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UAW workers at Mack Truck plants in 3 states go on strike

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Posted at 11:28 AM, Oct 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-14 05:10:59-04

(WXYZ) — UAW members at Mack Truck plants in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Florida call a strike for "fair pay, benefits and job protections," the UAW said Sunday.

“The last four years we have helped Mack Truck make significant profit through our work,” said Doug Irvine, President of Local 2301 and President of the Mack Truck Council. “All we are asking is that the company treat us with the dignity and respect we deserve in making them successful.”

According to a release, 3,600 workers at six plants in three states initiated the strike at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

Those six plants include: Local 677 Allentown, PA, Local 677 Middletown, PA, Local 171 Hagerstown, MD, Local 1247 Hagerstown, MD, Local 2301 Baltimore, MD, Local 2420 Jacksonville, FL

“UAW members get up every day and put in long, hard hours of work from designing to building Mack trucks,” said Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer of the UAW and Director of the Heavy Truck Department. “UAW members carry on their shoulders the profits of Mack and they are simply asking for dignity, fair pay and job protections.”

According to the UAW, members are strike, more specifically, for these unresolved issues: wage increases, job security, COLA, wage progression, skilled trades, shift premium, holiday schedules, work schedules, health and safety, seniority, pension, 401(k), healthcare and prescription drug coverage, overtime, subcontracting, and temporary/supplemental workers.