SAN LUIS POTOSI, Mexico — Workers at Goodyear's tire factory in San luis Potosi voted overwhelmingly recently to be represented by the Independent Union of Goodyear Tire Workers (SITGM), a trade union affiliated with the Mexican Workers' Union League (LSOM, or La Liga).
The election, which took place Aug. 7-8 in central Mexico, came after months of squabbling between company management and the workers, a stolen ballot box, an unfair labor complaint against Goodyear and a favorable decision from the U.S. Department of Labor.
The decision affects 1,144 hourly workers at the 7-year-old San Luis Potosi plant.
About 91 % of the workers voted for the SITGM over another union affiliated with the Confederation of Workers of Mexico (CTM), considered a pro-employer union; 992 workers voted.
"Goodyear is committed to our employees' rights to free association and collective bargaining and respects the results of the vote," a Goodyear spokesperson told Tire Business sister publication Rubber News Aug. 10.
"The company anticipates no impact on the operations of the plant, which is a state-of-the-art facility with strong employee satisfaction and attrition of less than 1%."
Under the new contract, Goodyear workers will receive a 30% wage increase to between $6.86 and $7.72 an hour from about $4.29 per hour, according to Julio Cesar Flores Lopez, a SITGM representative.
Workers also will have a larger retirement fund, an increase in their Christmas bonuses and more vacation time under the new contract.
The wage increases will include retroactive payments to before Jan. 19, 2024, when the new union contract must be applied by Goodyear, since the contract under which they are working now has a lower salary.