UNION CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 26)—Goodyear plans to lay off 400 to 500 employees at its Union City radial passenger and light truck tire plant in response to weak economic conditions. The layoffs, which include both hourly and salaried workers, will begin Oct. 1. The duration of the cuts is indefinite. The action will affect 11-13 percent of the total work force at the Union City plant, Goodyear's largest U.S. tire factory. About 3,800 people are employed there, about 3,300 hourly and 500 salaried. In better news for Goodyear's U.S. workers, the company said Sept. 26 it is reviving some of its bias-ply racing tire production in Akron, probably beginning early next year. The move will mean about 65 workers will be brought back to the Akron facility. Five years ago, Goodyear moved manufacturing to Chile to save on production costs. Now the firm is bringing the work back after making an agreement with United Steelworkers Local 2, which represents hourly workers in Akron, regarding "production efficiencies" at the plant.
Goodyear to lay off up to 500 workers in Tennessee, add 65 in Akron
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