Mack Trucks, Union Reach Tentative Agreement To Avoid Strike

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The union representing workers at Mack Truck announced an agreement was reached Sunday, hours before the current labor contract was set to expire at midnight.

The United Auto Workers Local 677 said negotiations with Mack Truck resulted in a tentative agreement Sunday. The UAW told employees to report to work as scheduled unless, “you hear from your picket captains saying we are on strike.”

Every Mack Truck that is built for use in North America starts the assembly process in Macungie, Penn., at the company’s cab and vehicle assembly plant.

Mack Trucks, a subsidiary of Volvo, makes up about 8.6 percent of the market share for trucks in the U.S. The industry is still recovering from the great recession, and production has been on the uptick in recent years.

On Sept. 25, the union sent out a message to its members explaining what is expected to happen if a strike is called. The move may have been strategically released in order to show the company that they were prepared to walk off the job.

“Negotiations broke off just after 2am. Our team is working hard and will be back at it at 8:30am. All members are to report to work, as scheduled, unless they hear otherwise from their picket captain. Please check back for future updates,” the union relayed online to its members early Sunday.

By Sunday afternoon, the union sent another message to members that said a tentative agreement had been reached. It was unclear as to how many members of the workforce have been participating in the contract negotiations.

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