‘Tentative Agreement’ Reached to End Union Strike at Largest Volvo Trucks Assembly Plant
Dublin, VA – Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) has reached a “tentative agreement” to end a union labor strike at its largest truck assembly plant.
Two weeks after 2,900 United Auto Workers (UAW) union members went on strike at VTNA’s New River Valley (NRV) truck assembly operations in Dublin, VA, the two parties have reached a deal on a new five-year contract.
“In conjunction with the tentative agreement, the UAW has ended its strike against the NRV plant, effective 7:00 a.m. on April 30, 2021,” VTNA announced. “Production will resume on Monday, May 3, 2021.”
The agreement must now be ratified by the members of UAW Local #2069.
A vote is currently being scheduled to do just that.
“Further comment on the proposed agreement is being withheld pending ratification,” VTNA said.
The UAW work stoppage at the NRV plant began on Friday, April 16, and was the first since 2008.
The NRV plant employs more than 3,300 people, about 2,900 of whom are UAW members.
At the time UAW workers opted to strike, NRV Vice President and General Manager Franky Marchand said the company was “surprised and disappointed.”
“We don’t understand why the UAW won’t allow our employees to continue building trucks while we continue negotiations,” Marchand said. “Progress was being made, and we had offered substantial increases in our employees’ compensation.”
The Volvo Group is the only heavy-duty truck manufacturer that assembles all of its trucks and engines for the North American market in the United States.
The NRV plant is the largest Volvo truck manufacturing facility in the world, according to VTNA.
It produces all Volvo trucks sold in North America.
TransportationNation.com will continue to monitor this developing story.