Steelworkers, Goodyear Reach Tentative Agreement, Strike Averted
The United Steelworkers reached a tentative agreement with Goodyear Tire & Rubber late Saturday night, averting a possible strike just hours shy of the deadline. If approved, the five-year master contract would cover 7,000 workers at five plants in Ohio, Viginia, North Carolina, Alabama and Kansas. Workers voted in April to authorize a strike if an agreement couldn’t be reached before the previous four-year contract expired at midnight.
Although both sides have been largely silent about negotiations, the Steelworkers’ policy committee indicated in a message to members on Thursday that the company and the union were “far apart” on issues including wages, health care, scheduling and pensions. They also alleged that Goodyear had threatened probationary new hires with firing if they took part in a potential strike.
The agreement must now be ratified by USW workers at the individual plants; votes are expected in the next few weeks. Details of the agreement will not be released until the union’s members have had a chance to consider it.