DES MOINES, Iowa (Aug. 22, 2001)—After bringing the longest strike in tire industry history to the brink of a settlement, things are quiet between Titan International Inc. and the United Steelworkers of America.
No bargaining sessions have been held since the first week of August, when both sides were close to a tentative contract agreement. However, a USWA spokesman said he expects talks to continue in the near future.
USWA Local 164's 670 members went on strike at Titan's Des Moines farm tire plant May 1, 1998. The factory has kept up production through the use of replacement workers.