Over 3,600 of Mack Trucks workers went on strike Saturday at six plants in Florida, Maryland, and Pennsylvania for ‘fair pay and benefits.’
According to the United Automobile Workers (UAW), the workers are trying to resolve a variety of employment issues including wage increases and progression, job security, COLA, skilled trades, shift premium, holiday schedules, work schedules, health and safety, seniority, pension, 401(k), healthcare and prescription drug coverage, overtime, subcontracting, and temporary/supplemental workers.
Doug Irvine, President of Local 2301 and President of the Mack Truck Council said, “The last four years have helped Mack Truck make significant profit through our work. All we are asking is that the company treat us with the dignity and respect we deserve in making them successful.”
In a statement on the strike, Mack Trucks said that they are “surprised and disappointed that the UAW decided to strike, rather than to allow our employees to keep building trucks and engines while the parties continued to negotiate. The positive working relationship between local UAW leadership and management at our facilities was clearly in evidence throughout the negotiations, and progress was being made.”
This is the first time that Mack Truck workers have been on strike since 1984.
Source: CDL Life