DETROIT -- Contract talks resumed on Monday between the UAW and International Truck and Engine Corp. in the UAW's longest-running automotive labor dispute this year.
About 4,000 UAW-represented workers at 11 locals in six states went on strike Oct. 23.
International, a unit of Navistar Corp., has continued to operate by moving work from some UAW-represented plants to nonunion company plants.
Production of Power Stroke diesel engines that International supplies to Ford Motor Co. for its Super Duty pickups was transferred from its Indianapolis engine plant to its nonunion plant in Huntsville, Ala. Ford has reported no disruptions in engine deliveries.
International spokesman Roy Wiley declined to comment on details of the negotiations but has repeatedly said that the competitiveness and flexibility of the companys unionized manufacturing sites are the main issues for International.
The company said it has been bargaining with the union for more than two years. In June 2006, a tentative agreement was rejected by the UAW rank and file, the company said.
A representative from the UAW was not immediately available for comment today.
Navistar, of Warrenville, Ill., ranks No. 45 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers with estimated worldwide original-equipment automotive parts sales of $3.40 billion in 2006.