STATESVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 13, 2004) — The United Steelworkers of America (USWA) has successfully organized workers at Goodyear's tire mold plant in Statesville, N.C., according to the Pittsburgh-based labor union.
A majority of production and maintenance workers have signed USWA authorization cards, an independent arbitrator confirmed Feb. 11. About 130 Statesville workers now will recognize the USWA as their bargaining agent, the union said.
The workers, who produce tire molds for Goodyear, were organized through a neutrality agreement in the 2003 USWA-Goodyear labor agreement. The neutrality agreement provides Statesville workers with a guaranteed first contract without the risk of a work stoppage.
Work will soon begin on negotiating an agreement, the USWA said.
Statesville becomes the first Goodyear production facility to organize with a union in more than 30 years, the last being the Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. plant in Fayetteville, N.C. in 1972. The United Rubber Workers union — which organized that facility — merged with the USWA in 1995.