MACON, Ga.—More than 325 employees at Kumho Tire Georgia, just outside of Atlanta, have ratified the first labor contract at the tire facility, with the vote coming more than two years after the United Steelworkers was certified as the workers' bargaining agent.
The contract is historic in nature, as the hourly staff at the seven-year-old Macon factory became the first tire workers to unionize in roughly three decades when they voted for USW representation in 2019.
Employees "overwhelmingly" ratified the labor pact between Kumho and USW District 9 during voting Aug. 8-9, according to a USW spokesperson.
"The membership at Kumho Tire fought for years to win the rights and benefits of a fair union contract," USW International President Tom Conway said Aug. 10. "Thanks to their solidarity and the hard work of our bargaining committee, they achieved that goal."
The Atlanta-based subsidiary of South Korea's Kumho Tire Co. Inc. did not return calls seeking comment.
USW representatives could not immediately be reached for further comment.
The contract is for four years, though specific dates for the contract were not immediately known.
USW District 9 Director Daniel Flippo, based in Gardendale, Ala., said the contract provides yearly wage improvements and other pay increases. Paid time off, a joint health and safety committee and other workplace protections also are written into the new contract, all while maintaining quality health care and other benefits, he said.