Volvo to recall 700 truck plant workers

Volvo Trucks North America in Pulaski County, Va., will recall approximately 700 employees between May 2 and June 13, according to a March 30 announcement.

The New River Valley assembly plant, which employs about 1,500 people, is facing a surge in orders for heavy-duty trucks, the Roanoke Times newspaper reported. Volvo’s U.S. and Canadian sales grew 46 percent in 2010 and were 47 percent higher through February compared with a year earlier.

Unionized production workers recently agreed to a two-tier compensation plan that requires recalled workers to be paid less than those currently working in the factory, the newspaper reported. It is a provision of a recently signed 5-year contract that runs through March 2016.