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Mack Trucks to lay off 305 UAW workers in Pennsylvania factory

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | January 11, 2020
The Macungie, Pennsylvania Mack Truck assembly plant announced it would lay off 305 workers.
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The laid-off workers are members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union.

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Mack Truck’s public relations manager, Christopher Heffner told media that the layoffs would be effective at the end of next month, February 28.

“We regret having to take this action, but we operate in a cyclical market, and after two years of extremely high volumes, we have to adapt to reduced market demand.”

The company is projecting a sales decline of at least 30 percent this year, a trend which is mirrored industry-wide.

This is due partly to the industry’s primary customers succumbing to the effects of higher fuel costs, hikes in insurance coverage premiums, and less demand for shipping as the President Trump’s trade tariffs caused the economy to decelerate.

The UAW worked deliberately to isolate the 3,500 workers by keeping 3,000 workers on the job at the New River Valley factory in Dublin, Virginia run by Volvo Truck, Mack Truck’s parent company.