8-hour shifts at Goodyear begin in July
Posted: Monday, May 4, 2009 9:07 pm
The company in February provided its associates with the required 60-day notice of its intent to reduce the Union City work schedule from a seven-day continuous operating schedule to a five-day schedule.
It was stated in February that this is in response to market challenges and the weak economy. The Akron, Ohio-based company said demand for new tires is weak as auto sales slump and the market for replacement tires is also down because people are driving less.
“We are working on the details of this schedule change,” Union City plant manager Todd Turner said. “We will make more information available in the weeks ahead.”
Last week, Goodyear placed an offer on the table for its union members as it looks to make significant changes in production levels in light of the economic downturn. It includes possible buyouts, beginning with 600 associates in Phase 1 of the three-phase plan and includes an additional 400 associates in Phase 2. Phase 3 calls for the possible closing of the plant. The proposal, dated April 24, states the Union City facility will be excluded from and not be protected under Letter 53 of the agreement and may be closed.
USW Local 878 communications director Willis Hicks said union members must hold informative meetings and agree upon the contract by a vote of ratification. Those meetings are scheduled for today and Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Union City Civic Auditorium on the Union City High School campus.