Union Members Overwhelmingly Reject 5-Year Labor Deal at Largest Volvo Trucks Plant
Dublin, VA – United Auto Workers (UAW) members at the largest Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) assembly plant are headed back to the negotiating table.
On Sunday, UAW 2069 members working at VTNA’s New River Valley (NRV) truck assembly operations in Dublin, VA, overwhelmingly voted down a tentative 5-year labor agreement that was reached in April following a two-week strike.
“The tentative agreement, negotiated during an April strike, voted against common language by a 91% margin; hourly language was defeated by 91% margin; and salary language was defeated by 83%,” the UAW said in a statement.
The results of the vote are not at all surprising.
Earlier this month, Transportation Nation Network reported NRV plant workers were outraged after union leadership ordered them back on the job without a vote ratifying the tentative agreement or even revealing the terms of the new deal.
Following Sunday’s vote, UAW 2069 members took to social media to congratulate one another.
“Now that’s solidarity,” wrote Eric Rasmussen.
“I’m very proud of the 2069 UAW members!!!” Charlie Barbettini added.
The two parties will resume negotiations “shortly,” according to the UAW.
“We look forward to working with the UAW to resolve whatever the outstanding issues are, and we remain confident that we will be able to reach a mutually beneficial agreement,” said NRV Vice President and General Manager Franky Marchand.
Further, VTNA said UAW-represented employees will report to work on Monday, May 17.
The NRV plant employs more than 3,300 people, about 2,900 of whom are UAW members.
TransportationNation.com will continue to follow this ongoing story.