Goodyear, USW progressing towards deal
Strike action at Goodyear plants in the US has been averted following the announcement of a tentative agreement between the tyre maker and the United Steelworkers union. On the evening of Saturday 27 July, as the clock ticked away on the previous four-year contract, the two parties reached an understanding over a four-year labour agreement that covers some 8,500 employees at Goodyear’s Buffalo, Topeka, Fayetteville, Danville, Gadsden and Akron plant.
Jim Allen, Goodyear’s vice-president Global Labor Relations, and USW International vice-president Tom Conway, head of the union’s bargaining team, said the tentative agreement must be approved by a majority of the six local unions representing a majority of the membership. While Goodyear Tire & Rubber hasn’t commented further on the negotiations at this time, Tom Conway stated: “The new tentative agreement includes economic and non-economic improvements for all union represented Goodyear employees, which led the committee to unanimously endorse it for ratification by the membership.”
Neither the Goodyear nor the USW statement on the deal went into specific details; both said they don’t want to disclose these until union members at the plants have an opportunity to review it. The USW will determine dates for informational meetings and ratification votes this week.