PITTSBURGH (March 18, 2003) — The United Steelworkers of America (USWA) master contract talks with tire makers are continuing, as the union began talks with Bridgestone/Firestone on March 14 and with Michelin North America Inc.'s Uniroyal and BFGoodrich units on March 18.
The union — which represents nearly 90,000 active workers in the rubber and plastics industry — started talks with Goodyear on March 13. Those talks cover 14 union locals representing about 20,000 members working at Goodyear, Dunlop and Kelly-Springfield tire and rubber facilities in the U.S. The master contracts for Goodyear and Dunlop plants expire April 19, and the Kelly contract expires July 6.
The Pittsburgh-based USWA bargaining units represent 6,000 workers in eight BFS facilities and 4,000 workers in three Michelin plants. The BFS and Michelin contracts expire April 23.
“Our biggest concerns are job security for our members and ensuring that the company makes investments that keep production in our communities,” said John Sellers, USWA executive vice president.
In a statement, the USWA said BFS' renewed profitability since the 2000 Firestone tire recall will allow the company to “acknowledge and reward the workers' contributions to this turnaround.”