AKRON (March 21, 2007) — A group of union officials representing workers within the global Goodyear manufacturing chain met March 19-20 in Akron to refocus their efforts in achieving “justice” for those workers.
About 50 delegates of the Goodyear Global Union Network met to discuss the tire maker's status and future strategies, economic conditions, working conditions at Goodyear facilities, and upcoming and recent negotiations—including the contract reached after the 86-day United Steelworkers (USW) strike in the U.S. and Canada, which concluded in December.
The delegates formed a new steering committee to coordinate network activities, headed by USW Vice President Tom Conway, and the organization pledged to increase the effective functioning of the steering committee improve communications.
The network also is seeking a global agreement with Goodyear management, beginning with attention to occupational health, safety and environmental issues, according to a resolution from the conference.
“Given Goodyear's increasing size and global scope, it is important that unions participating in the Goodyear Global Union network recommit their efforts to secure and promote the rights for all workers worldwide at Goodyear,” the resolution said.
The network was first established by the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions back in March 1999 at a meeting held in Cleveland.