BFGoodrich, USW reach agreement
BFGoodrich has joined Goodyear and Bridgestone in reaching a tentative agreement with the United Steelworkers. The tyre maker and union negotiating teams have nutted out a three-year contract covering 2,400 workers at the company’s Tuscaloosa and Fort Wayne plants in the US.
In a statement, the USW comments that both parties had been working since June on a new collective bargaining agreement to replace the contract that expired on 27 July. The new agreement is scheduled to expire on 30 July 2016.
“Our goal throughout the bargaining process has been to reach an agreement that ensures a solid future both for our members and their families,” said USW secretary-treasurer Stan Johnson, who led the negotiations for the union, along with BF Goodrich coordinator Larry Jackson. “This agreement represents a step forward for USW members at BF Goodrich.”
Specific details of the contract will not be made public until union members are able to review and vote on it. Ratification votes are scheduled to take place by 9 August.