Union workers at a Sterling Truck plant in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, reached an agreement with management during the weekend, ending a strike
that lasted nearly three weeks.
More than 92 percent of the 2,000-plus Canadian Auto Workers
at the plant voted to return to work with a new contract, which includes an 8
percent raise spread over three years and some job security, according to Ontario newspaper, the London Free Press.
Workers were worried about their job security with a
possible downturn impending for the 2007 production year because of new
emissions standards in the commercial-vehicle industry. Some industry analysts
have said those standards could add up to $10,000 to the cost of each truck.
Sterling, a subsidiary of Freightliner LLC, manufactures
Sterling HX heavy-duty trucks and Acterra medium-duty trucks.
Union officials do not want to see production of those
trucks move to the U.S. or Mexico once the booming 2006 pre-buy is over, the London
Free Press reported.
The strike began March 9 and negotiators didn’t get to the
table until last week. The London Free Press reported that car tires of Sterling managers and hired security were slashed during the strike.