JOLIETTE, Quebec (May 27, 2005) — Union workers at Bridgestone/Firestone Canada Inc.'s Joliette car and light truck tire plant have ratified a new six-year agreement, three months before the existing agreement was to expire.
More than 80 percent of the voting members of Syndicat des Travailleurs de Bridgestone/Firestone de Joliette approved the pact May 23. The union is part of the Confederation des Syndicats Nationaux, a Quebec-based labor organization.
BFS Canada said in a release that the results of the negotiation were beneficial to both sides and secures more than $10 million in positive economic impact for the Joliette region—located less than 50 miles north of Montreal.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed, although BFS said the contract provides an improved employee pension fund, which was one of the major issues in the negotiations.
“We worked together to establish terms that will ensure greater flexibility for our operations,” said Isaac Motohashi, general manager of the Joliette plant. “This flexibility is essential first to our growth, and consequently to maintain jobs.”
BFS Canada manufactures about 12,500 radial passenger and light truck tires a day at Joliette, with a work force of more than 1,300.