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Mack, UAW negotiations are ongoing

October 02, 2004|By JULIE E. GREENE

Mack Trucks Inc. and United Auto Workers officials still were negotiating as of 11:55 p.m. Friday, four minutes before the union's three-year contract was set to expire at 11:59 p.m., company and union officials said.

The sides have been negotiating since late August for a new contract, Mack spokesman Bob Martin said.

Martin said he could not say whether the sides were negotiating Friday for a new contract or to extend the current one.

Workers from Mack operations in Allentown, Pa., to Hagerstown have authorized a strike, but the sides could agree to a contract extension, The Associated Press has reported.

Whether local workers would strike this morning depended on how close the sides were to a deal, Donnie Myers, vice president of UAW Local 171, said Friday afternoon.

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The last time Mack workers went on strike was 1984, Martin said.

Mack Trucks is one of Washington County's largest employers. The powertrain facility off Pennsylvania Avenue north of Hagerstown had 1,415 employees as of July 15, a company spokesman said at the time.

UAW Local 171 represents approximately 1,000 engineers and assembly workers at the local plant, Myers said.

Officials with both sides would not say what the sticking points are in negotiating a new contract.

Negotiations have been taking place in King of Prussia, Pa., about 15 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Production workers at Mack earn approximately $23 an hour.

- Julie E. Greene

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