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New wage rates for unionized techs

August 3, 2012
Many union-free dealers track the technician labor rates paid by their unionized counterparts, to be higher or at least equal to the latter rates. The union rates changed Aug. 1, but not by the amounts a quick glance at the current contract suggests.
 
The current Standard Automotive Agreement (SAA) between certain Chicago-area dealers and IAM Local 701 has a clause stating that if dealers are required to pay a pension surcharge at any time from Aug. 1, 2011, to and including July 31, 2013, then “the wage rates scheduled to take effect Aug. 1, 2012, for all employees will be reduced by twenty-five cents ($0.25).”
 
Indeed, dealers who are party to the SAA have been required to pay such a pension surcharge. Accordingly, the wage rates originally scheduled to take effect Aug. 1 for all employees are reduced 25 cents from the wage rates listed in the SAA.
 
The following chart reflects (in the rightmost row) the revised rates that were implemented Aug. 1 for all area unionized technicians. But the wage rates involve some important points:
 
1. The wage chart applies only for dealers who are party to the SAA that expires July 31, 2013. Dealers who are party to a contract with IAM Local 701 that is different than the SAA, or to a contract that expires on a date other than July 31, 2013, should consult with legal counsel to determine appropriate wage rates and timing.
 
2. The adjusted wage rates apply only to dealers who have a contract with IAM Local 701 which includes the pension surcharge language quoted in Paragraph 2. Unionized dealers who are party to a different contract which has different pension surcharge language—or no pension surcharge language—should consult with legal counsel to determine appropriate wage rates and timing.
 
Classification
8/1/11 Rate
Original 8/1/12 Rate
Revised 8/1/12 Rate
Journeyman Techs (1-40 booked hours)
$29.25
$30.00
$29.75
Journeyman Techs (>40 booked hours)
$30.25
$31.00
$30.75
Body Shop Techs (booked hours)
$20.15
$20.90
$20.65
Body Shop Techs (frame hours)
$24.15
$24.90
$24.65
Journeyman and Body Shop Techs (holiday, vacation)
$29.25
$30.00
$29.75
8 hr. holiday = $238.00
10 hr. holiday = $297.50
Weekly Base Pay (34 hours) (JTs and BSTs)
$994.50
$1,020.00
$1,011.50
Semi-Skilled (legacy)
$15.85
$16.10
$15.85
Semi-Skilled (body shop)
$8.25
$8.25 start rate
*$0.25 increase 8/1/12 for those hired before that date.
$8.25 (not reduced due to minimum wage)
*No $0.25 increase on 8/1/12 for those hired before that date.
*Semi-Skilled (newer hires)
Start: $11.80
6 mo: $12.30
12 mo: $12.80
Start: $11.80
6 mo: $12.30
12 mo: $12.80
*$0.25 increase 8/1/12 if complete 12 months service by that date
Start: $11.55
6 mo: $12.05
12 mo: $12.55
*No $0.25 increase on 8/1/12 for those who have completed 12 months service by that date
*Apprentices (hired after 8/1/05)
1st 6 mo: $13.36
2nd 6 mo: $14.48
Next 12 mo: $15.59
Next 12 mo: $16.70
Next 12 mo: $17.82
1st 6 mo: $13.36
2nd 6 mo: $14.48
Next 12 mo: $15.59
Next 12 mo: $16.70
Next 12 mo: $17.82
1st 6 mo: $13.11
2nd 6 mo: $14.23
Next 12 mo: $15.34
Next 12 mo: $16.45
Next 12 mo: $17.57
*Apprentices (hired before 8/1/05)
1st 6 mo: $13.36
2nd 6 mo: $14.48
3rd 6 mo: $15.59
4th 6 mo: $16.70
5th 6 mo: $17.82
6th 6 mo: $18.93
7th 6 mo: $20.04
8th 6 mo: $21.16
1st 6 mo: $13.36
2nd 6 mo: $14.48
3rd 6 mo: $15.59
4th 6 mo: $16.70
5th 6 mo: $17.82
6th 6 mo: $18.93
7th 6 mo: $20.04
8th 6 mo: $21.16
1st 6 mo: $13.11
2nd 6 mo: $14.23
3rd 6 mo: $15.34
4th 6 mo: $16.45
5th 6 mo: $17.57
6th 6 mo: $18.68
7th 6 mo: $19.79
8th 6 mo: $20.91
Lube Rack Tech
$8.25
$8.25 start rate
*$0.25 increase 8/1/12 for those hired before that date
$8.25 (not reduced due to minimum wage)
*No $0.25 increase on 8/1/12 for those hired before that date
                       
*Employees who are hired before 8/1/12 into a job classification with a wage progression (semi-skilled techs—newer hires and apprentices of any hire date) will not have their wages reduced from its current level on 8/1/12, but the wage at the next progression step will be reduced by $0.25. Employees who are hired into such classifications on or after 8/1/12 will be hired at a start rate that is $0.25 lower, as listed in the chart above (third column).                        
                         
                         
Chicago-area Auto Dealers IAM Local 701 Standard Automotive Agreement: Aug. 1, 2012 Wage Rates

 
 
 

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