Where Have All Our Wages Gone?

By Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View

Many theories have been advanced for why unions, and median wages, aren’t growing very fast. Some say there’s a causal link, which runs something like this: The Reagan administration gutted union protections, making it harder to organize workers. Without a powerful union to represent them, workers were at the mercy of greedy bosses who ruthlessly forced down their wage packets.

UAW, Detroit Prep for Talks

By John Stoll, The Wall Street Journal

Workers at U.S. assembly plants for General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. are likely to get 2014 bonuses exceeding $6,000 each, capping a four-year labor contract under which profit-sharing checks have gone to factory employees in record amounts. But the United Auto Workers union, gearing up for negotiations with Detroit’s Big Three next summer, is prepared to argue that isn’t good enough.

UAW not in best interest of workers

By Terry Bowman and Justin Owen, timesfreepress.com

Over the last several decades, Tennessee has become a powerhouse of automotive manufacturing. With a strong market share of vehicle production, GM, Volkswagen and Nissan all show significant signs of growth. That is great news for Tennessee’s work force and state economy.

Auto Union Tells Tennessee Workers: It’s Bonus Time

By Neal Boudette, The Wall Street Journal

The United Auto Workers is trying to turn recent bonuses and pay increases for workers at Ford, GMGM -1.14% and Chrysler into pro-union votes the the Volkswagen plant here and other auto factories in the south.

UAW official: Leadership wants to eliminate 2-tier wage system

By Melissa Burden, Detroit News

A regional UAW official who has been nominated to an executive role with the union told reporters Monday that the UAW wants to eliminate the two-tier wage system which initially pays newer auto workers about half the hourly wages of veteran workers.

UAW’s gain is taxpayers’ loss

By James Sherk, Republican American

The Treasury Department has sold the last of its stock in General Motors Co. Even though taxpayers lost $15 billion on the auto bailout (including losses at Chrysler Group LLC and Ally Financial Inc., which offers financing for GM vehicles), the Obama administration put out a statement taking credit for its handling of tax dollars and the Detroit automakers’ success.