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Talks were stalled between Chrysler, a subsidiary of Italian Fiat SpA (Milan: F), and the CAW for weeks because the company's CEO, Sergio Marchionne, weighed in on the negotiations and pushed back against pattern bargaining, the process by which the CAW and automakers synchronize their labor agreements.
CAW President Ken Lewenza said the GM agreement shows the importance of pattern bargaining in the auto sector.
The agreement with Ford was the first deal established at the Detroit Three companies and serves as a model for pattern bargaining with General Motors and Chrysler.
Such pattern bargaining has kept wages and benefits close to parity among the three carmakers, Shaiken said.
This commitment will be assessed by reference to a detailed discussion of multi-enterprise bargaining and the failure of the legislation to extend protection to industrial action taken in support of pattern bargaining and multi-enterprise agreements.
But our pensions, our standard of living and our pattern bargaining systems will be intact.
More contentious, and perhaps more long-lasting, were the struggles to require corporations to open their books to workers and the general public, the attempts to democratize economic planning, and local strategies to compel pattern bargaining at the national level.
Section 106B(3) of the 2005 Act (57) provides a defence to pattern bargaining where a party is 'genuinely trying to reach agreement' for a single business, or part of a single business.
The author traces how a combination of logistical (the economics of livestock shipment and refrigerated transportation) and political (subsidised grain shipment rates) factors encouraged the emergence of metropolitan meat packing plants in central Canada prior to the 1930s; how wartime regulation of an essential industry was instrumental in the rapid unionisation of the workforce in the 1940s; and how the oligopolistic corporate structure allowed a labour aristocracy (financially if not culturally) to emerge from nationwide pattern bargaining.
Moreover, since the late 1970s and early 1980s, the weakening of unions' bargaining power manifested itself by concessions regarding wages and benefits, seniority rules, and the breakdown of pattern bargaining (which sought to eliminate competition among workers and plants within the same industry).
Hence the zeal for pattern bargaining, which establishes a floor for wages and other contract terms.
Pattern bargaining, which is practiced elsewhere by such friends of the working man as the chairman of Texas Air, Frank Lorenzo, antagonizes labor, encouraging it to be selfish.