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UAW MEMBERS AT FREIGHTLINER RATIFY FIRST CONTRACT

 UAW MEMBERS AT FREIGHTLINER RATIFY FIRST CONTRACT
 DETROIT, Dec. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- UAW Local 5285 members who work at


Freightliner Corporation's heavy truck assembly plant in Mt. Holly, N.C., today voted overwhelmingly to ratify their first labor contract. Ratification of the new three-year agreement which passed by a 99-percent margin, ends a 16-day unfair labor practices strike at the plant.
 UAW Secretary-Treasurer Bill Casstevens, who headed the union's negotiating team, hailed the new agreement, saying, "This fine contract is a tribute to the dedication of the Freightliner local, as well as the solidarity expressed by other UAW heavy truck workers in the area and the international support which we received from the International Metalworkers Federation."
 "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 who struggled hard for over a year and a half to achieve this contract," Casstevens concluded.
 The agreement covers approximately 1,200 workers at the Mt. Holly plant and will be in effect until December 1994. The settlement also encompasses the resolution of unfair labor practice charges over the discharge of a union supporter and the withholding of prior pay increases from UAW members. The discharged member has been returned to work with back pay and the prior pay increases have been included in the new agreement through a retroactive payment averaging $2,300 for assemblers.
 Highlights of the contract include an immediate wage increase of 8.7 percent with additional increases of 35 cents in 1992 and 35 cents in 1993, special increases in 1992 and 1993 to bring workers to wage parity, a pension program including a 401-K plan and increased health- insurance benefits.
 The contract also provides for defined production standards, two full-time union representatives, a seven-member shop committee, a joint health and safety committee, a joint ergonomics committee and a full grievance procedure which includes binding arbitration.
 "In today's anti-union climate, first contracts have proven difficult to achieve and this one was no exception," Casstevens stated, adding, "The UAW has again shown its determination to fully support workers in their struggle for union representation.
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 /CONTACT: Reg McGhee of UAW, 313-926-5291/ CO: UAW; Freightliner Corporation ST: Michigan, North Carolina IN: SU:


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