Volvo Trucks North America has announced a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union after nearly 3,000 workers at their Dublin, Virginia plant went on strike.
Workers at the New River Valley (NRV) truck assembly operations in Dublin, Virginia have been on strike since mid-April after the expiration of a 30-day extension on their previous contract.
The UAW officially ended its strike at 7 a.m. April 30 after the tentative agreement was reached.
“UAW members showed incredible solidarity on the picket lines and have achieved significant gains toward fair pay, benefits, and job security protections,” said UAW Secretary-Treasurer and Director of the UAW Heavy Truck Department, Ray Curry.
The new 5-year contract would cover approximately 2,900 employees.
“The stress of a strike is never easy on a member or their family, particularly in these uncertain times,” said Mitchell Smith, director of UAW Region 8. “We can’t thank enough the surrounding communities for the outpouring of support for our striking families.”
“Out of respect for our members, we will refrain from discussing details publicly until the membership at Volvo Truck can be fully briefed. Ultimately it is our members’ contract, and UAW Volvo Truck members that will make this final decision as they vote.”
Details of the tentative agreement will be withheld until UAW members can be briefed before taking a ratification vote.
Production at the plant will resume on May 3.