CINCINNATI (Aug. 31, 2009) — Goodyear and the United Steelworkers have reached tentative agreement on a new four-year master contract covering workers at seven tire plants.
The two sides reached accord at 9 p.m. Aug. 29 in Cincinnati, with a midnight deadline looming. The original three-year agreement was to expire July 18, but it was extended twice as talks progressed.
Jim Allen, Goodyear chief negotiator, said the company is pleased to have reached an agreement that accomplishes Goodyear's bargaining goals and helps secure the future for its U.S. factories.
The USW will schedule ratification votes at the affected plants within the next week. Details of the agreement will be released after information and ratification meetings are held, the union said.
The contract, if ratified, will cover about 11,500 at tire manufacturing sites in Akron; Buffalo, N.Y.; Danville, Va.; Fayetteville, N.C.; Gadsden, Ala.; Topeka, Kan.; and Union City, Tenn.
The Steelworkers union continues to negotiate on new contracts with Bridgestone Americas Inc., where about 4,500 members work at seven tire and rubber product facilities. The contract there was extended on a day-to-day basis.
Steelworkers at Michelin North America Inc.'s BFGoodrich tire manufacturing sites in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Tuscaloosa, Ala., ratified a new three-year pact with the company on Aug. 21. A third USW-represented BFG plant in Opelika, Ala., is slated to close this fall.