USW, BF Goodrich Reach Tentative Contract Settlement

Jul 29, 2013, 13:27 ET from United Steelworkers (USW)

PITTSBURGH, July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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 working since June on a new collective bargaining agreement. The previous contract expired on Saturday. The new agreement is scheduled to 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, along with BF Goodrich coordinator Larry Jackson. "This agreement represents a step forward for USW members at BF Goodrich."

Specific details of the contract will be withheld until members are able to review and vote on it. 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.

The USW represents 850,000 members in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. It is the largest private-sector union in North America, representing workers in a range of industries including metals, mining, rubber, paper and forestry, oil refining, health care, security, hotels, and municipal governments and agencies.

CONTACT: Larry Jackson,
(256) 546-6960,

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)