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WDBJ EXCLUSIVE: UAW leader speaks out on strike at Volvo Trucks

Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 10:16 PM EDT
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DUBLIN, Va. (WDBJ) - United Auto Workers Local 2069 walked out of Volvo Trucks Monday afternoon, marking the beginning of their second strike.

After two rejected tentative agreements and months of negotiations, the union is speaking out only to WDBJ7.

WDBJ7 sat down one-on-one with Local 2069 president Matt Blondino.

He says members made it clear, there’s still a lot to be addressed with Volvo Trucks.

Issues like wage progression, company mobility, health, safety and more have concerned workers.

Blondino says it is their job to bring back a contract on which members can agree, and they will continue to strike until a deal is made.

“We will be on the picket line until we have ratified. Going forward we will not be coming off the line until that is done, so whatever that takes, we are willing to be there,” said Blondino.

Leaders say they don’t know how long this strike will last, but they believe it may go on for weeks.

We do know the UAW has made itself available to continue negotiations June 9.

We will have more Tuesday evening, and will share what other issues union members are facing during the strike.

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