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By the numbers: The wage reality of a Tier 2 worker Add to ...

As part of the Detroit Three's bid to ratchet down costs and become globally competitive, many employees hired in recent years receive lower wages than their peers who have been working in the industry for longer.

These 'tier-two' workers are on the leading edge of a transformation of the auto industry that is contributing to a profound shift in American society – the deterioration of the once-mighty middle class.

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