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Sat Apr 27, 2024, 08:10 AM Apr 27

UAW strike at Daimler Truck averted at 11th hour [View all]

Source: NPR

April 26, 2024 11:21 PM ET

The United Auto Workers union announced late Friday it had struck a favorable new contract deal for 7,300 Daimler Truck North America workers. The union had threatened a strike starting at midnight when their last contract expired.

A vast majority of the union employees work at plants in North Carolina, where Daimler makes Freightliner and Western Star trucks and Thomas Built buses. A smaller number of workers staff parts distribution centers in Atlanta and Memphis. The UAW first unionized workers at Daimler Truck starting in the 1990s.

Like the Big 3 autoworkers who walked off the job last fall, Daimler workers have been demanding significant raises, reviving the "record profits mean record contracts" slogan of last year's strike.

The union said the new contract included raises of at least 25% over four years, as well as cost of living allowances and profit sharing, firsts for Daimler Truck workers since they joined the UAW. Those gains are similar to what the union secured for Big 3 workers last fall. Union workers still need to ratify the deal.

Read more: https://www.npr.org/2024/04/26/1247632662/daimler-truck-uaw-strike-averted

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