UAW workers at North Carolina Daimler Trucks North America facilities ratify new contract


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DETROIT – UAW members at Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) facilities located in Cleveland, Mt. Holly and Gastonia, North Carolina, ratified a new four-year collective bargaining agreement today. DTNA and the UAW worked together to achieve a contract that rewards workers for several years of consistently increasing market share and quality production, while increasing the competitiveness of DTNA’s truck manufacturing plants based in North Carolina.

The contract includes a $7,000 ratification bonus and 3 percent wage increases the first and third years of the agreement, with 3 percent lump-sum bonuses in the second and fourth years. Other economic gains include an increased night shift premium and an attendance bonus program.

Faced with the increasing cost of providing health care benefits to retired workers, the UAW and DTNA worked together to establish a Voluntary Employee Benefit Association (VEBA) that will secure retiree benefits for the long term. The contract, including the VEBA agreement for future retirees, becomes effective, upon Daimler Supervisory Board approval. Upon court approval, current retirees will also be included in the VEBA and DTNA will provide additional funding.

“The new four-year agreement between Daimler Trucks North America and the UAW serves the mutual benefit of our company, valued workers and retirees,” said Martin Daum, president and CEO, Daimler Trucks North America. “The ongoing close collaboration with the UAW has resulted in a contract that will help assure Daimler Trucks North America’s continued manufacturing excellence and market leadership.”

“The UAW is thankful to have this collaborative relationship with Daimler Trucks North America,” said UAW Region 8 Director Gary Casteel, who has responsibility for the Daimler Truck North America facilities in the South. “Daimler Trucks North America is an example of a company that respects workers’ rights and has reaped the rewards of working together with its unions and employees.

“Instead of walking away from its responsibility to its retirees, Daimler Trucks North America stayed at the table with the UAW until we found a solution to a problem that is plaguing our nation, and retirees from Daimler Trucks North America will have a brighter future as a result,” Casteel added.

About Daimler Trucks North America
Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. It manufactures, sells, and services commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star, Detroit, and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a business unit of Daimler AG, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

About the UAW
The UAW has more than 390,000 members and more than 750 local unions across America. Since its founding in 1935, the UAW has developed partnerships with employers and supported industry-leading wages and benefits for its members.

For more information:
Michele Martin, [email protected], (313) 926-5291
David Giroux, [email protected], (503) 745-6435

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