- United Automobile Workers has been on strike for five weeks.
- Today, more than 3,500 UAW Workers at Mack Trucks, one of America’s largest truck manufacturers and part of the Volvo Group, are also on strike.
- The Mack Trucks boss warned in a statement that production could be delayed if the strikes, which began on October 12, continue.
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America’s $ 800 billion trucking industry is finally hit by the United Auto Workers strike.
The UAW has 400,000 active members in some 1,600 employers in the United States and Canada. For five weeks, some 46,000 General Motors workers went on a national strike. And as of October 12, some 3,500 UAW members at Mack Trucks factories in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Florida have also been on strike.
Mack Trucks is one of the largest truck manufacturers in North America. It is part of the Volvo Group, which has delivered 123,831 trucks worldwide in the first half of 2019.
These striking workers manufacture trucks and engines for the North American market. However, this market has long term headwinds as emerging markets like Brazil, Mexico, India and China become more attractive to truck manufacturers, according to a PwC report.
Meanwhile, truck manufacturing suffered in 2019 after a scorching market last year. The four largest truck manufacturers in North America, including Volvo, ordered 80% fewer heavy trucks in July 2019 than in the previous year, according to ACT Research data reported by the Wall Street Journal.
“Over the past four years, we have helped Mack Truck achieve significant profits from our work,” Doug Irvine, president of UAW Local 2301 and president of the Mack Truck Council, said in a statement. “All we ask is that the company treat us with the dignity and respect we deserve to ensure their success.”
The UAW says Mack Truck needs to deal with pay increases, job security, cost of living allowances, vacation schedules and other workforce issues.
Mack Trucks chairman Martin Weissburg replied in a statement that the company has invested more than $ 400 million in its domestic factories over the past 10 years. Mack Trucks has created more than 500 jobs in the United States as it “continues to compete with products built in low-cost countries,” Weissburg said.
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