Daimler, UAW avert strike with tentative pact

Written by Ethan Bernard

Daimler Truck North America and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union have reached tentative bargaining agreements covering over 7,000 US workers at various locations in the South.

The agreement was reached ahead of the contract’s expiration at midnight on Friday, April 26.

“The four-year agreement delivers major economic gains for 7,300 workers, including raises of more than 25%, the end of wage tiers, and the introduction [of] profit-sharing and cost-of-living (COLA) for the first time since Daimler workers first organized with the UAW,” the union said in a statement on April 26.

A Daimler Truck spokeswoman told SMU on Monday that the agreements cover ~7,400 workers at Daimler manufacturing and component facilities in the US. The locations include the Thomas Built Buses plant in High Point, N.C.; Mount Holly Truck Manufacturing Plant in North Carolina; Cleveland Truck Manufacturing Plant in North Carolina; Gastonia Parts Plant in North Carolina; Atlanta Parts Distribution Center; and Memphis Parts Distribution Center in Tennessee.

“The UAW members at these locations will now be asked to vote on the new contracts, and we hope to finalize them soon, for the mutual benefit of all parties,” the spokeswoman for the German truck maker said.

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