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April 30, 2021 11:00 AM, EDT

VTNA, UAW Reach Tentative Agreement; Virginia Strike Ends

Volvo's New River Valley truck assembly plant in Dublin, Va. Volvo's New River Valley truck assembly operations in Dublin, Va. (Volvo Group)

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Volvo Trucks North America announced the company and the United Auto Workers union reached a tentative agreement April 30 on the terms of a new five-year contract that would cover approximately 2,900 employees at the New River Valley truck assembly operations in Dublin, Va.

The strike went into effect April 19.

In conjunction with the tentative agreement, the UAW ended its strike against the NRV plant the day of the announcement. Production will resume on May 3, according to VTNA, a unit of Volvo Group.

Further comment on the proposed agreement is being withheld pending ratification by the members of UAW Local 2069.

The UAW has scheduled ratification meetings “in the days ahead,” according to the union.

“Out of respect for our members, we will refrain from discussing details publicly until the membership at Volvo Truck can be fully briefed,” Ray Curry, director of the UAW heavy truck department, said in a release. “Ultimately it is our members’ contract, and UAW Volvo Truck members that will make this final decision as they vote.”

At the same time, Curry noted, “UAW members showed incredible solidarity on the picket lines and have achieved significant gains toward fair pay, benefits and job security protections.” — Transport Topics

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