Goodyear and its striking United Steelworkers union are set to restart their negotiations today in Cincinnati. It'll be the first bargaining session between the two sides since October Fifth, when talks broke off and 12-thousand workers walked out at Goodyear plants in the U-S and Canada. Among those striking are about two-thousand workers at the Goodyear plant in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
The meeting comes as the Akron-based tire company moves forward with a plan to shut down a plant in Tyler, Texas, eliminating about eleven-hundred jobs. The Steelworkers insist that plant should remain open.
Goodyear Chairman and C-E-O Robert Keegan told analysts last week that closing the plant is part of a strategy to stop making wholesale private label tires.