MORRISON, Tenn. (July 25, 2005) — United Steelworkers Local 1155 members at Bridgestone/Firestone's Warren County, Tenn., truck tire plant have approved a new contract with BFS by a 74-percent approval margin in revoting that ended today.
The more than 700 members at the plant originally had rejected the proposal by an 85-percent margin in voting June 17, and had gone as far as issuing a five-day strike notice that was withdrawn last week.
“Our members asked us to revisit the issues one more time,” said a spokesman for the union local. The leadership of Local 1155 had recommended against the contract proposal before the initial vote but put up the pact without recommendation this time.
BFS reached contract agreements affecting more than 5,000 workers at seven other company tire and rubber plants last month. The Warren County contingent was among the locals included in the negotiations, although itspact is separate from the master contract covering six of the factories.
The contracts run through July 23, 2006, thus lining up with previous contracts the USW ratified with Goodyear and Michelin North America Inc.´s BFGoodrich tire units.