Goodyear contract talks update: union walks away from table

Nov. 17, 2006

Only three days after both parties returned to the bargaining table, the United Steelworkers called off contract talks with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. No new talks are scheduled.

On Friday, Nov. 17, Goodyear presented proposals to the union, which were rejected.

Union officials said the proposals were aimed at "allowing Goodyear to 'get out of the retiree health care business,' close a USW plant and drastically reduce pay and benefits for union workers."

"It is clear from discussions that the two primary issues continue to be retiree health care and the announced closure of (Goodyear's) Tyler, Texas, plant," said Goodyear officials.

The parties had been meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio.