CHICAGO (AP) — The United Auto Workers union said Tuesday that more than 4,000 workers in six states are striking against International Truck and Engine, alleging unfair labor practices.
Workers at 11 local unions in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Georgia began striking as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the UAW said in a release.
Navistar has operations in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.
''International Truck and Engine has shredded our agreement, shipped our work out of the country, and trampled our nation's labor laws,'' UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said in the release.
The union has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.
Roy Wiley, spokesman for Warrenville, Ill.-based ITE, said the company has been ''negotiating in good faith.''
''The union's allegations are entirely unfounded and false, and I'm convinced (we) will be vindicated once we get into the NLRB process,'' Wiley said.
He said company officials don't yet know what impact the strike will have on operations, adding that ITE — a unit of Navistar International Corp. — has both union and nonunion facilities. Production will continue as planned at nonunion plants, he said.