Goodyear, United Steel Workers reach agreement

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Local union members with the Topeka’s Goodyear plant made an agreement Saturday night with United Steel Workers.

The tentative agreement is for a new five-year master labor contract that covers nearly 7,000 workers at five plants in the United States. Topeka’s Goodyear plant makes large, off-road tires as well as commercial truck tires. The plant employs more than 1,500 workers.

“We believe we have crafted a new labor agreement that positions both Goodyear and the United Steelworkers for success in the future,” said Jim Allen, Goodyear’s vice president, Global Labor Relations.
It is expected that the local unions will schedule ratification votes within the next few weeks.
Bargaining teams for the tire maker and United Steel Workers recently met in Ohio to review each side of the proposals. Issues discussed were wages, pensions and health care.

The Topeka United Steelworkers posted a release on their Facebook page Thursday that as they entered the final hours of the negotiations but remained far apart on many significant issues.

“Goodyear needs to respond in the right way to the union’s proposals on wages, pensions, healthcare, scheduling and other issues.”

The release went on to say “Goodyear has been dragging their feet on the key issues and we expect to see serious progress in the coming hours.”

A release on Friday said “the union has been advised that at certain plants the company has brought newly hired probationary employees into a room and threatened that if they joined the union on any picket lines they would be fired.”

“Just so all members are clear on this issue. Should the union find it necessary to strike, we will strike with all our members and will not return without all our members, including probationary employees.”

More details about the negotiations can be found at


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