With union contract expiring, Freightliner workers rally to keep jobs here

  • Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 6:21 p.m.

CLEVELAND — With their union’s contract about to expire, several hundred employees rallied this afternoon in front of the Cleveland plant.

The workers lined the edge of U.S. Highway 70, holding up signs saying “Support American labor,” “Build in America, rebuild America” and “Sell them here, build them here.” Passing cars occasionally honked their horns in support.

Corey Hill, president of the United Auto Workers chapter that represents Freightliner employees, is involved in negotiations for a new contract. He said union members are hoping to increase the guaranteed build rate at the plant. This means more trucks would be built in Cleveland, keeping more workers in their jobs and more money in the local economy.

The union contract expires Friday.

Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner’s parent company, announced in March that about 340 people would be laid off from the Cleveland plant on April 8. While that’s not exactly good news for employees, it is less than half of the 715 layoffs that Daimler originally announced in January.

See more details in Wednesday’s Salisbury Post.

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