Goodyear and USW resume labor talks

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and the United Steelworkers (USW) are slated to resume negotiations in an effort to end an ongoing ten week-old strike involving 15,000 USW members at 16 Goodyear plants in the U.S. and Canada.

USW noted last week that U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, urged the company and union arrange to return 200 workers to work at a Topeka, KS plant to fully satisfy military demand for Humvee tires.

“Although Goodyear continues to claim that it is meeting the military’s production needs, Rep. Hunter says that with production levels reduced by 35%, there is a shortage within the military,” stated a USW news release.

Goodyear and USW are expected to address health care benefits and the possibility of plant closures.

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