Daimler, UAW finalize new contract

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The United Auto Workers (UAW) officially agreed to a new contract with Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) this week.

The new collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) cover approximately 7,400 hourly employees at its six manufacturing and component facilities across three states, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. Nearly 95% of the employees voted for the new agreement, which was tentatively agreed to last month.

DTNA states the new collective bargaining agreements are effective immediately and run through March 3, 2028. 

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"We are very pleased to have reached agreements with our bargaining partner, the UAW," says John O’Leary, president and CEO of Daimler Truck North America. "The new agreements demonstrate the value we place on our employees as our most important resource. We look forward with confidence to a future that allows us to focus on what we collectively do best – building trucks and buses and delivering parts for commercial vehicles that help our customers keep the world moving."

The deal includes raises of more than 25%, and the introduction of profit-sharing and Cost-of-Living (COLA) for the first time at Daimler. The agreement also will end the tiered wage system at Daimler, ensuring workers who make trucks and workers who make buses get equal pay for equal work by the end of the contract, CCJ reports.

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