UAW Ends 7-Week Strike At International Truck

Union members approve new contract with increased health care cost sharing and an improved new hire package.

WARRENVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A seven-week strike of International Truck and Engine Corp. ended Sunday after 3,700 members of the United Auto Workers voted to approve a new contract, officials said.
The new labor agreement takes effect immediately and runs until Oct. 1, 2010, the company said in a release. Workers at local unions in Ohio and five other states have been on strike against the company since Oct. 23, alleging unfair labor practices.
They include about 1,200 workers at the International Truck and Engine plant in Springfield, Ohio, about 25 miles northeast of Dayton. The plant produces medium-duty trucks.
Among new provisions in the contract were increased health care cost sharing and an improved new hire package, the release said.
The UAW also has dropped all unfair labor practice charges filed with the National Labor Relations Board, the release said.
International Truck and Engine, a unit of Warrenville, Ill.-based Navistar International Corp., shifted customer orders to its other locations when the strike began in order to keep production going.
''We expect the new agreements to result in operational and cost improvements at these facilities while maintaining a good quality of life for our employees and retirees,'' said Daniel C. Ustian, Navistar's chairman, president and chief executive.
The UAW represents employees at nine International Truck and Engine facilities in Melrose Park, Ill.; Indianapolis; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Atlanta; York, Pa.; and Dallas.
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