Volvo Trucks Hit With Strike As 2,900 UAW Union Members Walk Off The Job
Dublin, VA – Approximately 2,900 United Auto Workers (UAW) union members went on strike over the weekend at Volvo Trucks North America’s (VTNA) New River Valley (NRV) assembly plant.
In March, the UAW’s five-year contract with the plant expired and 97% of members voted to authorize a strike.
However, the UAW optioned to keep workers on the job for another 30 days while negotiations continued.
The 30-day extension expired on Friday, April 16, without an agreement in place — ultimately leading to the strike.
It’s the first UAW work stoppage at the NRV plant since 2008.
NRV Vice President and General Manager Franky Marchand said the company is “surprised and disappointed” by UAW’s decision to walk out.
“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 NRV plant employs more than 3,300 people, about 2,900 of whom are UAW members.
According to statement from VTNA, the plant is in the midst of a $400 million investment for advanced technology upgrades, site expansion and preparation for future products, including the innovative Volvo VNR Electric truck, slated for the serial production launch this spring.
Further, the plant has added 1,100 jobs since the current union agreement was implemented in 2016 and is on track to have a net increase of approximately 600 positions in 2021.
“We are confident that we will be able to arrive at an agreement that provides a competitive wage and benefit package for our employees and families, and helps to ensure the plant’s competitiveness, long-term growth and sustainability,” Marchand stated.
The Volvo Group is the only heavy-duty truck manufacturing group that assembles all of its trucks and engines for the North American market in the United States.
NRV’s 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.