The United Auto Workers (UAW) union announced that nearly 4,000 of its members were on strike at heavy truck manufacturer Mack Trucks after voting down a tentative agreement that had been reached a week earlier, Chris Isidore and Artemis Moshtaghian reported for CNN.
The union reported that 73% of its workers had voted against the proposed deal. I Photo: Mack Trucks Facebook
The union reported that 73% of its workers had voted against the proposed deal.
UAW President Shawn Fain expressed support for the striking workers, stating, "I'm inspired to see UAW members at Mack holding out for a better deal and ready to stand up and walk off the job to win it."
The rejected contract included an immediate 10% pay raise, additional pay increases of 9 percentage points over the contract's five-year term, a $3,500 signing bonus, improved vacation and holiday benefits, and no increase in insurance premiums paid by members.
Stephen Roy, the president of Mack Trucks, expressed surprise and disappointment that the union had chosen to strike in response to the rejected contract.