AKRON (Oct. 3) — The United Steelworkers union, in conjunction with terminating its day-to-day contract with Goodyear, is running anti-company radio spots in the Akron market.
The 60-second spot depicts two older men — presumably former Goodyear employees — in a coffee-shop setting, commenting on how Goodyear was "once a proud old American company," and that it "was good to work for them then."
The characters then make claims of Goodyear "shipping our kid´s jobs off to places like Communist China," say the company has "no loyalty —they go wherever they think they can get work done cheap," and predict if "Goodyear keeps going that way it´s going to tear up families and wreak havoc in our communities."
The ad also references a potential strike at Goodyear sites, with one of the men saying, "They´ll have nobody but themselves to blame if the picket lines go up."
The USW gave a 72-hour notice to Goodyear Oct. 2 that it would end the two sides´ day-to-day contract extension, effective at 1 p.m. Oct. 5. At that point, with the "no strike, no lockout" language in the contract no longer in effect, several scenarios are possible, including more than 12,000 workers at 12 company tire and rubber product plants going on strike, a USW spokesman said Oct. 3.
The company could also choose to lockout the hourly workers at those sites, or the operations could continue without an agreement in place, Goodyear said in a statement.
Contract talks between the two sides are continuing in Cincinnati, the union spokesman said.