Workers strike for a Sterling silver lining

| 3/14/2006

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.