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    :: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 ::

    In shift: Auto workers fleeing to health-care jobs - By Jeffrey McCracken, WSJ via Washington Observer Reporter
    Detroit's auto makers would like to replace many of their older employees with workers they hope can be hired under a cheaper labor agreement. The manufacturers are seeking to offer new employees, as well as thousands of temporary workers already on jobs at the plants, a "second tier" wage-and-benefit package. Union representatives confirm those discussions. People familiar with the talks say the UAW is more likely to agree to lower compensation for a limited number of jobs, such as janitors or material handlers.

    A centerpiece of the auto makers' strategy is their bid to persuade younger workers to leave UAW jobs, often helping them find professions that pay comparable amounts. The manufacturers are holding up these efforts as an example of socially responsible cost-cutting, and perhaps as a key to restoring their labor competitiveness.
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