The union representing workers at a Warren automotive technology company is telling members that an unsolicited offer by management to raise pay is a sign that we are “truly living in unprecedented times.”

A letter to members of IUE-CWA Local 717 says that for the first time in at least 25 years, management is talking about raising the starting wage outside of normal bargaining.

Local 717 represents workers at the former Delphi Automotive, which in 2018 became Aptiv, a global technology company serving the automotive sector.

Aptiv designs and manufactures vehicle components and provides electrical and electronic and active safety technology solutions to the global automotive and commercial vehicle markets.

“The uncertainty of the supply chain and global shortages of raw materials in just about every business segment in our Ohio operations are not the only shortages this company is dealing with. The discussions held were about the shortage of new applicants for many open positions.” according to the union letter.

Under an agreement with Aptiv, the union says starting wage will be raised to $15.00 per hour and anyone below that starting rate will be raised to $15.00 immediately following ratification by the entire membership.

In addition, raises due in October will still go into effect, according to the union.

Union leaders say they also convinced Aptive to give a one-time $500 payment to members not affected by the starting rate increase.