PITTSBURGH (July 29)—Goodyear and the United Steelworkers of America bargaining committees plan to meet in Cincinnati early the week of Aug. 4 and resume master contract negotiations, spokesmen for both sides confirmed July 29. The company and union haven't met since USWA negotiators rejected Goodyear's final offer and talks disbanded back on June 28. Bargaining committees for both sides had been meeting in Cincinnati since March 13. During the 3½ months of talks, the company and union couldn't find common ground on critical issues such as job security, investment in unionized North American production facilities, debt restructuring, reduction of management positions and retiree benefits. The decision to return to the bargaining table was mutual, and the company views it as a positive development, a Goodyear spokesman said. Members of the USWA's Goodyear policy committee met in Pittsburgh July 28-29 to discuss the members' collective options before agreeing to sit down with the company again, a union spokesman said. Either side can end the day-to-day contract extensions, affecting nearly 20,000 workers at 14 Goodyear tire and rubber plants, with a 72-hour notice.
Goodyear, USWA to reconvene in Cincinnati to discuss contract offer
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