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UAW to Strike Monday After Rejecting Tentative Contract with Mack Trucks

Union workers at Mack Trucks have rejected a five-year contract agreement reached with the company and are planning to go on strike starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, according to the United Auto Workers (UAW) union.

The union president, Shawn Fain, stated in a letter to Mack’s parent company, Volvo Trucks, that 73% of workers voted against the deal in the results counted on Sunday.

“As you are aware, UAW members and workers across the economy are mobilizing to demand their fair share,” Fain wrote. “Over the last three months, we have met with company representatives in an effort to address issues raised by our members. The union remains open to exploring all options for reaching an agreement, but clearly we are not there yet.”

The UAW represents approximately 4,000 Mack workers in three states. Union leaders had reached a tentative agreement on the deal on October 1.

The contract included a 19% pay raise over the course of the agreement.

“We are surprised and disappointed that the UAW has chosen to strike, which we feel is unnecessary,” said Stephen Roy, the president of Mack, in a statement on Sunday.

“We are committed to the collective bargaining process and remain confident that we will be able to arrive at an agreement that provides competitive wages and benefits for our employees and their families, while also safeguarding our future as a competitive company and stable long-term employer,” Roy added. “We look forward to returning to negotiations as soon as possible.”

Fain stated in his letter to Volvo Trucks’ head of labor relations that employees working on Monday will exit the factories after completing tasks necessary to prevent damage to company equipment.

The workers are located in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Florida.

Thousands of UAW members across at least 20 states were already on strike as the union attempted to reach a deal with the Big Three automakers.

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