Volvo Trucks Rethinking Path Forward After Vote on Deal to End UAW Strike Fails Again
Dublin, VA – A third “tentative” labor agreement to end an ongoing work stoppage at Volvo Trucks North America’s (VTNA) largest assembly plant has once again been rejected.
On Friday, United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2069 rank-and-file voted down yet another deal recently reached between VTNA and UAW negotiators.
The deal would have put 2,900 workers back on the job at Volvo’s New River Valley (NRV) truck assembly plant.
Workers rejected hourly language by a 60-40% margin, common language also by a 60-40% spread, and salary language by a 67-33% tally.
VTNA NRV leadership reacted to the third rejection in the months-long bitter dispute with disappointment.
“Given the significant wage gains and first-class benefits this agreement delivered, and the strong support it garnered from UAW leadership at every level, this outcome is unexpected and very disappointing,” said NRV Vice President and General Manager Franky Marchand. “Now that our employees have rejected three successive agreements endorsed by the leaders they elected to represent them, we need to consider our next steps.”
Workers have been on strike — for the second time this year — since June 7 after overwhelmingly voting down the second “tentative” labor deal.
Calling the ongoing strike “unnecessary,” Marchand lamented that the situation is “hurting our customers, and has already set back our project to expand and upgrade the facility.”
He also hinted VTNA may soon pursue a different path.
“No one is gaining from the current situation, and we will consider all options related to the bargaining process,” he said.
Meanwhile, a statement from UAW left little ambiguity.
“The strike will continue,” the union said. “The elected UAW Local 2069 Bargaining Committee will continue to work to negotiate a fair contract that reflects the value of this hardworking membership.”
At this point, it’s anyone’s guess how and when this standoff will end.