United Automobile Workers

Apr 12 2024

ADVISORY: UAW President Shawn Fain to Join Daimler Truck Workers at Practice Picket Rallies

STATESVILLE, N.C. — On Monday, April 15 and Tuesday, April 16, UAW President Shawn Fain will join Daimler Truck workers in North Carolina at their practice picket rallies as contract negotiations covering 7,000 UAW members continue. The workers are demanding an agreement that reflects the record profits Daimler Truck has garnered and includes the long overdue fair wages and working conditions workers deserve. The contract expires at midnight on Friday, April 26. 

The workers who build Freightliner trucks, Western Star trucks, and Thomas Built Buses are facing declining real wages and job security even as Daimler Truck tallies record profits and makes massive payouts to shareholders. Over the past six years, Daimler’s profits have increased by 90% while workers’ buying power has fallen 13%. 

Tuesday’s rally with Fain comes just weeks after 7,000 Daimler Truck North America workers voted by 96% to authorize a strike if necessary. This overwhelming support shows the workers are determined to secure the record contract they’ve earned. 

On the heels of the UAW’s historic Stand Up Strike and record contracts with the Big Three automakers, and as tens of thousands of workers across the country continue organizing to join the UAW, Fain will stand with Daimler workers in their fight for fair pay, cost of living adjustments (COLA), job security and a better future for the working class.  

WHAT:  UAW President Shawn Fain to Rally with Hundreds of Daimler Truck Workers at Practice Picket Lines

WHEN: Monday, April 15 at 3:30pm 
WHERE: Outside Mt. Holly DTNA plant, 1800 North Main Street, Mt. Holly, North Carolina 28120 
WHO: UAW President Shawn Fain, UAW Local 5285 President Ricky McDowell, Daimler Truck workers 

WHEN: Tuesday, April 16 at 3:30pm 
WHERE: Outside Cleveland DTNA plant, 11550 Statesville Blvd., Cleveland, NC 27013 
WHO: UAW President Shawn Fain, UAW Local 3520 President Corey Hill, Daimler Truck workers 

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