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Fort Wayne Navistar plant phase-out riles UAW

(Nov. 2, 2010) -- Despite the ratification of a four-year contract with Navistar International Corp., hard feelings remain among union members who say the company also wants them to agree to a “phase-down” pact that will cost them their jobs in Fort Wayne, Ind., reports the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Despite the ratification of a four-year contract with Navistar International Corp., hard feelings remain among union members who say the company also wants them to agree to a “phase-down” pact that will cost them their jobs, reports the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.

According to the newspaper, United Auto Workers Local 2911 on Monday expressed displeasure over a winding down of operations in Fort Wayne in the next two to three years, although union leaders acknowledge the vote is more symbolic than anything else.

“If they’ve made up their minds to go to Lisle (Ill.), there’s nothing we can do about that. But we can let them know how we feel,” said Tom Burkholder, president of UAW Local 2911, which represents 256 engineers and technicians at Navistar’s local Truck Design and Technology Center.

Navistar employs about 1,400 in Fort Wayne.

To read the complete report in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, click here.

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