SALEM, Va. — Members of the United Steelworkers Local 1023 in Salem have ratified a four-year labor deal with Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia L.L.C. (YTMV)
The final tally was not released, but Local 1023 said on its Facebook page that the deal runs through Sept. 14, 2022, and that the vote passed by a "majority."
A Yokohama spokesman confirmed that the agreement covers about 600 bargaining unit employees. The Salem plant employs 760.
YTMV President Tetsuro Murakami said negotiations progressed well, adding that both sides were professional and worked hard throughout the process.
"We've always had a strong, positive working relationship with the union and both sides can feel good about the result," he said in a statement.
Officials from the local union could not be reached for comment.
No details on the pact were released, but the previous deal, which expired Aug. 13, covered four years. The union has been working under an extension of the previous contract.
The union looks on track to be busy in 2022 as 12 other locals covered by three agreements with Bridgestone Americas Inc., Goodyear and Sumitomo Rubber USA L.L.C. are also set to expire in July that year. Those five-year pacts were agreed to and ratified in August 2017.