Tyre workers left out in the cold by globalisation trend

Editorial: Rubber and Plastics News

Merry Christmas. Here’s your $5000 pay cut.

That’s the deal United Steelworkers Local 1055 members at Bridgestone Americas Inc.’s LaVergne, Tennessee, tyre plant agreed to via a contract ratification vote 30 Nov. They approved a cut of $2.50 an hour in wages, also lost a week of paid vacation, and 40 veteran employees will be offered $25 000 “please leave” money.

A brutal concessionary contract shoved down the workers’ throats? In this day and age, not really. In fact, a case can be…

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