CINCINNATI (Aug. 27, 2009)—Negotiators for Goodyear and the United Steelworkers will be working hard to hammer out a new master contract agreement as the Aug. 29 deadline looms.
Despite slow progress, some movement has been made in recent days toward reaching a resolution, according to a USW Web site. Wage and benefits issues are among the obstacles remaining, the union said.
Leading up to the deadline, the USW's Goodyear Policy Committee will “be working around the clock” in Cincinnati to reach an agreement, the union said. While both parties are interested in ending the talks successfully, the USW cautioned its members to be prepared for the possibility of a labor dispute.
The original Goodyear/Steelworkers contract, covering 11,500 employees at seven tire manufacturing sites, expired July 18. The pact was extended twice, the first time to Aug. 15 and then to Aug. 29.
About 4,500 workers at seven Bridgestone Americas Inc. tire and rubber product plants are working on a day-to-day extension. Workers at two Michelin North America Inc./BFGoodrich tire plants ratified a new master contract Aug. 21.