DETROIT, Michigan – Daimler AG and the United Auto Workers . have approved a new six-year labor contract that covers more than 6,000 employees in the United States.
“UAW members at UAW Daimler Trucks North America went through challenging negotiations,” said UAW Secretary-Treasurer and Director of the UAW Heavy Truck Department Ray Curry. “Through perseverance and a strong voice at the table with management, they won a fair contract for workers that includes wage increases, lump sums and a ratification bonus.”
The contract includes a $4,000 ratification bonus, 3% wage increases in years one, three and five of the contract, a 2% wage increase in the sixth year, a 4% lump sum payment in year two and a 3% lump sum payment in year four. The agreement also includes increased health care benefits
The negotiariobs took place in the midst of a restructuring that will give Daimler Trucks, one of the world’s largest builders of commercial vehicles, more independence to act as a stand-alone company. Once the new structure has been fully implemented the Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans division, under the leadership of Mercedes-Benz AG, will have around 175,000 employees worldwide, while the Daimler Trucks & Buses division, will have around 100, 000 employees worldwide.
UAW President Gary Jones said this agreement represents a hard-won victory for members at Daimler Trucks North America. “UAW members and their bargaining team at Daimler Trucks demonstrated that preparation and worker solidarity can achieve fair wages and benefits at the negotiating table,” said Jones.