TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 10) — Forty-three warehouse workers at Goodyear´s Topeka facility have joined the larger United Steelworkers strike against the Akron-based tire maker.
The warehouse workers formally began their strike at noon Oct. 9, Local 307 President Robert Tripp said. The workers are not covered by the master contract that covers about 1,300 plant employees in Topeka. The plant´s union employees went on strike Oct. 5 along with workers from 15 other Goodyear plants in the U.S. and Canada.
Tripp said the warehouse workers decided to strike to support the plant workers and also because the contracts share similar language. "There are common issues as to why they're out," he said.
The warehouse workers also had been working on a day-to-day extension since September until last week when the union gave notice it was ending the arrangement.
USW Local 307 covers both the plant and warehouse workers.
A Goodyear spokesman said the tire maker had focused on talks for the master contract instead of the separate pact with the warehouse workers. Even with the warehouse staff on strike, however, he said the company will still supply tires from Topeka.
"We´re continuing to serve our customers out of the warehouse using salaried staff," he said.