DETROIT -- Executives from International Truck and Engine Corp. and the UAW plan to meet Tuesday morning, Dec. 11, at an unknown location in the Chicago area.
International Truck Vice President of Human Resources and lead negotiator Jeff Bowen said in a message on the company labor negotiation hotline that UAW executives from Detroit contacted the company to arrange the meeting.
Its unclear if the meeting will prompt a new round of negotiations in the six-week-old strike. The company gave the union a new comprehensive contract proposal Dec. 4.
We worked together with the union on a deal that would provide some much needed job security for employees at our UAW-represented facilities by paving the way for some critical changes in the operating environments, Bowen said in the hotline message to shareholders and media.
This deal outlines change for sure, but its been done the right way and maintains a good quality of life for our current employees and those getting into retirement over the course of the contract.
Bowen closed by saying the company was ready to continue operations for the long-term if an accord could not be met with the UAW.
UAW officials were not immediately available for comment.
About 4,000 UAW-represented workers at 11 locals in six states went on strike Oct. 23.
International Truck, 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 Truck supplies to Ford Motor Co. for its Super Duty pickups was transferred from Internationals Indianapolis engine plant to its nonunion plant in Huntsville, Ala. So far Ford has reported no disruptions in engine deliveries.
International Truck said it has been bargaining with the union for more than two years. In June 2006, the UAW rank and file rejected a tentative agreement, the company said.
Navistar, of Warrenville, Ill., ranks No. 45 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers, with estimated parts sales to the automakers of $3.40 billion in 2006.