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.
USWA bargaining committee rejects Goodyear offer
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