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Freightliner employees rally as labor contracts near expiration

Jason Cannon April 17, 2013

Several hundred employees at Freightliner’s Celeveland, N.C. assembly plant held a rally outside their job site this week The Salisbury Post reported, voicing frustrations with labor negotiations that inch closer to an expiration date.

The United Auto Workers contract with the Freightliner plant expire Friday and chapter president Corey Hill told The Post, and union members are hoping to secure an increase the guaranteed build rate at the plant with a contract extension.

“We want to keep as many builds in North Carolina as possible and keep as many people working in Cleveland as possible,” Hill told the newspaper. “The most important thing for us is to have a secure future for that plant to be here…We have a current build rate of 60 per day, and we’re trying to increase that.”

In March, Freightliner announced plans to layoff more than 300 of the employees at the Cleveland plant.

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