Nissan Motor Co. gives its 9,000 U.S. factory workers a 10% raise in January and eliminates a tiered pay structure, becoming the latest non-union automaker to raise wages after the United Auto Workers union won. save contracts with Detroit automakers.
Nissan’s wage increase comes after similar movements by Toyota automobile company, Honda Motor Co., [hotlink]Hyundai engine[/hotlink] Co. and Subaru Corp. for their American factory workers. Nissan told workers Monday that the increase would take effect Jan. 8, when all of its U.S. factory workers would move to the higher pay rate, ending a practice of paying new workers less.
“These changes are anchored in our ongoing strategy to attract and retain the best talent in the industry,” Brian Brockman, a Nissan spokesperson, said in a statement.
Nissan also offers eight weeks of paid parental leave, more than the two weeks the UAW won in its new contracts. And the company already offered June 16 as a paid holiday.
Nissan and other non-union automakers have moved quickly to increase workers’ wages and benefits, like the UAW. targets their American factories to organize themselves. On his Facebook page, the UAW recently told workers at Nissan, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Subaru, You’re here Inc., BMW, Mercedes, Mazda, Volkswagen AG and Rivian Automotive Inc. that “a better life exists. It’s up to you to act. Join our movement and join the UAW.
On Monday, the UAW officially ratified the last of the contracts with Detroit’s Big Three automakers. In a statement, President Joe Biden congratulated the UAW and noted that many U.S. factories of Asian automakers have now also offered significant wage increases. “These contracts show that when unions succeed, it makes all workers better,” he said.
The UAW won a 25% salary increase and a maximum rate of $42 per hour in contracts only ratified by approximately 146,000 workers General engines Co., Ford engine Co. and parent Chrysler Stellantis SA. 4 year and 8 month agreements also restore cost of living allowances which increase total remuneration by 33%.