UAW President Bob King said he's seeking to gain wage increases for entry-level workers at the Detroit Three in this year's contract talks.
But King also said he aims to gain a national labor pact that keeps costs down and lets General Motors, Ford and Chrysler stay competitive against nonunion competitors.
"We have proposals on the table for wage increases," King said after a speech to the Detroit Economic Club in Detroit, according to news reports. "There is room... to make gains in different areas and keep the companies competitive."
U.S. automakers on average pay traditional workers $28 per hour but can bring on new workers for $14 to $16 per hour, or about $30,000 per year.