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Freightliner employees demand job security, benefits

Jason Cannon May 6, 2013

The union representing hundres of employees at Daimler Trucks North America plant in Cleveland, N.C., could not reach an agreement with the truck maker before the April deadline but the two sides have agreed to a 60 day extension.

The Salisbury Post reported that hundres of employees rallied outside the plant last week to show support in the union’s demands for job security, pension protection and retiree benefits.

Approximately 340 workers at the Cleveland plant were laid off las month, part of Daimler’s previously announced workforce trimming.

Union chapter President Corey Hill told The Post he wants the company to recall workers, run two full shifts and guarantee a higher number of trucks made in Cleveland.

Daimler currently guarantees an average of 60 new trucks per day at the Cleveland plant, Hill told the newspaper, while the Freightliner plant in Saltillo, Mexico runs three shifts and makes 165 trucks per day.

The two sides have until June 21 to reach an agreement.

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