LIVONIA (WWJ) – Union workers at Awrey Bakeries have agreed to a wage cut. The $1 an hour cut means the 102-year-old company will stay open, for now.
The union voted 97-38 to approve the wage cut on Tuesday, including a second cut of 85 cents which will take place in September.
Workers, though, will get some of that money back if Awrey’s can meet certain profit targets over the next year. A union representative said if the company earns $125,000 in net profit in the next two quarters, employees will receive 50 cents back in hourly wages after six months. If the following two quarters yield similar results, employees will get another 50 cents.
The Livonia-based bakery had been seeking a $2 an hour pay cut for employees, which was voted down twice.
Awrey’s has been in business for over 100 years, making bread, cakes, donuts, pastries and muffins. The bakery has called Livonia home since 1967, when it relocated from Detroit to its current location on Farmington Road.
The Awrey family sold the business in 2005 to Hilco Equity of Chicago and Monomoy Capital Partners to help the company emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. For their part, Monomoy Capital Partners on their website says they turned Awrey’s “from a broken family-owned business to a successful, vibrant and profitable enterprise.”