Yokohama Tire Announces New Collective Bargaining Agreement at Salem Plant

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The Yokohama Tire plant in Salem has reached a new four-year contract agreement with union representatives of its workforce.

The tentative agreement, announced Tuesday, would replace a previous contract signed in 2018, said Tetsuro “Tex” Murakami, president of Salem-based Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia.

“Negotiations again went smoothly as both parties were professional and worked diligently throughout the process,” Murakami said in a statement. “Representatives for both parties agreed that this was a fair and just contract that benefits all parties involved.”

The plant’s union, United Steelworkers Local 1023, represents about 500 people at the Indiana Street site.

The tentative agreement comes after several rallies organized by the union, according to posts on the local’s social media. The possibility of a strike was also raised over the summer, according to earlier announcements.

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In at least one recent article, members were discouraged from doing interviews commenting on the details of the negotiations.

Tuesday’s announcement did not include any details of the deal reached. Yokohama referred the questions to the Local 1023 offices. Someone who answered the phone indicated that no one was available to speak, and the line then disconnected.

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