PITTSBURGH—The United Steelworkers and Bridgestone Americas have reached a tentative agreement on a master contract that would cover about 4,000 workers at six company facilities.
The two sides came to terms early July 29 shortly after the prior contract had expired.
Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh-based USW is continuing talks with Goodyear and Michelin, which have master agreements that expire July 29 and 30, respectively.
The tentative pact with Bridgestone is for USW locals in Des Moines, Iowa; Akron; Bloomington, Ill.; Russellville, Ark.; and La Vergne and Warren County, Tenn.
Kevin Johnsen, chairman of the USW Rubber and Plastic Industry Council, said the local union leaders were key in making sure the concerns of the membership were addressed during negotiations.
"We came to the table prepared to negotiate in good faith for a fair contract, and management made us fight for it every step of the way," Johnsen said in a statement. "We are proud of what we have accomplished thanks to the unity, strength and solidarity of our members and activists across all of the Bridgestone locations."