HOUSTON (Aug. 4) — Goodyear and the six unions representing employees at the company´s Houston, Texas, chemical plant have agreed to extend their current labor agreements.
The contracts were set to expire the afternoon of Aug. 1. All parties agreed to extend their current pacts until 30 days following the ratification of the master contract between Goodyear and the United Steelworkers union.
Negotiations started in Houston on June 26. Goodyear Chemical operations are part of the North American Tire business; the Houston plant manufactures emulsion styrene butadiene rubber used in tire production.
There are about 260 bargaining unit employees in Houston, with the International Union of Operating Engineers representing the largest group, between 150 and 160 workers.
The remainder of the employees are represented by the United Association of Journeymen & Apprentices of Plumbing & Pipe Fitting Industry; International Association of Machinists; Sheet Metal Workers International; United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America; and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.