UAW Local 1832 Update

On April 30, 2008, the bargaining committee of UAW Local 1832 enter into negotiations with Peterbilt Motors Co. (PACCAR) knowing that their contract would expire on June 20, 2008. The UAW has represented the workers at Peterbilt since 1973. During that time, there has been only two contracts settle without a work stoppage. As you can see, the members of UAW Local 1832 are dealing with a ruthless company. Even with this history, the committee was hopeful that they could reach an agreement without another work stoppage.

It was not long into the negotiations that the committee realized that the company did not want an agreement. The company did not want to listen to the Union’s proposals. The company had their on agenda in mind; that was to break UAW Local 1832. When asked questions about their proposals, they could not answer. When asked for information concerning other location, they did not provide the requested information. With all these questions and informational request unanswered, the committee had no choice but to request that the negotiation continue past the expiration date. After all, the committee had only met with the company for less than 30 hours during this period of time.

On June 23, 2008, the employees of Peterbilt (Members of UAW Local 1832) came to work to find out they were locked out. This force UAW Local 1832 to file Labor Board charges against Peterbilt and set up an informational picket line. The committee has only met with the company two times with the company since then. The last time was on August 20, 2008. This committee stands ready to meet with the company any day, any time and any place the company wants to meet.

The members of UAW Local 1832 are standing strong for what the UAW stands for and voicing the concerns and struggles for every working person in America.

Several years ago, UAW Vice President General Holiefield nicknamed Local 1832 “THE FIGHTING 1832nd”. During the Bus, Engine and Truck Council meetings in Detroit last month, Local 1832 President Mike Pardue was presented with a large plaque formalizing this nickname. The plaque was presented to the Local 1832’s Executive Board on December 22, 2008 and to the Membership on January 7, 2009. The Membership’s efforts over the years in preventing Paccar’s and Peterbilt’s attempts to force substandard contracts on them is something they are proud of, and this plaque is greatly appreciated as a symbol of their struggles.

Because of the generosity of the Region 8 Staff, Secretaries, Local Union Memberships and various Bus, Engine and Truck Councils; Members of Local 1832 who are involved in the lockout were given grocery gift cards just before the Christmas Holidays and the minor children were given toys gift cards. Many Members and families have sent thank you cards, in appreciation and expressing that without this support, their children’s Christmas would have not been nearly as good.

President Mike Pardue and the Members of UAW Local 1832 are very grateful to the UAW International and all other Union members for their support through this struggle.


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