Union members to strike after rejecting Volvo labor proposal

Union members on strike at Dublin plant after rejecting Volvo proposal
Union members on strike at Dublin plant after rejecting Volvo proposal

DUBLIN, Va.UPDATE - (10:30 a.m. - June 7, 2021)

After the United Auto Workers rejected Volvo’s labor proposal, the union announced it will strike at noon on Monday.

In a statement posted to Facebook, UAW 2069 said employees working at the time will leave the facility “in an orderly manner after performing any tasks necessary to prevent damage to the company’s equipment or product.”

The union listed out topics that remain an issue, including wage increases, job security, wage progression, shift premium, holiday schedules and more.

You can read the full post below:


UPDATE - (10:15 a.m. - June 7, 2021)

Volvo is responding after the United Auto Workers rejected the labor proposal.

You can read the full statement below:

“It is difficult to understand this action,” said NRV Vice President and General Manager Franky Marchand. “UAW International, Regional, and Local leadership endorsed the tentative agreement, which provided significant economic improvements for all UAW-represented workers, and a package of benefits that is very competitive for our industry and region. We remain committed to the collective bargaining process, and we are confident that we will ultimately arrive at a mutually beneficial agreement.”

Franky Marchand, NRV vice president and general manager

“It is difficult to understand this action,” said NRV Vice President and General Manager Franky Marchand. “UAW International, Regional, and Local leadership endorsed the tentative agreement, which provided significant economic improvements for all UAW-represented workers, and a package of benefits that is very competitive for our industry and region. We remain committed to the collective bargaining process, and we are confident that we will ultimately arrive at a mutually beneficial agreement.”


UPDATE - (June 6, 2021)

After reaching a tentative agreement with Volvo in May, the United Auto Workers have rejected the labor proposal.

The proposal included a six-year contract that would cover about 2900 employees at the New River Valley truck assembly operations in Dublin.

“We are committed to the collective bargaining process, and remain confident that we will ultimately be able to reach a mutually beneficial agreement,” said NRV Vice President and General Manager Franky Marchand.

Negotiations began back in February.


ORIGINAL STORY

Volvo Trucks North America announced Sunday that employees represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW) rejected a new five-year labor agreement covering approximately 2,900 members of UAW Local #2069 at the New River Valley truck assembly operations in Dublin.

The company has been informed that UAW-represented employees will report to work on Monday.

“We look forward to working with the UAW to resolve whatever the outstanding issues are, and we remain confident that we will be able to reach a mutually beneficial agreement,” said NRV Vice President and General Manager Franky Marchand.

Negotiations began on Feb. 8 and the negotiating teams reached a tentative agreement on April 30. The UAW had ended its strike against the NRV plant in light of the tentative agreement and resumed production on May 3.

The NRV plant employs more than 3,300 people, about 2,900 of whom are UAW members.


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