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Substantial UAW Contract Bolsters Union Manufacturing Wages

July 17, 2019, 7:50 PM

A collective bargaining agreement at an auto parts supplier in southeastern Michigan contained first-year wage increases so large that it nudged the average union-negotiated manufacturing pay raise in the U.S. higher, according to the latest biweekly update of Bloomberg Law’s database of U.S. wage settlements.

The 1,900 employees at Faurecia Interior Systems in Saline, Mich., received an average first-year salary increase of 5.59%, according to a Bloomberg Law estimate. So far in 2019, unions have negotiated an average 2.9% salary increase for manufacturing workers in the first year of their contracts.

The high payout at Faurecia was enough to boost...

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