Steelworkers Ratify Contracts with Titan International

            Steelworkers Ratify Contracts with Titan International

PR Newswire

PITTSBURGH, March 19, 2013

PITTSBURGH, March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The United Steelworkers
(USW) today said that workers at three Titan International, Inc. tire plants
ratified new contracts this week.


The members of USW Local 164 in Des Moines, Iowa; USW Local 745 in Freeport,
Ill.; and USW Local 890 in Bryan, Ohio each approved four-year agreements,
which include wage and benefit improvements and a variety of contract language
enhancements, most notably around the issue of forced overtime.

USW District 7 Director Jim Robinson, who chairs the union's negotiations with
Titan, said that the union believes it reached a fair contract despite the
challenge of negotiating while the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is
caught up in a political and legal dispute between the U.S. Senate and
President Obama.

"For a variety of reasons, these were difficult negotiations," said Robinson.
"We were able to address important issues at all three locations and satisfied
a majority of the men and women whose unity and solidarity never wavered
throughout the process."

Robinson noted that Steelworkers at the Bryan and Freeport facilities spent
the last two years dealing with problems created by Titan's implementation of
a "last, best and final" contract, which led the union to file charges with
the NLRB. Those charges were settled as part of the new agreements between
Titan and the USW.

The USW is North America's largest industrial union, representing 850,000
workers in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto
supply and the energy-producing industries.

More information, contact: Tony Montana (412) 562-2592;

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)

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