Conti, USW conclude reopener talks

Pittsburgh –Midterm reopener negotiations between the United Steelworkers and Continental Tire North America Inc. have concluded, with some changes made in pension and other bargaining areas.

The talks, which limited bargaining to retirement issues, will affect benefits for about 3000 USW members employed at the company’s Charlotte, N.C.; Bryan, Ohio; and Mayfield, Kentucky, tyre plants, the union announced July 20. The contracts for all three plants expire on different dates in 2006.

“The negotiations were drawn-out and difficult,” said USW contract coordinator Ron Hoover, “but we were…

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