Mack Trucks Reaches Tentative Agreement With UAW

Deal Averts a Potential Strike
Mack plant
The Mack Trucks Lehigh Valley Operations facility in Macungie, Pa. (Ryan Collerd/Bloomberg News)

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Mack Trucks reached a tentative five-year labor agreement with the United Auto Workers, the vehicle manufacturer said Oct. 2.

Greensboro, N.C.-based Mack’s previous labor deal with the UAW for five facilities in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Florida expired Oct. 1.

“The terms of this tentative agreement would deliver significantly increased wages and continue first-class benefits for Mack employees and their families,” Mack President Stephen Roy said in a statement. 

“At the same time, it would allow the company to successfully compete in the market, and continue making the necessary investments in our people, plants and products,” Roy added.

Volvo Group unit Mack declined to provide any salary increase or other details on the deal, which affects 3,900 employees.

The agreement covers the Mack Lehigh Valley Operations in Macungie, Pa. The site is a 1 million-square-foot plant with three cab assembly lines, two chassis assembly lines and a truck modification center.

Mack Trucks’ Hagerstown Powertrain Operations in Maryland develops and manufactures all of the company’s heavy-duty diesel engines, transmissions and drivelines.

Employees at the Middletown Circular Operations Facility, Baltimore Parts Distribution Center and the Jacksonville Parts Distribution Center also are covered.

The agreement must now be ratified by UAW members. The UAW was not immediately available for comment Oct. 2 on the details of the agreement or the schedule for ratification.

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