BFNT, Steelworkers resume negotiations

March 16, 2007

Labor contract negotiators from Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC (BFNT) and the United Steelworkers are back at the bargaining table.

The parties resumed talks on March 12 following a break to analyze several issues.

"We're making some progress, (but) we're looking at a lot of complex issues," a BFNT spokesman recently told "Drafting proposals and studying the issues is taking some time."

A new contract will cover five BFNT tire manufacturing plants, as well as two industrial products factories.