DETROIT -- International Truck and Engine Corp. confirmed Sunday evening that its 3,700 UAW-represented employees ratified a new three-year labor contract. International Truck's UAW membership approved the new contract by a 71 percent margin, the company said in a statement.
International Truck builds the Power Stroke diesel engine used by Ford Motor Co. in its popular line of Super Duty pickup trucks.
"This was as difficult and complex negotiations as we have been a part of for many years," International Truck lead negotiator Jeff Bowen said in a recorded company negotiations hotline message. "The company and union negotiation teams worked hard, but most importantly worked together to reach a new agreement."
Sunday's ratification vote ended a strike that began on Oct. 23. The previous UAW-International Truck labor contract expired Oct. 1.
The new contract between the company and the UAW, eliminates minimum employment level requirements, grants the company the ability to "shed non-core work," and the ability to close or sell company operations, International said.
"We expect the new agreements to result in operational and cost improvements at these facilities while maintaining a good quality of life for our employees and retirees," Navistar CEO Dan Ustian said in a prepared statement. "This deal represents a positive step forward for these facilities."
UAW officials were not immediately available for comment.
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 International's Indianapolis engine plant to its nonunion plant in Huntsville, Ala. There were no disruptions in engine deliveries to Ford.
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 worldwide original-equipment parts sales of $3.40 billion in 2006.