I am intrigued by the fact companies will pay their non-exempt employees
MORE, and give them better benefits, than their represented employees.
Their exempt employees get paid even more than their non-exempt employees
and are given even better benefits, yet the company points to the cost of
union employees LOL
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I doubt that. Many of my highest paid union techs had associate or degrees
in electronics and earned over 100K annually. My non-exempt shop foreman
and exempt managers worked on salary/commission, based on the net shop
After my shops unionized I had smarter better paid employees that reduced
come backs for me, as well as down time for our customers, that helped grow
my business. Everybody benefited by making the shop more profitable. Those
that did pull their share of the load were let go union, non-exempt and
exempt alike. Being a union member could not prevent me from firing
anybody who could not or would not do the job at which they were qualified
I had to buy out my partner because he thought the Union would ruin our
business. He told me after I sold the business that grow from six shops in
two eastern states to twenty six in six states that he really screwed up.
Any body who says different does nto know what they are talking about.
You missed the point of my post. I said the auto manufactures talk about
the 'cost' of a union employee but they VOLUNTARY give better benefits and
pay to non-exempts. Obviously they do so to dissuade the non-exempts from
joining a union. An exempt is likely to be worth more to an employer but do
you really think a file clerk, or time keeper, is worth more to an employer
than an assembler?
When the steel industry was going in the tank the first to lose their
benefits and the first to be fired were the non-exempts, untill they too
joined the Steelworkers union to protect their benefits. The non-exempts
are joining the UAW for the same reasons.
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