Mack Trucks and the United Auto Workers have reached a tentative deal on a new five-year contract for workers. Compared to the last deal, it’s an extra year.
The new deal between Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) and the United Automobile Workers (UAW) is six years longer than the old one. After a five-week strike in 2021, this deal was made.
Mack is a branch of VTNA, which is part of Volvo Group North America and has its headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Most of the people who work for Mack in Lower Macungie Township make Class 8 trucks. The company’s Lehigh Valley Operations in Pennsylvania are made up of the assembly plant and the remanufacturing business, both of which are in Middletown.
The company also has a place to store and ship parts in Baltimore, Maryland, and another in Jacksonville, Florida. In Hagerstown, Maryland, there is a plant where engines for Volvo and Mack are made.
Will UAW get to organize a medium-duty truck plant in Virginia?
The four-year deal that was made during a 12-day strike in 2019 was just about to end when the deal was announced early Monday morning. The only thing known about the deal is how long it will last until the 3,900 Mack workers in three states vote to approve it.
Mack President Stephen Roy stated in a news release that the terms of this tentative agreement would provide significantly increased wages and maintain first-class benefits for Mack employees and their families. The company would be able to successfully compete in the market and continue making necessary investments in our people, plants, and products.
The union’s attempts to organize Mack’s Roanoke Operations in Virginia, where the company will start making medium-duty trucks in 2020, are something important to watch.
Mack went back to making medium-duty trucks after the last UAW deal was settled. The battery-powered version of the Class 6-7 MD Series is set to go into production soon. The company hasn’t said anything about where the plant will be. The Class 8 LR electric is made at Mack’s main construction plant in Pennsylvania.
Company and UAW mum on details pending ratification voting
The only information on the union’s website was that workers should go to work on Monday.
On the Facebook page for Local 677, there were only a few posts from members who didn’t understand why they were being asked to keep working without learning more about the deal. Twelve of the fifteen comments on the page were “likes.”
Mack and Volvo are the only two big heavy-duty truck companies that build all of their cars for North America in the United States.
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