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UAW, Mack reach new agreement

July 19, 1998|By BRENDAN KIRBY

United Auto Workers members ratified a new contract with Mack Trucks Sunday, according to a union official.

Jim Stewart, president of the United Auto Workers Local 171, which represents more than 1,000 workers, said the new agreement will expire in October 2001.

Stewart would not disclose the terms of the pact. He said union members passed both a local contract, which covers operations at the company's Hagerstown plant, and a master agreement, which covers operations at all locations.

"We made improvements basically in everything in the master agreement," Stewart said.

The new contract will go into effect in October, when the old agreement expires.

United Auto Workers Vice President Jack Laskowski and Mack Executive Vice President Samuel L. Torrence announced a tentative agreement on the master contract on July 10, according to a company news release.

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The agreement covers about 3,500 union workers at Mack facilities in four states.

In addition to Sunday's vote in Hagerstown, Mack workers were scheduled to vote on the contract at ratification meetings this weekend in Allentown, Macungie, and Middletown, Pa., Baltimore, Winnsboro, S.C., and Atlanta.

Mack Trucks, which has a plant at 13302 Pennsylvania Ave., is Washington County's seventh-largest employer with 1,267 workers.

The company, a subsidiary of the French firm Renault V.I., makes diesel engines and transmissions at its Hagerstown facility.

Mack is one of North America's largest producers of heavy-duty trucks.

The company also markets a line of medium-duty diesel trucks throughout North America.

Mack vehicles are sold and serviced in more than 65 countries worldwide.

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