WASHINGTON (Sept. 1)—Unions representing tire maker Bridgestone Corp. workers in eight countries have sent letters to the company´s chairman and CEO, Yoichirio Kaizaki, in Japan the week of Aug. 27 to express support for the United Steelworkers of America in contract talks with U.S. subsidiary Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. The letters urged the company to settle new contracts with the 8,000 Steelworkers staffing nine Bridgestone/Firestone plants in the U.S. before a strike deadline of midnight Sept. 1. Bridgestone union leaders have pledged "to engage in solidarity activities" in support of the USWA if a strike occurs.
USWA receives support from global unions as strike deadline looms
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