HOUSTON (June 28) — Negotiations opened June 26 between Goodyear and the six labor unions that represent employees at the company´s chemical plant in Houston, the Akron-based company said.
The current contracts in Houston expire August 1, 2006. There are about 260 bargaining unit employees in Houston, and the International Union of Operating Engineers represents the largest group, a Goodyear spokeswoman said.
The agreements are separate from the Goodyear master contract with the United Steelworkers union; the USW does not represent any of the bargaining units at the Houston plant. The chemical operations are part of Goodyear´s North American Tire business unit.
IUOE Local 347 went on strike for two months beginning in October 2000 after turning down several company proposals, which included substantial cost-cutting. The two sides eventually reached accord on necessary job and wage reductions, and the workers returned to the plant in mid-December 2000.