Magna International workers fear job cuts

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Some Mid-Michigan workers were concerned Thursday that their paycheck may soon see a big cut.
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magnasucks

Ithaca, NY

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Oct 7, 2006
 
I hope the workers tell Magna where to go,I work for Magna also and they were trying to cut are wages but the union wouldnt let them!They have huge profits and try to reduce all hourly workers pay while increasing there managers pay scale,they also keep hiring management personel,while the auto industry is having major reductions.Tell them you want buy-outs,they bought out 200 workers at the plant in Syracuse NY
Observer

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Oct 10, 2006
 
Operate with in the limits of your contract. I would suggest you also seek legal council on grounds you have and what manuvers you can take without putting your memberships family at the gate's of a dragons layer.
Magna isn't a family company. They are mercenary's who will do anything to show you who has the power. Money and greed is one thing they are concerned with, but to make you feel little and helpless is their tactic to controling your union.
Keep that in mind when you talk to some of the minds of Magna. They arn't as witty as they appear. There actions and thoughts belong to someone else. Magna mangers are like shadows. Alway trying to blend in and go un noticed.
Terri

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Oct 21, 2006
 

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Hi!
I've worked for Magna for 3 years now at a new plant.We don't have a union there and its been pretty good so far.Maybe at your plant you should tell the union where to go and try to co-operate with the management.It's my opinion,take it for what's worth.
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Nov 14, 2006
 

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I'm willing to bet if you worked at our plant with the union, you would never want to return to canada again.

How is your wage structure if you don't mind me asking?

How many weeks Vaction and PAA(Paid absence allowence) do you get a year?

How many paid holiday's and negotiated days off with pay do you recieve around your holidays to spend with family and friends?

I know there is a lot of difference between our countries, the biggest being you have national healthcare and we don't but could you answer some of my questions.
I am really glad things work for the workers in Canada and I hope things continue to be good for you. Some day I how you can experience what we have being apart of a union.

If you would like, I would like to discuss this more through our emails. Please email me and we can talk about things and differences and perhaps we can take both of our experiences and enhance our plants in the future.
My email is jackakline@yahoo.com
Thank you for your time and post.
The Observer
Observer

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Nov 14, 2006
 
I'm willing to bet if you worked at our plant with the union, you would never want to return to canada again.

How is your wage structure if you don't mind me asking?

How many weeks Vaction and PAA(Paid absence allowence) do you get a year?

How many paid holiday's and negotiated days off with pay do you recieve around your holidays to spend with family and friends?

I know there is a lot of difference between our countries, the biggest being you have national healthcare and we don't but could you answer some of my questions.
I am really glad things work for the workers in Canada and I hope things continue to be good for you. Some day I how you can experience what we have being apart of a union.

If you would like, I would like to discuss this more through our emails. Please email me and we can talk about things and differences and perhaps we can take both of our experiences and enhance our plants in the future.
My email is jackakline@yahoo.com
Thank you for your time and post.
The Observer
Wrench Tugger

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Dec 8, 2006
 
I've worked for Magna for 5 years now. My current wage is over $35.00 per hour with full benifits. I am a skilled trademans but not managment. The plant I work in is non-unionized. I've worked in two other unionized plants and will never return to that. I'm quite happy with where I'm at right now. In an envrionment where the auto sector is slowing down we are actually picking up and getting more contracts.
Magna

Greer, SC

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Jan 14, 2007
 
Where are the plant locations for Magna for assembly line ? We are looking at relocating . Just wondering what areas were available to apply.
Any positions in florida?
Wrench Tugger wrote:
I've worked for Magna for 5 years now. My current wage is over $35.00 per hour with full benifits. I am a skilled trademans but not managment. The plant I work in is non-unionized. I've worked in two other unionized plants and will never return to that. I'm quite happy with where I'm at right now. In an envrionment where the auto sector is slowing down we are actually picking up and getting more contracts.

“Hey there!”

Since: Dec 06

Somewhere near Knoxville

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#9
Jan 18, 2007
 
Hello, I work for Collins & Aikman in Athens TN.
Magna came in for a visit today as a possible buyer. Would it be to our benefit if we were bought by Magna?
Smiley

Since: Jan 07

Sarnia, Canada

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#10
Jan 21, 2007
 
Depends. If you're a "can-do" type of person who believes in doing a good days work for a good days pay (plus profit sharing) then you'll do just fine. If, on the other hand you're the type who relies on seniority and a strong grievance committee to keep your job, you won't be a happy camper.

Magna is now the third-largest auto parts supplier in North America, and the only one in the top 3 making a profit. They certainly didn't get to that level without the help of a lot of dedicated employees... about 82,000 at last count. It's in the best interests of those employees to keep the company profitable, because 10 percent of the before-tax profits are split among the non-management employees. The 2006 figures aren't out yet, but in 2005 my chunk of that was over $5,000.

Yes, I work for Magna. Ten years ago I was a temp... for the last 3 years I've been a lead hand in charge of about 25 employees and 6 assembly lines (and 30 robots). We assemble body modules for Chrysler and Ford, primarily. What we really do is deliver "a better product for a better price on a just-in-time basis". That's what keeps us in business. I say "us", because all of us are shareholders in the company.

By the way, any of my crewmembers would tell you that the company doesn't expect them to work hard... we have robots for that. We expect them to work SMART, and Magna spends a lot of money training their employees so they can do just that.

You might check out their website for more information, including the employee charter.
Interested

Anderson, SC

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Feb 21, 2007
 
Where are the locations in the United States ?
Is Magna Hiring ? Is it hard to get hired on?
Thanks
Johnnycakes

Syracuse, NY

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Mar 3, 2007
 
Magna in Syracuse has a ruthless reputation amongst it's workers. The Charter is not recognized by the employees. The two biggies that they talked about when they came in were "weekends are for families" and training, and all of that has fallen by the wayside. They brought in consultants, cut heads in critical areas, and now a lot of things are out of control. The workers got the impression that Magna was too smart to make mistakes like that and were trying to make the business fail. Maybe it was just a bad batch of local management. Weekends are not for families though, weekends are a good time for Magna to get free labor from the non-union employees.

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Since: Dec 06

Somewhere near Knoxville

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Mar 3, 2007
 
Johnnycakes wrote:
Magna in Syracuse has a ruthless reputation amongst it's workers. The Charter is not recognized by the employees. The two biggies that they talked about when they came in were "weekends are for families" and training, and all of that has fallen by the wayside. They brought in consultants, cut heads in critical areas, and now a lot of things are out of control. The workers got the impression that Magna was too smart to make mistakes like that and were trying to make the business fail. Maybe it was just a bad batch of local management. Weekends are not for families though, weekends are a good time for Magna to get free labor from the non-union employees.
I have a question for Magna empolyees. Are you hearing of the possibility of Magna buying some of the Collins and Aikman facilities?
Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
Johnnycakes

Syracuse, NY

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Mar 3, 2007
 
I'll look for news on that Smiley. Nothing yet though.

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Since: Dec 06

Somewhere near Knoxville

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Mar 3, 2007
 
Johnnycakes wrote:
I'll look for news on that Smiley. Nothing yet though.
Thank you very much. I would appreciate any info I can get.
lady

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Mar 11, 2007
 
Im looking to relocate to the ann arbor area with my friend in April....does anyone know where I can apply to an assembly plant with Magna? I currently work in Assembly with them in SC...can someone help???
MAGNA IS BUYING CHRYSLER

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Mar 17, 2007
 

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I hope Frank buys Chrysler and brings his Nazi style of control like he does to Magna.What would the UAW and CAW do?Go on strike?
Johnnycakes

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Mar 18, 2007
 
Why would you hope for that?
Johnnycakes

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Mar 18, 2007
 

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That sounds like a sadistic thing to say. If you worded it like you wanted Magna to prosper it wouldn't sound bad, but when you word it like you want people to suffer, that sounds bad.
kokomo uaw

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Mar 28, 2007
 
What are magna int'ls pay and benefits like?

Since: Jan 07

Sarnia, Canada

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Mar 29, 2007
 
Wage and benefit packages depend very much on the location of the plant, and the competition for skilled workers in that area. The plants that I'm familiar with here in Ontario have wage-and-benefit committees made up of mostly non-management employees who conduct annual surveys of a selection of other companies in the area, looking at wages and benefits paid to their employees. (These may be in the automotive business, or simply competing for the same labour pool.) They present a very detailed report to the company (and to the employees at monthly meetings)and our total wage and benefit package is guaranteed to be competitive. In fact, we're usually well above the other surveyed companies in total compensation. I would imagine the same would apply Stateside also, but the figures would be much different because of the expense of private health care benefits, which are paid for in Canada by our tax system.

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