Steelworkers call on Goodyear to live up to agreement and preserve jobs

    TORONTO, April 5 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers' (USW) Ontario/Atlantic
Director Wayne Fraser says Goodyear Canada Inc. and any successor owner of the
company's Engineered Products Division (EPD) must live up to the spirit of the
agreement reached in January to maintain plant security.
    "We expect the company to maintain production at all its Ontario plants
and warehouses," said Fraser. "We will fight back against any attempt to
destroy Canadian jobs.
    "Our members spent three months on the picket to protect jobs in an
industry critical to their communities. The USW is committed to the principle
negotiated with Goodyear. We want any new company to sit down with the union
and ensure a strong future for our members and their communities."
    In 2006, North-America-wide negotiations included a three-month strike
that began on Oct. 5. About 15,000 USW members in 16 plants throughout North
America returned to work at the beginning of January. In Canada, plants
affected were in Owen Sound, Collingwood and Toronto.
    The USW represents more than 850,000 members in the US and Canada. Some
70,000 are employed in the tire, rubber and plastics industry.

For further information:

For further information: Wayne Fraser, (416) 243-8792, (416) 577-4045;
Marie Kelly (lead negotiator for Canadian Goodyear locals), (416) 243-8792,
(416) 705-3627

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