Detroit Diesel Workers Ratify New Contract
Agreement Commits Daimler to Production of Two New Engines
Workers represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW) at Daimler Trucks’ Detroit Diesel engine plant in Redford Township, Michigan, approved a contract by a 3-to-1 margin giving the workers a wage increase and committing the plant to production of two new engines. The deal includes a $1 an hour wage increase for all workers, a $5,000 signing bonus, pension increases, and a reduction in the time needed for workers to reach the highest wage tier by three years.
Employees will receive efficiency awards of two percent for all seniority employees in 2017 and 2019. The wage increases will be applied to all classifications in 2018 and 2020. Workers also won an Attainable Gainsharing Program that will be based on engine production volume and efficiency targets. Negotiations were held between UAW Local 163, representatives from Daimler Trucks North America, which owns Detroit Diesel, and representatives from Daimler headquarters in Germany.
Daimler Trucks North America is one of the leading manufacturers of commercial trucks in North America, including Freightliner trucks, Freightliner Commercial Chassis, Western Star trucks, Thomas Built buses, and SelecTrucks, the company’s preowned retail distribution network. DTNA has manufacturing facilities in Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oregon, with headquarters in Portland, Oregon.
Source: United Auto Workers