PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The strike at Dublin’s Volvo plant is now in its third week as the impact of that strike spreads outside the Commonwealth, according to a Monday report by shipping industry media outlet FreightWaves.
A Volvo Group spokesman told FreightWaves the strike caused an engine plant in Maryland — which serves both Volvo and Mack Trucks — to reduce some work shifts.
More than 2,000 employees at the New River Valley truck assembly plant first went on strike on April 17 before a tentative agreement was reached on April 30 between Volvo and the United Auto Workers (UAW).
However, employees represented by UAW rejected the five-year labor agreement on May 16; tentatively agreed to a new six-year contract on May 20; and then walked off the line again on June 7, protesting for better pay, better insurance, and protections for retirement plans.
This news comes before negotiations are set to resume between striking workers with the UAW and Volvo officials in Dublin on Wednesday, June 23.
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