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Our elected negotiating committee at Chrysler understands the economic difficulty faced by workers hired following the 2007 National Agreement. Negotiators fought for and won increases in base salaries. New hires will be paid according to the following schedule:
Health Care improvements for New Hire workers
After much resistance from the company, the UAW was able to negotiate major benefit improvements to the New hire health care program, including:
Deferred Pay plan
New hire employees hired prior to this agreement are covered under the Chrysler Group LLC Cash Balance Plan for hourly rate employees. Effective March 31, 2012, the Cash Balance Plan will be terminated and the company will begin making weekly contributions into employee accounts in the Hourly Deferred Pay Plan (HDPP).
New Hire HDPP and retirement contributions
New Hire life benefits
Your UAW bargaining team fought for language that will provide protection for UAW Chrysler New Hire members during crucial times of need. Life and disability benefits are a necessity in protecting and providing income to families when they need it the most.
Under the proposed agreement, New Hire employees shall be eligible for basic life insurance and extra accident insurance on the first day of employment. Active New Hire employees will be provided with basic life insurance coverage in the amount of $45,000.The company will provide extra accident insurance in the amount of $22,500.
Your negotiators were successful in gaining language that provided New Hire employees with company-provided life insurance after leaving the company. New Hire workers with 10 or more years of seniority, and who are at least 55 years of age at the time of separation from the company, will now be eligible for continuation of $15,000 in basic life insurance coverage and $7,500 in extra accident coverage.Work-related death benefits will be based on extra accident insurance at $22,500.
Paid Absence Allowance
The union won Paid Absence Allowance days for employees with less than one year seniority. A seniority employee who has worked at least 13 pay periods will be entitled to paid absence allowance as follows: