Concerns remain over Volvo, UAW tentative agreement involving Dublin plant

New River Valley News

DUBLIN, Va. (WFXR) — Some union workers are voicing their concerns just one day after a tentative labor agreement was reached between Volvo Trucks North America and United Auto Workers (UAW).

According to a statement shared by Volvo on Thursday, May 20, the company and union agreed on the terms of a new six-year contract that would cover approximately 2,900 employees at the New River Valley (NRV) truck assembly operations in Dublin.

A highlighted draft outlining the latest agreement can already be found on the UAW Local #2069 Facebook page.

Dozens of union members have already weighed in with their thoughts on the contract. Many of them, already deciding not to accept the agreement.

WFXR News reached out to several union members regarding their frustrations. One worker, who refused to go on camera, says health insurance is a big concern for many employees.

According to the unidentified worker, employees would have to spend more money on deductibles and medical prescriptions. In addition, he says workers would work more hours and make less money in a proposed, alternative workweek.

Meanwhile, a national UAW representative released the following statement on Thursday:

This afternoon, after reconvening for several days, the UAW Volvo Truck Council announced that they have reached a tentative agreement.

“UAW members showed incredible patience, resilience and solidarity and made even more solid gains toward fair pay, benefits and job security protections,” said UAW Secretary-Treasurer and Director of the UAW Heavy Truck Department, Ray Curry. Curry said the ratification process works. “Our members are the final authority and we worked hard after the previous agreement to achieve these results. We believe the agreement addresses their concerns.”

Our members helped us identify and achieve a strong contract through their patience and participation in the process,” said Mitchell Smith, director of UAW Region 8.

Details of the tentative agreement as is customary will be withheld until UAW members can be briefed first about their contract prior to taking a ratification vote in the days ahead. “Out of respect for our members, we will refrain from discussing details publicly until the membership at Volvo Truck can be fully briefed. Ultimately it is our members’ contract, and UAW Volvo Truck members will make this final decision as they vote, said Smith.”

Brian Rothenberg,
Director of Public Relations, UAW International

On Friday, May 21, the Volvo Workers Rank-and-File Committee wrote an open letter calling out national UAW representatives. In the letter, the emphasize that employee’s concerns were ignored during negotiations with Volvo.

To read the entire letter, click here.

Union members are expected to vote on the new contract on June 2.

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