USW, Bridgestone-Firestone Reach Tentative Agreement

             USW, Bridgestone-Firestone Reach Tentative Agreement

PR Newswire

PITTSBURGH, July 29, 2013

PITTSBURGH, July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The United Steelworkers
(USW) have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with
Bridgestone-Firestone covering 4,500 workers at six facilities.

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The union and the tire company had been working since June on a new collective
bargaining agreement. The previous contract expired on Saturday.

"This agreement is a step forward for USW members," said USW
Secretary-Treasurer Stan Johnson, who led the negotiations for the union,
along with Randy Boulton, Bridgestone-Firestone coordinator. "The committee
worked hard to make progress both on economic and non-economic issues and to
improve the situation for new hires."

The agreement covers workers at plants in Akron, Ohio; Des Moines, Iowa;
Russellville, Ark.; LaVergne, Tenn.; Warren County, Tenn., and Bloomington,

Specific details of the contract will be withheld until members are able to
review and vote on it. Ratification votes are expected to take place over the
next two weeks.

The union also reached tentative agreements covering 8,500 USW members at
Goodyear and 2,500 members at BF Goodrich.

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: Randy Boulton,
(515) 953-0783,

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)

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