/ Mercedes-Benz, News / Unions in Portland, Oregon, Hope to Revive Talks With Daimler and End Strike

Unions in Portland, Oregon, Hope to Revive Talks With Daimler and End Strike

Linked In Share
Unions in Portland, Oregon, Hope to Revive Talks With Daimler and End Strike

Workers at a Daimler truck plant in Portland, Oregon, said they plan to restart contract talks with the automaker and hopefully avoid a lengthy strike.

The Swan Island truck plant has four labor unions representing it and two of them has started a strike early Monday, July 1st, due to a pay dispute. The lead negotiator for the unions, Joe Kear, said that he will try to restart talks with the German automaker and hopefully limit the damage of the strike.

“It’s not helpful to anybody,” Kear said. “Everybody is going to have some kind of economic consequence from the strike. So we’re just going to indicate that we’re willing to talk.”

This week the automaker stopped production at the plant, which manufactures 30 Western Star-branded vehicles daily, and it has also cut off the medical benefits to all workers on strike. Talks between Daimler and the unions, regarding a three-year labor deal, have started on June 10th, according to Kear.

The plant’s workers asked for a $4 per hour increase, citing an increase in productivity of 25% since the contract talks in 2010 and four years of salary freezes. Daimler offered a $1.30 hourly wage increase, but also rose medical costs, including copays and deductibles. The Machinists Local 1005 and International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 1094 unions refused the deal and went on strike, while the other two unions accepted the deal.

“The employees took it as a slap in the face,” Kear said, adding that the higher medical costs were “wiping out a good portion of the raise.”

Source: Reuters

by Ana Cezara Savin (my Google+) - Thursday, July 4th, 2013 - filed under Mercedes-Benz, News. Image credit: .
Linked In Share
Related Articles
daimler oregon portland strike truck plant


Discuss: Unions in Portland, Oregon, Hope to Revive Talks With Daimler and End Strike

Leave a Reply















Inautonews Facebook PageInautonews RSS FeedInautonews TwitterInautonews Youtube Channel

Sign up to receive our email newsletter on your email. It's safe. No spam!

McLaren denies Dennis now sole team owner
McLaren denies Dennis now sole team ownerDec.13 (GMM/Inautonews.com) McLaren has denied Bernie Ecclestone's claim that Ron Dennis has bought back majority ownership of ...
Meet the Tata Super Nano by JA Motorsport
Meet the Tata Super Nano by JA MotorsportThe hottest version of the Tata Nano has been officially unveiled by JA Motorsport, as the model in question is coming with 230 ...
Infiniti Q60 Concept teased for NAIAS
Infiniti Q60 Concept teased for NAIASInfiniti has released a teaser image depicting the Q60 Concept which will be officially presented to the public at the 2015 ...
2016 Audi Q7 leaked in first images
2016 Audi Q7 leaked in first imagesThe first official images with the second generation of the Audi Q7 have surfaced online ahead of an imminent online reveal. The ...
Next-gen BMW 5-Series spied for the first time ever
Next-gen BMW 5-Series spied for the first time everThe next generation of the BMW 5-Series has been caught on camera in a premiere by our spy photographers as it has been testing ...
2016 Skoda Superb spied
2016 Skoda Superb spiedJust a day after Skoda has released the first images with the new Superb generation, our spy photographers have managed to ...
First unit of the Ferrari Sergio gets delivered in Abu Dhabi
First unit of the Ferrari Sergio gets delivered in Abu DhabiThe first production unit of the recently unveiled Ferrari Sergio has been delivered to Abu Dhabi. Officially unveiled just a ...
Ferrari 458 FXX Speciale A rendered
Ferrari 458 FXX Speciale A renderedThe first rendering with the so-called Ferrari 458 FXX Speciale A (Aperta) has recently hit the web and it is previewing a ...
Koenigsegg to beat Porsche 918 Spyder’s Nurburgring record
Koenigsegg to beat Porsche 918 Spyder’s Nurburgring recordKoenigsegg is looking to beat the official time of the Porsche 918 Spyder on the Nurburgring and to steal the crown from the ...
[VIDEO] McLaren F1 goes off-roading in Italy
[VIDEO] McLaren F1 goes off-roading in ItalyDid you ever wonder what a classic McLaren F1 would look like off the road? Well, if the answer is “yes”, than you have come ...
See a Ferrari F430 Spider underwater
See a Ferrari F430 Spider underwaterA Croatian owner of this Ferrari F430 Spider has managed to crash his ride in Austria recently as it ended up in a pond. An ...
Incredible find of the year: $18 million classic car collection was rusting in a 100-year-old French barn
Incredible find of the year: $18 million classic car collection was rusting in a 100-year-old French barnYou’re not a true classic car aficionado if you never dreamed of stepping over an amazing location that had tucked away for ...
BMW 218i Coupe gains 3-cylinder engine
BMW 218i Coupe gains 3-cylinder engineBMW has recently added a new entry-level version of the 2-Series Coupe, the 218i, which will pack a 3-cylinder petrol engine ...
Russia: Nissan doubles local production in bid to counter falling profits
Russia: Nissan doubles local production in bid to counter falling profitsThe Japanese automaker, Nissan Motor, has chosen to increase its Russian production in a bid to counter the disastrous effects of ...
Bugatti Chiron to get 500 km/h speedometer
Bugatti Chiron to get 500 km/h speedometerThe Bugatti Veyron successor, the so-called Chiron, is expected to get a new speedometer which will show a top speed of 500 ...
Read more automotive news


2013 Frankfurt Motor Show Live Images

tata super nano tuning ja motorsport 1
2016 audi q7 1
Spy-Shots of Cars
Spy-Shots of Cars
ferrari f430 spider lake pond 1
classic_car_collection
bmw 218i coupe 1
2015 Fiat Doblo 1
Romeo Ferraris Cinquone 1
Audi RS3 Sportback 1
2016 skoda superb 1
VW-E-Load-Up-1

More automotive from inautonews
The hottest version of the Tata Nano has been officially unveiled by JA Motorsport, as the model in question is coming with 230 HP. The Tata Nano has recently become one interesting ride thanks to JA Motorsport, from a dull vehicle, as the company has added several goodies to it. The model in ...
read more
Inautonews Editors Section
Test Drive: Ford Fiesta ST
Test Drive: Ford Fiesta ST The current generation of the Ford Fiesta ST has been officially presented to the public back in March, 2012, during the Geneva Motor Show, and it ...
Test Drive: Renault Twizy – Back to basics
Test Drive: Renault Twizy – Back to basics Renault has been producing the Twizy for a couple of years now, in its Valladolid, Spain, facility but spotting one on European roads can turn out ...
Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz SL400
Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz SL400 The Mercedes-Benz SL is currently in its sixth generation and since the company has released a new entry-level, the SL400, which is basically the ...

Editors Section
Inautonews Editors Section
2012 Safest Cars list 2011 Safest Cars [Video] 2011 IIHS Safest Cars [Video] 2011 EuroNCAP Safest Cars 2010 Safest Cars [Video]

Latest in Safety US: automakers gather in concerted effort to investigate Takata airbag defectFollowing our report yesterday, Toyota and nine other automakers have released a joint statement ... US: automakers hold meeting to discuss and coordinate Takata airbag issue – reportCarmakers are set to hold a meeting later today in Detroit with the objective of coordinating an ...
Safety Section