Workers at the Springfield plant of International Truck and Engine Corp., a subsidiary of Illinois-based Navistar, are hoping to attract hundreds of new jobs through a tentative agreement to acquire General Motors Corp.’s medium-duty truck business.
Charlie Hayden, president of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 402, said the union’s new labor contract calls for building the trucks in Springfield.
Employees at the plant just returned from a seven-week strike, during which Navistar shifted production to facilities in Texas and Mexico. The UAW said its focus was on job security. The agreement included a moratorium on the outsourcing of union jobs.