Freightline, UAW end dispute.
Negotiators for the Freightliner Corp. and Local 5285 of the United
Automobile Workers ended a 17-day work stoppage when they agreed to a
3-year labor contract, covering some 1,000 production workers at the
company's truck assembly plant in Mt. Holly, NC. The dispute began
after the parties, who were negotiating their first collective
bargaining agreement, were unable to agree on wage and benefit terms and
the resolution of alleged unfair labor practices.
According to the union's chief negotiator, "The agreement
brings Mt. Holly Freightliner workers to wage parity with other
Freightliner workers and provides major gains in benefits and worker
rights to UAW members . . ." The pact calls for wage increases of
8.7 percent retroactive to 1990 and 1991, an additional 8.7 percent in
1992, and 35 cents an hour in 1993 and 1994. Other terms include
resolution of unfair labor practice charges, including rehiring an
employee who was allegedly fired for union activities; and establishment
of a full-time, paid union health and safety representative.