The United Auto Workers plans to strike Mack Trucks operations in three states on Sunday, the first walkout at the heavy-duty truck maker in 35 years.
UAW Local 677 has 3,500 members at plants in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Florida. About 2,400 of the workers are in Lower Macungie Township in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley.
Workers stayed on the job under terms of a three-year agreement that expired on October 1. The extension was set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday. Workers voted Sept. 20 to authorize a strike if necessary.
“We are disappointed that the company failed to provide any substantial offer prior to the October 1 expiration date or during the period in which we extended the contract,” Ray Curry, secretary-treasurer of the UAW and director of its Heavy Duty Truck Department, said in a letter to William Waters, director of Employee and Labor Relations for Volvo Trucks North America.
Mack and its sibling Volvo Trucks are part of the Volvo Group of Swedish manufacturer Volvo AB. According to Adler’s article in FreightWaves.com.
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