BFNAT Contract Talks Recessed, But Contract Extension Nixed - Tire Review Magazine

BFNAT Contract Talks Recessed, But Contract Extension Nixed

(Akron/Tire Review) News reports out of Des Moines say that master contract negotiations between Bridgestone/Firestone and the United Steelworkers have “temporarily recessed,” but that the union has rejected a company offer to extend the current contract on a day-to-day basis.

The union said it was suspending talks pending the outcome of the union’s negotiations with Michelin North America. MNA was selected as the USW’s target company for a pattern contract.

USW said that its Bridgestone/Firestone workers will not go on strike when the current master contract expires at midnight July 23, but there has been no formal announcement if the contract will be extended on a day-to-day basis as has been done with Goodyear.

USW leaders "are not calling for a strike at this point. We urge all members to continue to report to work," the union said in a statement to workers.

At the same time, without an extension of the current contract, either side is free to take action, including striking or instituting plant shutdowns.

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