ST. LOUIS (Aug. 31)—Bargaining between the United Steelworkers and Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. has intensified with "round-the-clock" talks as the two sides try to hammer out a new contract before a Sept. 2 strike deadline. As of Aug. 31, the company and union had not agreed to a contract or a new extension that would avert the second strike against Bridgestone/Firestone in the past six years. The USWA gave 14-day notice Aug. 18 that it would terminate the contract extensions under which 8,000 of its members at nine company tire and non-tire plants have been working. The extensions expire Sept. 2 at 12:01 a.m.
Bridgestone/Firestone, USWA face strike deadline
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