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Goodyear, union reach tentative deal

Posted July 27, 2013
Updated July 28, 2013

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— Just hours before an 11 p.m. deadline Saturday, a tentative deal was reached between Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and its employees.

The United Steelworkers of America has been in negotiations since April, and last week the 2,500 employees at the tire manufacturer's Fayetteville plant were put on notice about a possible strike if negotiations on a new labor contract could not be reached.

"We think this is a very good tentative agreement. It took a lot of pressure off the membership," Terry Brewington, vice president of the United Steelworkers of America, said. "The company has made record profits for the last three years, and we're happy they were willing to negotiate with us."

Over the next couple of weeks, the union's policy committee will meet and review the proposal before it goes up for a vote.

In all, the new contract covers about 8,000 employees at six plants in the United States.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that, under the pending agreement, employees at the Fayetteville location will be protected from closure for the next four years.

In the Fayetteville plant's 40-year history, workers have gone on strike twice – the last time for about three months in 2006 over a contract dispute regarding health care for retirees and plans to close a factory in Texas.

In 2009, workers came close to another walkout, but the union and Goodyear reached a contract deal three hours before the midnight deadline.

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  • westernwake1 Jul 29, 2013

    "That is not true. There are many more companies today that provide a good work environment that DO NOT have a union. Unions had their revelance way back in the day but they have turned to cannabilizing the ones they are supose to help." - watertowertown

    I had the misfortune at one point of working for a unionized defense company. Everyone got the exact same pay raise on the exact same day no matter how poor their performance. The unionized employees with senority came into work and simply read the newspaper and refused to do any work. It was strictly last on, first off so these non-performing senior union members were never let go in the regular layoffs.

    I will never work for another company that has a union.

  • westernwake1 Jul 29, 2013

    This is the same union that attempted to protect the jobs of all the union employees arrested for selling drugs in the workplace at this plant.

    Fifteen Goodyear employees charged after undercover drug raid -
    http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/7332815/

    'Leroy Morel, a Goodyear employee for 18 years, said Tuesday that he has seen drug use at the plant.

    "Managers do let it go,” he said.

    Morel said drug dealing on the job was well known.

    "You tell the supervisors, ‘You need to get this guy outta here.’ And you tell the union, ‘You need to get this guy outta here, because he is going to get somebody hurt,’" he said.

    Vickie Faircloth, a 15-year plant employee, said she too knew of drug activity at the plant.'

    Keep in mind that if you purchase tires from Goodyear you are entrusting your safety on the road to a bunch of union employees strung out on drugs.

  • pclong2214 Jul 29, 2013

    by the way global competition, no EPA,OSHA,hour and wage regs, child labor laws. wonder where these laws came from.

  • pclong2214 Jul 29, 2013

    do you consider the people from the NCAE union members or is that only a social club for teachers?

  • mep Jul 29, 2013

    BY the way folks, if the company provided a friendly and fair work environment, the workplace wouldn't be unionized.
    pclong2214

    Untrue.... the vast vast vast majority of employers here in NC are NOT unionized.... and provide a fair work environment for their employees as per the thousands of Federal, State and local employment laws.... "friendly" is a feeling... and has no place at work. Unions simply give employees an edge for bargaining for perks.... regardless of the cost to employers. Many employers have been bankrupted by unions demanding stuff... then the employer must compete globally against other companies that are not burdened by unions, or EPA, or OSHA, or an endless list of regulations and taxes.

  • Jul 29, 2013

    "BY the way folks, if the company provided a friendly and fair work environment, the workplace wouldn't be unionized."
    pclong2214

    That is not true. There are many more companies today that provide a good work environment that DO NOT have a union. Unions had their revelance way back in the day but they have turned to cannabilizing the ones they are supose to help.

  • pclong2214 Jul 29, 2013

    BY the way folks, if the company provided a friendly and fair work environment, the workplace wouldn't be unionized.

  • pclong2214 Jul 29, 2013

    seven, i stand corrected. my apologies for misreading your post.

  • seven74215 Jul 29, 2013

    pclong2214,
    Re-read my comments. NOWHERE in them did I say that I worked for the union, yet you read that into it of your on accord. I went to Xerox from a privately owned company to check on products they ordered from us. The other situation, well theres no need to comment further because like the left wings, you will read into it what you want, not what I say.

  • BernsteinIII Jul 29, 2013

    "Look what they've done everywhere else in the world - fostered a middle class that never would have been allowed to sprout under corporate plutocracy. Detroit is in bad shape because the city lost 1/2 its population to outsourcing and poor management response to changing market demands."

    What have you been smoking? Unions own Detroit, like NYC. Detroit lost its population due to the '67 riots and the fact that the area was a one horse town (autos). Michigan just became a right to work state, so it should be able over time reverse union's grip on industry.

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