Caption: Brothers Justin and Derick Jewell, 22 and 24 years old. Justin is a two-tier worker and makes $16 an hour. As a traditional worker, Derick makes $28 an hour.
Brothers Justin and Derick Jewell, 22 and 24 years old. Justin is a two-tier worker and makes $16 an hour. As a traditional worker, Derick makes $28 an hour. 

At Auto Plants, A Reversal of Fortune

From: Changing Gears
Series: Changing Gears: Remaking the Manufacturing Belt
Length: 06:15

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The American Dream is that each generation will do better than the last. But the families of auto workers no longer have that expectation. As Detroit car makers sped towards financial ruin, their union agreed to a dual wage structure … plus deep cuts in benefits. Now, new hires earn about half what traditional workers make. From Changing Gears, Kate Davidson tells how this ‘reversal of fortune’ has altered their lives.

Jewell_brothers_small The American Dream is that each generation will do better than the last. But the families of auto workers no longer have that expectation. As Detroit car makers sped towards financial ruin, their union agreed to a dual wage structure … plus deep cuts in benefits. Now, new hires earn about half what traditional workers make. From Changing Gears, Kate Davidson tells how this ‘reversal of fortune’ has altered their lives.

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