BFNT, Steelworkers will resume contract talks

Jan. 16, 2007

Negotiators from Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC (BFNT) and the United Steelworkers will return to the bargaining table on Jan. 30 in hopes of forging a new labor contract for seven Bridgestone/Firestone plants.

A new contract would cover five Bridgestone/Firestone tire factories and two industrial products plants.

The tire plants are located in Akron, Ohio; Des Moines, Iowa; Bloomington, Ill.; and Warren County and La Vergne, Tenn. The industrial products plants include an air spring manufacturing facility in Noblesville, Ind., plus a factory in Russellville, Ark.

Negotiators also will discuss issues pertaining to last month's shuttering of BFNT's Oklahoma City, Okla., plant.