There are about 1,200 union employees at both the assembly plant and the TSC Mechanics plant, Barlow said. There are now about 1,500 workers overall at the Springfield plant, including management and contractors, Barlow estimated.
Locally, the UAW Local 402 represents the majority of Springfield’s employees, while the UAW Local 658 represents about 90 clerical workers. Thousands of Navistar retirees also live in the area.
Local workers have been making sacrifices for generations, Barlow said. The Local 402 union began in 1939.
“We’re celebrating American workers and pride in our work,” Barlow said.
Navistar had as few as 300 workers in Springfield as recently as 2010, but those numbers spiked as work from other facilities came back to Clark County. In recent years, Navistar has also invested about $30 million into the Springfield plant for infrastructure upgrades and improvements at the paint facility.
Ben Burk is a third-generation Navistar employee who grew up attending the picnics with his father. The new contract is great news for local workers, said Burk, who has worked at the assembly plant for about four years.
“It’s good. Hopefully it continues,” Burk said. “Hopefully we can get more work.”