DES MOINES, Iowa (Feb. 12)—After more than 1 years of negotiating silence, officials from Titan International Inc. and striking United Steelworkers of America Local 164 discussed contract terms the morning of Feb. 6. The company submitted a six-year proposal the union believes is concessionary in relation to Titan´s June 10, 1998, "last, best and final" offer, while the Quincy, Ill.-based tire maker says it is a step up financially. Local 164´s 670 members staffed Titan´s Des Moines farm tire plant until they went on strike May 1, 1998, over a variety of issues, including wages, mandatory excessive overtime, pension and job security. Since then, the facility has been re-staffed with replacement workers. Local 164 President John Peno said he and his bargaining committee likely would make a counterproposal to the Titan offer within a week.