USW Members Ratify Contract with Bridgestone-Firestone

            USW Members Ratify Contract with Bridgestone-Firestone

PR Newswire

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 12, 2013

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Members of the United
Steelworkers (USW) voted to ratify 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 reached agreement in late July on a new
collective bargaining agreement after several months of talks. Union members
voted by a 2-to-1 margin to accept the new agreement.

"This contract represents a significant step forward," said USW International
Secretary-Treasurer Stan Johnson, who oversaw the talks for the union. "It
provided for wage and pension improvements while protecting health care
coverage. Substantial gains were also made for those hired in recent years,
which was another goal set by the bargaining committees."

USW members wore shirts during negotiations that read "The Concession Stand is
Closed" to highlight the fact that the membership was determined to make

"We made sacrifices in the past when the company needed us to make them," said
Randy Boulton, Bridgestone-Firestone coordinator for the USW. "Now, with
significant investments being made in the workers and in the plants, we're
looking forward to a prosperous future."

The new agreement provides a signing bonus and general wage increases for all
employees, as well as improvements to the wage tier and benefit systems for
new hires, increased pension contributions and protection of retiree health
care benefits.

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

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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