Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne and United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams agree on at least one thing: getting rid of the two-tier wages for hourly workers in the company's U.S. plants.
Marchionne and Williams formally began bargaining a new four-year contract Tuesday. The current contract expires in September.
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The UAW agreed to allow lower pay for entry level workers in 2007 when Chrysler, General Motors and Ford were struggling. Forty-five percent of FCA's 35,700 U.S. hourly workers now make the lower wage of up to $19.28 per hour. Longtime workers make $29 per hour.
Marchionne says people doing the same work should be paid the same. Williams wants new workers to have a clear path to a higher wage.