UAW members who work for Volvo Group’s Mack trucks are officially on strike.
“More than 3,600 hourly workers at Mack Trucks Inc., in Florida, Maryland and Pennsylvania went on strike at six plants at 11:59 p.m. Saturday seeking “fair pay and benefits,” the UAW confirmed early Sunday.
‘UAW members get up every day and put in long, hard hours of work from designing to building Mack trucks,’ Ray Curry, secretary-treasurer of the UAW and director of the Heavy Truck Department, said in a prepared statement. ‘UAW members carry on their shoulders the profits of Mack and they are simply asking for dignity, fair pay and job protections.’
This strike comes in the middle of a national strike of 46,000 UAW members striking General Motors in 10 states and 55 locations. The GM strike, which began Sept. 16, has dragged on so long that Wall Street has suggested it could harm the automaker’s credit rating if not resolved soon. Talks in Detroit after four weeks of picketing are said to be making progress.
The UAW also called a strike of 850 maintenance workers employed by Aramark at five GM sites in Michigan and Ohio. That strike started 24 hours before autoworkers went out.
All UAW strikers now qualify for $275 a week strike pay from the UAW, up from $250 a week ago. The Detroit-based union started the strike on GM with about $800 million in the strike fund and notes there’s plenty of money to sustain workers for the long haul.”
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