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Striking Volvo Workers nix Tentative Deal at Truck Plant

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Union workers at a Volvo Trucks plant in the New River Valley will remain on strike after rejecting a third tentative agreement Friday.

The United Auto Workers announced the rejection of the pact late Friday involving a Volvo tractor-trailer assembly plant in Dublin.

In a vote posted to its Facebook page, United Auto Workers Local 2069 showed more than 60 percent of those voting rejected all three areas of the new proposal. 

The union represents nearly 3,000 workers that have been on strike since early June.

Volvo Trucks North America called the outcome “very disappointing”, and its statement said the tentative deal had offered significant wage gains and first-class benefits.

“Now that our employees have rejected three successive agreements endorsed by the leaders they elected to represent them, we need to consider our next steps," said NRV Vice President and General Manager Franky Marchand, in a statement.  "The ongoing strike – which we continue to believe is unnecessary – is hurting our customers, and has already set back our project to expand and upgrade the facility.  No one is gaining from the current situation, and we will consider all options related to the bargaining process.”

Volvo says the plant is the largest maker of Volvo tractor-trailer trucks in the world.

Jeff Bossert is Radio IQ's Morning Edition host.