In an effort to pump ever-greater productivity and profits out of auto workers, Chrysler is implementing a so-called Alternative Work Schedule (AWS) at its stamping, assembly and parts plants throughout the country. The schedule, which has been sanctioned by the United Auto Workers union, establishes regular 10-hour work days with no overtime pay.
The AWS is also known as the 3-2-120 schedule because three crews work two shifts for 120 hours a week. At the Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit, the “A” crew works 10 hours a day on day shift from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The “B” crew works 10 hours on night shift 6 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday through Saturday. The “C” crew works 10 hours on the night shift Monday and Tuesday and 10 hours on the day shift Friday and Saturday.
The schedule, which was imposed by the Obama administration in the 2009 restructuring of Chrysler and GM, allows the company to run its plant longer, adding the equivalent of an extra 49 days of production annually compared with traditional plant schedules.
It also allows the company—whose third-quarter profits jumped 80 percent to $381 million—to cut tens of millions in labor costs by eliminating overtime payments for working more than a 40-hour week and on Saturday, which previously paid time and a half.
You may remember the effort of the Bully Boy Bush administration to 'reclassify' certain non-salary employees as "managers" so that they wouldn't get overtime pay. And that was called out and Bush had to back down.
But Barack lets it happen.
And the union sells out its own workers.
The end of the 40 hour work week, this is how it begins.
And grasp that we already work more hours than European nations. In Europe, they fought for workers rights and got real victories (which the austerity programs hope to overthrow).
We have so little with regards to workers rights and now we're going to lose even that. And it will take place without objection.
You hear so many assholes telling you that this was major and big but check the archives because I did, in real time they weren't saying much. When Bill Clinton was in office, they had very little to say. It's the same with Marian Aldeman Wright or whatever that loon's name is. She always wants to whine about what was done to the working poor under Clinton. But she was keeping quiet then. And at one point, when she could have used her voice, she was instead focusing on gang violence.
That's fine but don't come back and pretend like you were leading the battle.
Same thing here. 10 years from now a lot of liars are going to treat the end of the 40 hour workweek as a major thing but right now when they could be effecting change. Not a word.
Hillary is 44 has a new post today, "Advice For Republicans: Jump The Cliff Or Jump The Shark."
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"