2.9.2015 — New Labor Agreement Approved

Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) and the UAW announced today that UAW-represented employees have ratified a new four-year labor agreement. The contract was approved by a majority of voting UAW members and replaces the prior contract that expired October 1, 2014.

“The new contract will help our UAW-represented facilities embrace lean principles, which will allow them to remain competitive in today’s business environment,” said Troy Clarke, Navistar president and chief executive officer. “The contract also helps our UAW-represented employees and retirees maintain a good standard of living.”

“UAW members have approved a contract that is fair and equitable for both them and company,” said UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell, who directs the union’s Heavy Truck Department. “With this new contract, our members may continue serving our customers in the heavy truck industry while maintaining good jobs and benefits that will allow them to support their family and community. This is an example of how working men and women and companies can work together so that everyone wins.”

Bill Osborne, Navistar senior vice president, manufacturing and quality, commended the UAW for its efforts to collaborate to address the needs of employees along with critical business matters.

“We value our partnership with the UAW,” said Osborne. “We found common ground on some difficult issues and we will continue in that spirit of cooperation as we move forward.”

Adopting lean principles across all its operations and delivering products with industry-leading uptime are key parts of Navistar’s strategy. “We’re committed to supporting all of our operations to build quality products that deliver on our Uptime mission,” Osborne added.

The UAW represents approximately 1,500 employees at five Navistar facilities in Melrose Park, Ill. (engineering and engine assembly), Springfield, Ohio (truck assembly) and Atlanta, Dallas and York (Pa.) (parts distribution centers).

1.22.2015 — Bargaining Update

Navistar and the UAW are continuing to work together to move the bargaining process forward.

“We are making good progress towards an outcome that will benefit both sides – achieving improvements that will help Navistar be more competitive while providing a competitive wage and benefit package for our employees,” said Barry Morris, director of labor relations, Navistar.

For more information about Navistar’s goals, please visit that section of the Negotiations website at http://labor.navistar.com/our-negotiation-goals/.

1.9.2015 — Bargaining Update

Navistar and the UAW are scheduled to resume bargaining on Tuesday, January 13.

“We all want to bring the bargaining process to an agreeable resolution,” said Barry Morris, director of labor relations, Navistar. “Our goal remains to achieve a competitive contract as quickly as possible.”

For more information about Navistar’s goals, please visit that section of the Negotiations website at http://labor.navistar.com/our-negotiation-goals/.

1.6.2015 — Bargaining Update

Following a recent break for the winter holidays, Navistar and the UAW are working to schedule meeting times to resume bargaining.

“We’ve kept the lines of communication open during the break and hope to get together soon,” said Barry Morris, director of labor relations, Navistar.  “Our goals remain unchanged: Work with the UAW-represented employees to make competitive improvements that will help Navistar succeed in the long term, and achieve a competitive wage and benefit package that allows employees and retirees to maintain a good quality of life.”

For more information about Navistar’s goals, please visit that section of the Negotiations website at http://labor.navistar.com/our-negotiation-goals/.

12.18.2014 – Bargaining Update

Navistar and the UAW recently reconvened for another round of bargaining.

“We’ve made significant progress in recent days, but unfortunately we were not able to close out the remaining issues,” said Barry Morris, director of labor relations, Navistar.

Both parties will take a break from bargaining and will reconvene after the holidays to set up a new meeting schedule.

For more information about Navistar’s goals, please visit that section of the Negotiations website at http://labor.navistar.com/our-negotiation-goals/.

12.3.2014 — Navistar and the UAW Working to Schedule Meeting Dates

Navistar and the UAW held its most recent face-to-face meeting on November 6, when the company submitted proposals that address all open issues. Navistar’s comprehensive proposals support lean operating principles while providing a competitive wage and benefit package for employees.

“We all want to bring the bargaining process to an agreeable resolution,” said Barry Morris, director of labor relations, Navistar. “Our goal remains to achieve a competitive contract as quickly as possible.”

Navistar and the UAW continue to operate under a temporary contract extension as they enter their fourteenth week of negotiations.  The previous labor agreement expired on October 1, 2014.

“We recognize that operating under these conditions is stressful,” said Morris. “It’s in the best interest of everyone – our employees, their communities, and our operations – to remove the uncertainty by getting a new contract in place as soon as we can.”

For more information about Navistar’s goals, please visit that section of the Negotiations website at http://labor.navistar.com/our-negotiation-goals/.

11.18.2014 – Keeping Lines of Communication Open

Navistar and the UAW continue to keep the lines of communication open as both sides work through scheduling conflicts and determine next steps for moving negotiations forward. Employees are expected to continue to report to work as scheduled per the terms of the 2010 contract, which has been extended.

“Our goals remain unchanged: Work with the UAW-represented employees to make competitive improvements that will help Navistar succeed in the long term, and achieve a competitive wage and benefit package that allows employees and retirees to maintain a good quality of life,” said Barry Morris, director of labor relations, Navistar.

He added, “It’s important to remember that these facilities are operating at a competitive disadvantage compared to other facilities in North America. It’s in the best interest of everyone – our employees, their communities and the company – to have a competitive agreement that allows us to fully embrace lean principles, and to achieve that agreement as soon as possible.”

For more information about Navistar’s goals, please visit that section of the Negotiations website at http://labor.navistar.com/our-negotiation-goals/.

11.5.2014 – Negotiations Resume

Navistar and the UAW have resumed bargaining discussions following a brief recess. Employees are expected to continue to report to work as scheduled per the terms of the 2010 contract, which has been extended.

“To be competitive, we must be able to embrace lean principles in every aspect of our operation,” said Barry Morris, director of labor relations, Navistar.  “Other manufacturers are further along in adopting lean and have more flexible work rules.  To be competitive, we must have the same advantages.”

“We remain optimistic that an agreement can be reached,” Morris added.  “We’re going to work hard and focus on getting a competitive agreement as soon as possible.”

For more information about Navistar’s goals, please visit that section of the Negotiations website at http://labor.navistar.com/our-negotiation-goals/.

10.27.2014 — Bargaining Update

After nine weeks of discussion, Navistar and the UAW have decided to take a brief recess from bargaining due to schedule issues for both parties. During the recess employees are expected to report to work as scheduled per the terms of the 2010 contract, which has been extended.

“It’s clear that there are some significant gaps between how these facilities operate and how other manufacturers in the U.S. operate,” said Barry Morris, director of labor relations, Navistar.  “We hope that momentarily stepping back and re-evaluating away from the table might help us resolve the last remaining issues.”

The current proposals on the table include concepts, ideas and feedback from the union as well as the company.  Navistar maintains that the current set of proposals contain a wage and benefit package that would provide a good quality of life for employees and retirees.

The company is not releasing details of its proposals at this time.

Talks are scheduled to resume in early November. “We’re eager to bring this to resolution as soon as possible.  These facilities need competitive improvements now, and sticking to the status quo isn’t in the best interests of our employees and their communities,” Morris said.

For more information about Navistar’s goals, please visit that section of the Negotiations website at http://labor.navistar.com/our-negotiation-goals/.