|IAM members returning to work at Daimler after a three week strike. Members ratified terms of a new contract on July 22, 2013.|
In a close vote, IAM members of Local 1005 at Daimler’s Swan Island Truck Plant in Portland, OR ratified new contract terms on July 22, after being on the strike lines since July 1. The new terms of the collective bargaining agreement include an increase of $1.55 per hour over a 40-month period.
“I would like to thank everyone for all the long hours and hard work that was put into this,” said IAM District W24 Business Representative and lead negotiator Joe Kear. “Everyone did their part and held the line strong, and in the end it paid off.”
“Congratulations to the Fighting Machinists of Local 1005,” said IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen. “All of you can hold your head high knowing that the dignity you deserve on the job has been restored.”
Members of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) Local 1094 had also been on strike and voted to accept the new offer on Saturday. The offer was also accepted by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union.
Union workers had been picketing around the clock at Daimler’s production facilities on Swan Island since midnight July 1.
Of the 725 union members returning to Daimler’s Portland Truck Plant, 521 are IAM members working as production mechanics at the truck plant where they build Western Star brand vehicles, as well as mechanics working at the Pre-Delivery Inspection shop at another location on Swan Island.
Machinist Union members have been building trucks in Portland since Freightliner production began in 1947.