This comes in the wake of International Truck and Engine's recent spat with their engine customer, Ford. Follow the jump for the UAW's release in full.
UAW members strike International Truck and Engine over unfair labor practices
CHICAGO - More than 4,000 UAW members at 11 local unions in six states are on strike as of 5:00 pm today against International Truck and Engine, maker of Navistar trucks, in response to the company's unfair labor practices.
"International Truck and Engine has shredded our agreement, shipped our work out of the country, and trampled our nation's labor laws," said UAW President Ron Gettelfinger. "When UAW members are on strike for justice anywhere, they have the support of UAW members everywhere -- and our entire union is standing shoulder to shoulder with our members at ITE."
"Our bargaining committee came to these negotiations with every intention of reaching an agreement," said UAW Vice President General Holiefield, who directs the union's Heavy Truck Department. "But it takes two sides to reach a deal -- and it has unfortunately become apparent that management at ITE is not yet willing to work with us to negotiate a fair and equitable contract."
The company has violated U.S. labor law, said Holiefield, by making unilateral changes in the terms and conditions of employment, ordering an illegal lockout at the company's assembly plant in Springfield, Ohio, and by refusing to provide the UAW bargaining team with information necessary for negotiations.
"ITE executives moved our work to Mexico and to non-union plants in Texas, cancelled our supplemental unemployment benefits, and ignored our job security program," said Holiefield.
The UAW has filed unfair labor practices regarding ITE's illegal conduct with the U.S. National Labor Relations Board.
"We're prepared to return to the bargaining table at any time," said Holiefield. "If the company is willing to abide by the law and respect our hard-working members at ITE, we believe we can resolve our differences."
UAW members on strike include members of UAW Local 98 at the ITE Indianapolis Engine Plant; members of UAW Local 226 at Indianapolis Casting Corp., members of UAW Local 2274, who are ITE clerical and technical workers in Indianapolis; members of UAW Local 2911 at Fort Wayne Engineering; members of UAW Local 402 at the ITE Springfield Assembly Plant in Springfield, Ohio; members of UAW Local 658, who are ITE clerical and technical workers in Springfield; members of UAW Local 6 at the ITE Engine Plant in Melrose Park, Illinois; members of UAW Local 2293, who are clerical and technical workers in Melrose Park; members of UAW Local 472 at the ITE Parts Distribution Center (PDC) in Atlanta; members of UAW Local 119 at the ITE PDC in Dallas, and members of UAW Local 187 at the ITE PDC in York, Pennsylvania.