AKRON, Ohio, September 19, 2009 – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced today that a new, four-year master labor contract has been ratified by members of the United Steelworkers union today.
“This agreement reflects the commitment of Goodyear and the USW to continue to work together to achieve our common goal of world-class competitiveness,” said Richard J. Kramer, Goodyear’s chief operating officer and president, North American Tire.
Kramer said the new master contract and recently completed local agreements, build on significant changes made in the 2003 and 2006 agreements and address the core issues of productivity, compensation costs and flexibility impacting the competitiveness of the company’s North American Tire business.
The seven plants covered by the master agreement are in: Akron, Ohio; Buffalo, N.Y.; Danville, Va.; Fayetteville, N.C.; Gadsden, Ala.; Topeka, Kan.; and Union City, Tenn. It covers approximately 10,300 associates.
Goodyear will hold an investor conference call to discuss details of the contract at 2 p.m. on Monday, September 28. Investors, members of the media and other interested persons may access the conference call on the company’s investor relations Web site: www.goodyear.com/investor or via telephone by calling (706) 634-5954 before 1:55 p.m. that day.
Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs nearly 70,000 people and manufactures its products in more than 60 facilities in 25 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate.
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