UPDATE: Volvo shares details about tentative agreement reached with UAW over contract for Pulaski County plant

New River Valley News

UPDATE 7:45 a.m. 7/2/21: Volvo Trucks North America issued a statement Friday morning about the tentative agreement reached with the United Auto Workers union on Thursday involving a six-year contract covering about 2,900 workers at the New River Valley truck assembly operations in Dublin.

“If ratified by the UAW membership, this agreement would: eliminate the two-tier wage structure; immediately take any employee currently in wage progression and hired on or before June 30, 2015 to top pay; institute a six-year progression to top pay for all employees, giving credit for years of active service; increase the new hire starting pay by more than 14 percent; and guarantee no increases in health insurance premiums over the life of the contract for the plant’s best-in-class health insurance coverage, an employee benefit which represents a cost of more than $20,000 a year per employee.”

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However, according to a statement shared by UAW #2069 on Thursday, July 1, the union members will stay on the picket line until the ratification vote on the negotiation agreement, which is expected in the coming days.

“UAW members and their families felt strongly about the need for financial stability gains in this contract and were willing to strike not once, but twice, to achieve those gains. The elected bargaining team of the UAW Volvo Truck Council worked very hard to achieve these significant  gains and they could not have achieved them without the solidarity of Local 2069 members,” said UAW President and Director of the UAW Heavy Truck Department, Ray Curry. “This contract reflects significant gains from the prior two tentative agreements.

DUBLIN, Va. (WFXR) – On Thursday night, Volvo Trucks North America announced that a tentative agreement was reached between the company and United Auto Workers (UAW) #2069.

Volvo Trucks’ statement from Thursday, July 1 says the agreement was reached on a new six-year contract that would cover approximately 2,900 employees at the New River Valley truck assembly operations in Dublin.

There are approximately 3,300 employees at the Dublin plant, of whom approximately 2,900 are members of UAW.

Last month, the UAW rejected a previous tentative agreement with Volvo Trucks.

Ratification meetings are in the process of being scheduled by the UAW.

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