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.

Notice about comments:

Salisburypost.com is pleased to offer readers the ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. Salisburypost.com cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not Salisburypost.com. If you find a comment that is objectionable, please click "report abuse" and we will review it for possible removal. Please be reminded, however, that in accordance with our Terms of Use and federal law, we are under no obligation to remove any third party comments posted on our website. Full terms and conditions can be read here.

Do not post the following:

  • Potentially libelous statements or damaging innuendo.
  • Obscene, explicit, or racist language.
  • Personal attacks, insults or threats.
  • The use of another person's real name to disguise your identity.
  • Comments unrelated to the story.