The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO would like to voice our solidarity with the UAW members on strike at Langeloth Metallurgical. Our sisters and brothers in Washington County have been on strike since September 9.
Last week UAW reached a tentative agreement with General Motors which was sent to the membership for a vote. The voting period comes to a close on Friday, October 25. As of right now, members are still on strike until the contract is approved. UAW reached a tentative agreement with Mack Truck, ending their 12-day strike. UAW released a statement on the Tentative Agreement reached with Mack Truck (which you can see below).
This week, UAW thanked communities and supporters across the country for their solidarity with 48,000 striking GM workers. “Union pantries overflowing with food donations have filled the bellies of children whose parents are going without regular paychecks. . . Everyday people and members from other local unions taking to the picket line to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with members on strike. These incredible acts of solidarity have demonstrated to UAW members that their communities and leaders are standing with them in the struggle for a fair contract.”
UAW statement on Mack Truck
The UAW Mack Truck Council announced that they have reached a tentative agreement today, suspending a nearly two-week strike.
“Through great sacrifice, UAW members at Mack have achieved significant gains toward fair pay, benefits and job security protections,” said UAW Secretary-Treasurer and Director of the UAW Heavy Truck Department, Ray Curry.
Curry said the strike will be suspended and Mack workers will be scheduled to return to their jobs. “It is not easy to strike for a member or their family,” said Curry. “It is impressive the unity that Mack UAW members and their families have shown. We can’t thank enough the surrounding communities for the outpouring of support for our striking families.”
Details of the tentative agreement will be withheld until UAW members can be briefed prior to ratification. “Out of respect for our members, we will refrain from discussing details publicly until they can be fully briefed. Ultimately it is our members’ contract, and UAW Mack members will make the final decision as they vote.”