Two thousand workers are on strike at the Sterling Trucks
plant in Canada.
Production screeched to a halt Friday, March 10, when the
Canadian Auto Workers union and Sterling failed to reach an agreement on
benefits and matters of job security at the plant in St. Thomas, Ontario.
More negotiations are scheduled for Wednesday, March 15.
Sterling’s production was up 6 percent compared to last
year, according to the St. Thomas Times Journal, and the workers want to
see growth continue, despite a prediction that truck sales could drop with
mandatory emissions standards in 2007.
Sterling, a subsidiary of Freightliner, produces HX heavy
trucks and Acterra medium-duty trucks at the St. Thomas plant.