Union Workers at Largest Volvo Trucks Plant Could Strike Again After Rejecting Second Deal
Dublin, VA – United Auto Workers (UAW) members at the largest Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) assembly plant could soon strike again after rejecting another “tentative” labor agreement.
On Sunday, in yet another stunning rebuke to VTNA and UAW negotiators, the rank-and-file of Local 2069 overwhelmingly voted down a second “tentative agreement” reached in as many months to keep 2,900 workers on the job at VTNA’s New River Valley (NRV) truck assembly plant.
According to the voting results posted to social media, more Local 2069 members (as a percentage) opposed the second tentative deal than the first.
The second deal was a six-year agreement which included changes such as increasing retirees’ lump sum bonus, reducing the eight year wage progression to only six years, and more flexible work schedules.
That was clearly not enough to even begin to garner support as 90% voted against common language, 90% opposed hourly language, and salary language was defeated with 91% voting against.
NRV Vice President and General Manager Franky Marchand reacted to the defeat.
“We are committed to the collective bargaining process, and remain confident that we will ultimately be able to reach a mutually beneficial agreement,” he said.
However, the question now is, will workers strike again?
If past is prologue, then they just might.
UAW workers at NRV walked off the job in April for two weeks after union and VTNA negotiators were unable to reach an agreement during talks dating back to February of this year.
An increasing number of Local 2069 members have since urged workers to strike yet again as a way to gain even more leverage in the ongoing talks.
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Further, members have also taken to social media to excoriate both VTNA and their union negotiators.
“Are you guys nuts? We are not voting for this crap. Try again!” Jill Cox exclaimed in reaction to the news of the second deal.
“WTF!!! This only proves that the leadership of this local, along with the company are so far out of touch with the people here that it’s pathetic!!” Donald Nunley also fumed.
Local 2069 members have become so incensed, leaders are now limiting who can comment on social media announcements.
A prolonged work stoppage could inflict significant damage to the truck maker as the NRV plant is the largest Volvo truck manufacturing facility in the world.
It produces all Volvo trucks sold in North America.
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