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UAW strike at Daimler Truck averted at 11th hour : NPR

  

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Via:  kavika  •  4 weeks ago  •  9 comments

By:   Andrea Hsu (NPR)

UAW strike at Daimler Truck averted at 11th hour : NPR
More than 7,000 Daimler Truck workers, most of them in North Carolina, had threatened to go on strike. The UAW says the workers will get raises of at least 25% plus cost of living allowances.

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April 26, 202411:21 PM ET

Andrea Hsu

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Union workers at Daimler Truck who make Freightliner and Western Star trucks and Thomas Built buses in North Carolina won significant raises and cost of living allowances. Karen Bleier/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Union workers at Daimler Truck who make Freightliner and Western Star trucks and Thomas Built buses in North Carolina won significant raises and cost of living allowances.

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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.

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Earlier Friday, Daimler Truck issued a statement saying it was engaged in good faith negotiations with the UAW, working toward new contracts that would benefit both sides and "allow Daimler Truck North America to continue delivering the products that enable our customers to keep the world moving."

The culmination of the talks comes just a week after the UAW scored a momentous victory in another Southern state, winning a union election at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. It was the union's third attempt at organizing the plant, after the first two ended in narrow defeats.

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On May 13, workers at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Ala., will begin voting on whether to join the UAW.

Once part of the same company, Daimler Truck split with Mercedes-Benz in 2021. Still, an outcome seen as favorable to workers in North Carolina could give the UAW a boost not only in the upcoming Mercedes-Benz election, but also union drives underway at Hyundai, Toyota, and Honda, other foreign-owned auto plants in the South.

The UAW pledged earlier this year to spend $40 million on organizing efforts through 2026, with a focus on the South.

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Kavika
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1  seeder  Kavika     4 weeks ago

The UAW is moving to unionize all the car companies in the southern states. This is another step in that goal.

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @1    4 weeks ago

now those workers can afford to help their kids afford to go to college, so that they're not stuck being maga dipshits...

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.1  Texan1211  replied to  devangelical @1.1    4 weeks ago

Won't Wonderful Biden pay for their college like he has for millions of others?

in the famous words from one of the left's shining stars:

"You just pay for it!"

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1.2  devangelical  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.1    4 weeks ago

thanks for the example.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.1.3  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @1.1.2    4 weeks ago

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Texan1211
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1.1.4  Texan1211  replied to  devangelical @1.1.2    4 weeks ago
thanks for the example.

No, thank you for making it so easy!

 
 
 
Ronin2
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2  Ronin2    4 weeks ago

They are just going to put themselves on the unemployment line faster down the road.

Automation will replace them (the need for that was just sped up); and Brandon's demand for the change to EV's- doesn't take as many workers to produce them.

But they should celebrate- they just made their company's product far more expensive.

Always a great thing in any competitive market./S

 
 
 
Kavika
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3  seeder  Kavika     4 weeks ago
They are just going to put themselves on the unemployment line faster down the road.

They are currently competing against union build cars.

Automation will replace them (the need for that was just sped up); and Brandon's demand for the change to EV's- doesn't take as many workers to produce them.

The automation change as been on going for some time and was not going to stop. The contract address the move to EV production and the new jobs being opened by EV (battery plants) will be a gain.

Always a great thing in any competitive market./S

Competition makes the world go round.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
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3.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Kavika @3    4 weeks ago
the new jobs being opened by EV (battery plants) will be a gain.

Construction has started on one of those plants near my parents' home in WV.  Hopefully, it will replace some of the jobs that were lost when the aluminum plant there cut production.  The town where I went to high school was named as one of America's new "ghost towns" by USA Today, due to those cuts in production and permanent layoffs.

 
 

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