UPDATE: Strike ends at Dublin’s Volvo plant after Volvo, UAW reach ‘tentative agreement’

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UPDATE 11:12 a.m.: A representative for the National United Auto Workers union shared a statement with WFXR News Friday morning after the UAW Volvo Truck Council announced they reached a tentative agreement over Volvo’s Dublin facility.

“UAW members showed incredible solidarity on the picket lines and have achieved significant gains toward fair pay, benefits and job security protections,” said UAW Secretary-Treasurer and Director of the UAW Heavy Truck Department, Ray Curry.

According Curry, the strike will be suspended and Volvo Truck workers will return to their regular shifts on Monday, May 3.

“The stress of a strike is never easy on a member or their family, particularly in these uncertain times,” said Mitchell Smith, director of UAW Region 8. “We can’t thank enough the surrounding communities for the outpouring of support for our striking families.”

However, the union will withhold details of the tentative agreement until UAW members can be briefed before taking a ratification vote in the next few days.

“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,” Friday’s statement said.


DUBLIN, Va. (WFXR) — On Friday morning, Volvo Trucks North America and the United Auto Workers union made a deal over the terms of a new five-year contract covering approximately 2,900 employees at the New River Valley truck assembly operations, bringing an end to the strike at the Dublin plant.

This comes after more than 2,000 Volvo employees with the union walked off the job on April 17, seeking wage increases, job security, wage progression, skilled trades, shift premium, holiday schedules, work schedules, health and safety, seniority, pension, 401(k), healthcare, prescription drug coverage, and overtime.

According to the statement released by Volvo, in conjunction with the tentative agreement, the UAW ended its strike against the NRV plant at 7 a.m. on Friday, April 30. 

Production is set to resume at the Dublin facility on Monday, May 3, Volvo says.

The company says further comment on the proposed agreement is being withheld pending ratification by the members of UAW Local #2069.

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