PITTSBURGH (Sept. 14, 2009)—Four United Steelworkers locals staffing Goodyear tire plants have approved the union's four-year tentative agreement with the company, but votes coming later this week will determine if the pact is ratified.
Steelworkers at facilities in Akron; Buffalo, N.Y.; Topeka, Kan.; and Union City, Tenn., have voted to accept the terms of the new deal, according to union sources and local media reports. Those four sites employ about 4,800 USW members.
Workers at the Akron tire maker's Danville, Va., plant, which employs about 1,800 Steelworkers, voted the contract down on Sept. 10.
For ratification, four of the seven covered plants must approve the contract, which would run into July 2013. However, the majority of the workers must also favor the agreement, and that has not been determined yet.
USW members at factories in Gadsden, Ala., and Fayetteville, N.C., which together employ about 3,700 union workers, will complete their votes later this week.
Goodyear and the USW reached tentative accord on the new contract Aug. 29.