DANVILLE, Va. (Feb. 12, 2009)—United Steelworkers Local 831 members at Goodyear's truck tire plant in Danville are expected to vote Feb. 19 on a tentative agreement with the tire maker.
The Akron-based tire maker declined to provide details until after the union vote.
The tentative pact resulted from meetings between company and union officials earlier in the month regarding the “state of the business” and the future of the Danville plant, according to the local union.
“The company's presentation was short and to the point about how the economic downturn is drastically affecting the tire industry. It is evident that the partial weeks out are not effectively reducing inventories,” the local stated on its Web site.
The factory has held periodic weeklong shutdowns since January. A partial shutdown slated for the week of Feb. 23 has been postponed.
The Danville plant produces truck and aircraft tires, with a daily capacity of 13,000 units.