DALLAS (March 24, 2004) — The company that took over Goodyear's human resources functions and absorbed about 100 Goodyear employees said some of those workers eventually will be without jobs as the transition progresses.
Goodyear and Dallas-based ACS Inc. announced last month a 10-year agreement for ACS to provide a wide range of HR business process services for Goodyear's North American operations. About 100 positions were then transferred from the tire maker's Akron headquarters. Goodyear expects a savings of about $45 million over the life of the contract from the move.
At the time of the announcement, Goodyear said the 100 or so employees would be transferred to ACS with the same pay, comparable benefits and vacation time. A spokesmen then told Tire Business that “down the road” some work may change or be automated by technology upgrades.
A spokeswoman with ACS told Tire Business today that all transferred employees have been given project-based agreements that indicate how long they will be working on a project as part of the overall transition. She said ACS immediately assumed control of HR functions as part of the agreement, but the larger transition to improve and automate systems will take about a year to year and a half.
“That changes the number of employees and type of employees required to support the work,” she said.
The spokeswoman did not indicate how many employees will be affected.
A Goodyear spokesman said today that the contract calls for ACS to provide supplemental benefits to the employees. “The contract calls for ACS to provide similar benefits and support services if they have to lay anyone off,” he said.