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    The head of Chrysler said that the carmaker’s two-class wage system has to go, setting the stage for a fight when all three U.S. automakers and their largest union head back to negotiating tables in 2015.

    The head of Chrysler said Friday that the carmaker’s two-class wage system has to go, potentially setting the stage for a fight over wages when all three U.S. automakers and their largest union head back to negotiating tables in 2015. Sergio Marchionne said Chrysler eventually needs to transition to a one-wage structure and wants to make that happen in its next contract with the United Auto Workers union. Marchionne said the current system creates two classes of workers, which as more bottom-tier workers are hired will only serve to divide the automaker’s blue collar ranks. New workers in the bottom tier make about half as much money as longtime UAW members. “When you’ve got this kind of economic disparity between people on the line, it’s not something that can go on for a long period of time,” Marchionne told analysts and reporters in a conference call following the release of Chrysler’s quarterly results. Currently, about 13 percent of Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Chrysler Group LLC’s UAW workforce falls into the bottom wage tier and their numbers are expected to swell to about 25 percent of hourly workers by the time the automakers start up negotiations again four years from now, he said. Read Full Article in Huffington Post.com Good luck. Calvin Wilson Founder and CEO Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals calvin.wilson1@verizon.net http://twitter.com/Upstart__Nation

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