SALEM, Va.—Labor peace will reign for four years at Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia L.L.C.
United Steelworkers Local 1023 in Salem voted to ratify the deal it reached with the unit of Yokohama Tire Corp., securing labor stability and ensuring the plant will remain open through May 16, 2018, per a clause in the contract.
A Yokohama spokesman and Local 1023 President Steve Jones confirmed the deal was ratified after voting took place on June 1 and 2. Jones said the local voted about 75 percent in favor of the deal. The plant employs about 750 active union members, according to Jones.
Yokohama was not able to further comment in time for this report.
“I think it was a fair deal for all,” Jones said. “Us as a negotiating committee wouldn't have brought it back to our members if we didn't think it was a fair contract.”
Jones said the USW stayed within the concepts of pattern bargaining, following the deals that were ratified in 2013 involving the three largest tire makers: Goodyear, Michelin North America Inc.'s BF Goodrich subsidiary and Bridgestone Americas Inc.
Jones said Local 1023 didn't have to make many concessions in the negotiating process and the final contract contained very few things that negatively impacted the union.