UAW Local 892 members will vote Thursday on a contract that includes major gains in wages for workers at the Faurecia plant in Saline.
A tentative deal between the union and Faurecia was reached by negotiators at Liberty School in Saline as workers picketed in front of the plant on Michigan Avenue during a short strike Friday afternoon.
There are major raises for workers across the board – and particularly those at the bottom of the payscale.
“It’s a great contract for all of the membership. There are raises across the board for all employees. There’s also language about forced overtime that will prevent the company from forcing workers to work seven days a week, 12 hours a day,” UAW Local 892 president Larry Robinson said.
Workers went on strike shortly after midnight Friday. The strike lasted less than 12 hours – but a point was made, Robinson said.
“I think it showed we’re a force to be reckoned with – that when we stand together in solidarity, we can achieve great things,” Robinson said.
Currently, an operator with less than one year of experience currently makes an hourly wage of $13-$13.25. According to information distributed to workers by the union, by the fourth year of this contract, that number will rise to $20.25. The tentative agreement is nod toward wage parity, regardless of tenure. Operators with four years or more experience currently make $17.50. Their wages will rise to $20.25 by year three of the deal.
The deal calls for PC&L workers to make an additional 30 cents per hour.
Process technicians, who currently make an hourly wage of $22 will see an immediate $1.25 raise. They’ll make $24.75 per hour by the end of the deal.
Skilled trade workers, currently making $32 an hour, will see that number rise to $36.
Raises will be retroactive to June 1, the day the last contract expired. There will be no increases in health care costs, according to the union.
There’s a signing bonus of $2,500 – with $1,500 on ratification and $1,000 coming in January.
The union has also negotiated for a full-time health and safety rep.
Other gains include vacation rollover, breaks for AWS employees, no forced Saturdays unless scheduled by lunch on Friday, and no forced shifts over 10 hours for traditional shifts.
The union will hold information meetings June 26 at 7:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the UAW hall on Woodland Drive.
Membership will vote at the union hall from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday. Four years ago, membership rejected the first tentative deal struck by negotiators. But with the union having achieved significant wage gains this time around, Robinson feels confident membership will approve this deal.
“We’ve made real progress. This is one of the best contracts in the industry. I’m pretty confident,” Robinson said.
There are an estimated 1,900 workers at Faurecia, which produces interior parts for Ford, FCA and Tesla.