basis at the local LWCP meeting. Language better defining full utilization was added recognizing that full utilization is more than 40 hours and can include up to 72 hours. Contractor matching language was also improved (Red book pages 78-80, 159-160).
  • Broken or Damaged Tool Language Improved: The maximum amount expended for the repair or replacement of any one tool increased from $350 to $450, and the process for replacement was improved (Red book pages 86-87).
  • Safety Improvements: Safety improvements were made in the areas of working alone and fall protection (Red book pages 232 and 235).
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