CINCINNATI (May 13)—The United Steelworkers of America's negotiating committee rejected Goodyear's first formal proposal May 9. The three-year offer—submitted earlier the same day—called for concessions in several areas, including wages, pension, subcontracting, cost-of-living allowances and retiree medical benefits, a USWA spokesman said. The plan also asked for a 400-percent increase in drug co-pays for active members and a 600-percent increase for retirees, according to a union Web site. The proposal calls for $925 million in cuts over the life of the three-year pact, and did not address the union's primary concerns in negotiations—job security and investments in North American tire and rubber plants, the spokesman said. Goodyear believes it was a fair, good-faith offer, a company spokesman said, and urges its unionized employees to seek a complete explanation of the proposal. Contract discussions—which began March 13—are continuing in Cincinnati. Goodyear was chosen as the target company for 2003 tire industry contract negotiations April 7.