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Mack reaches tentative deal with UAW to avoid strike

Oct. 2, 2023
Mack Trucks avoided 3,900 workers from striking by reaching a tentative agreement the UAW. The union has also made headway with Stellantis, while more UAW members strike at Ford and GM.

As the United Auto Workers strike against the Big Three expands, Mack Trucks has avoided its own production shutdown by reaching a tentative agreement with its union workers.

The previous contract expired at Midnight on Oct. 1. According to UAW President Shawn Fain, "Our members at Mack voted by 98% to authorize a strike."

Prior to the previous contract, about 3,500 UAW workers across six Mack Trucks manufacturing facilities walked out in 2019. The strike lasted for less than two weeks before the members agreed to a new four-year deal.

According to Mack, the five-year contract will benefit 3,900 workers across plants in three states—Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Florida—as well as the truck maker's customers.

Mack, owned by Sweden-based Volvo Group, makes medium- and heavy-duty trucks for over-the-road and vocational applications. They include the Class 8 Mack Anthem and Granite, and Mack MD Series (Classes 6 and 7). The Greensboro, North Carolina-based OEM also produces the zero-emissions Mack LR Electric for refuse applications, and MD Electric for medium-duty applications.

"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 stated in a release. "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."

The next step is for UAW members to ratify the deal, once the union schedules a meeting.

During a Facebook Live on Sept. 29, Fain went on the offensive against Mack.

"Sadly, Mack Truck is following the same tired playbook as so many of our other employers," he said. "They're dragging out bargaining until the very last minute. The company took three weeks to respond to our economic demands and then they put a long list of concessions on the table."

Big Three, UAW still at odds

On the automotive side, the UAW is ratcheting up the pressure against Ford and General Motors leadership. On that same livestream, Fain also announced two more strikes at the automakers' assembly plants: Ford's in Chicago and GM's in Lansing, Michigan. About 7,000 workers will be impacted.

Once that happens, 25,000 UAW members will now be on strike. Previous strikes began on Sept. 15, with X plants and 38 parts centers involved.

Stellantis avoided UAW's ire by negotiating on cost-of-living raises and workers' right to strike.

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Hitch was previously senior editor for FleetOwner, and covers everything related to trucking and commercial vehicle equipment, including breaking news, the latest trends and best practices. He previously wrote about manufacturing and advanced technology for IndustryWeek and New Equipment Digest.

Prior to that he was editor for Kent State University's student magazine, The Burr, and a freelancer for Cleveland Magazine. He is an award-winning journalist and former sonar technician, where he served honorably aboard the fast-attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN-723).