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Bridgestone, Union Reach Deal

September 17, 2009
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Fresh reports say that Bridgestone Americas and the United Steelworkers have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year master contract.

The deal was struck, said reports, early Wednesday in Louisville, Ky.

Neither side made any comment regarding the proposed contract.

AT four tears, the Bridgestone Americas master union deal would match Goodyear’s tentative – but still not ratified – union deal in length. Michelin North America’s new contract with the USW covers three years, as most tiremaker-union contracts have in the past.

The USW negiotiating team issued a brief statement ion its Solidarity News Web site: “The Frame Work of a tentative agreement was reached the early morning hours Wednesday, Sept. 16. Your Policy Committee, along with International Representatives are working to finalize the details of the Tentative Agreement, and will be returning home sometime next week.”