DETROIT -- Representatives from the UAW and International Truck and Engine Corp. plan to resume contract negotiations on Nov. 26.
Some 4,000 UAW workers at 11 locals in six states have been on strike since Oct. 23.
International and the UAW have held talks over the past week. They agreed Tuesday, Nov. 13, to resume bargaining on Nov. 26, according to International spokesman Roy Wiley.
Were ready, Wiley said. Weve been ready since the day we started, and the issues havent changed.
Those issues are increasing the competitiveness and flexibility of UAW-represented International facilities.
In our marketplace, the only true form of job security is earned through competitiveness, said Jeff Bowen, Internationals lead negotiator, in a statement. Without competitive operating environments, the future of these facilities continues to be in jeopardy.
International has continued some production during the strike. The company temporarily transferred output of the Powerstroke diesel engine that it sells to Ford Motor Co. from its UAW-represented engine plant in Indianapolis to a nonunion plant in Huntsville, Ala. Ford uses the engine in its Super Duty pickups.
The UAW filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the U.S. National Labor Relations Board, alleging that International violated U.S. labor law by making unilateral changes to the terms and conditions of employment and refusing to provide the UAW with information needed to negotiate.
The allegations are completely unfounded and false, and we will be vindicated, Wiley said in response to the complaint on Oct. 23.
A representative from the UAW was not immediately available for comment.