August 5, 2013
By Stephanie West
Pittsburgh, Penn. – The United Steelworkers (USW) have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract with BF Goodrich covering 2,400 workers at facilities in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Fort Wayne, Ind. The union and the tire company had been negotiating since June on a new agreement which will expire on July 30, 2016.
“Our goal throughout the bargaining process has been to reach an agreement that ensures a solid future both for our members and their families,” said USW Secretary-Treasurer Stan Johnson, who led the negotiations for the union. Ratification votes are scheduled to take place by Aug. 9.
The USW also has reached tentative agreements covering 8,500 workers at Goodyear and 4,500 at Bridgestone-Firestone.