Thursday, October 05, 2006

Letter to Leo Gerard, President of the United Steelworkers, about the Goodyear Strike

Letter to Leo Gerard, President of the United Steelworkers, about the Goodyear Strike

Dear President Gerard

My best wishes are with you and your 15,000 striking members. Please know that I stand by to offer support for this struggle in any way that you might suggest.

If you have flyers about the strike that have the name and address of the strike fund I will be happy to distribute them at my shows for as long as the strike continues. In the next six weeks I will be performing in Philadelphia, San Diego, Detroit, Boston, Providence, Toronto, Atlanta and Jacksonville and it will be my privilege to share your struggle with my audiences. I will also be passing the hat at each up my
upcoming concerts.

In the course of my travels I will seek out your members' picket lines and stop by to offer encouragement and support. Please send literature about the strike that I may pass out at my concerts to: 7206 Michigan Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218 - or I can come downtown and pick up material if that is more convenient. Call me at 412.877.6480 if you want me to come get materials.

Whatever it takes, for as long as it takes -

In solidarity

Anne Feeney
AFM Locals 60-471 and 1000


steelworker said...

National Solidarity Actions with Steelworkers Striking at Goodyear

The members of the United Steelworkers (USW) at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company are fighting for their working lives. On October 5 of this year, in response to unacceptable contract offers from the company, 15,000 members of the USW were forced to strike for job security and the guarantee of healthcare in their retirement. With their jobs on the line, members of the United Steelworkers are prepared to fight ONE DAY LONGER for justice for working families.

Now, in the eighth week of their strike, the Steelworkers are organizing actions at stores that sell Goodyear tires across the country. Come join members of the USW in getting the word out about their struggle and informing the public of the dangers of driving on tires produced during a labor dispute.

Major Goodyear Tire Store Actions for Saturday, Dec. 2

Columbus, Ohio area stores:
Goodyear Auto Service Center, 5015 N. High St., Columbus

Detroit (Redford), Michigan: 13955 Telegraph Road, 8 a.m.
Bay City, Michigan: meeting at USW Local 12075 hall (3510 James Savage Rd., Midland)
Bay City office (503 N. Euclid Ave., Suite 10, Bay City) at 9:30 a.m., arriving at Goodyear sites by 10a.m.
701 N. Euclid Avenue, Bay City (primary)
725 S. Saginaw Road, Midland (secondary)
Madison, Wisconsin:
608 E. Washington Street, 12 Noon
3773 E. Washington Street (near striking Goodyear local at Sun Prairie) 12 Noon

Regina, Canada
11 a.m. meet at USW office, 26-395 Park St.

Cherry Hill, NJ:
Just Tires, 408 Haddonfield Rd. (by the Cherry Hill Mall), 9am
Kenmore: NY 1795 Sheraton Dr., 9 am
Braintree, Mass.:
Sullivan Tire and Auto Service, 120 Ivory St., 3 p.m.
Sullivan Tire and Auto Service, 387 Common St

Montreal, Que. (details tba)

Ottawa, Ont.
Meet at 11 a.m., USW office, 2285 St. Laurent Blvd.

Fort Wayne, Ind., 4106 Coldwater Rd., 9 a.m.
Indianapolis (Speedway), Ind., 5970 Crawfordsville Rd., 10 am
Highland, 9500 Indianapolis Blvd., 10 a.m.
Hobart, Ind. (details tba)
Merrillville, Ind..(details tba)

Louisville, Ky. (Shively)
Goodyear Auto, 4900 Dixie Hwy, 10 a.m.

Birmingham, Al:
201 Roebuck, Plaza Drive, 9 am
1623 Montgomery Hwy, 9 am
Union City, TN (details tba)
Fayetteville, NC (details tba)

Allentown/Bethlehem (Whitehall) 1141 McArthur Rd., 10 a.m.

Topeka, Kansas 420 SW Croix (Topeka & Croix) 8 a.m.
5140 SW 21st St. (21st and Fairlawn Rd), 8 a.m.
Lincoln, Neb., Graham Tire Stores at 2121 Cornhusker Hwy and 6800 “O” St., 8 a.m.

Portland, Oregon
HB Tire Center, 4547 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, 11 a.m.
& Division Tire, Division St.
Salt Lake City (Taylorsville): Anderson Tire, 4752 South Redwood Rd., 10:00am

Houston, Texas: Goodyear/Gemini Store, 1519 Fannin, 9 a.m.
Phillip’s Tire, 2212 Mangum Rd., 9 a.m.
Tyler, Texas: Sam’s Club, 2025 S Southwest Loop 323, 9 a.m.

steelworker said...

USW Goodyear Workers take their
message to NASCAR in
Times Square New York City

Anonymous said...

December 16: National Solidarity Actions with Strikers at Goodyear
Actions in Over 100 Cities Across the US and Canada

On October 5 of this year, in response to unacceptable contract offers from
the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company 15,000 members of the USW were forced
to strike for job security and the guarantee of healthcare in their
retirement. The Steelworkers are entering the tenth week of their strike
and these 15,000 union members are fighting for their working lives.

Goodyear has already announced the shutdown of the Tyler, Texas facility-
eliminating 1,200 union jobs- and is threatening to close another US
facility in the near future. Meanwhile, the company plans on increasing
imports from China while lobbying against improved labor standards in the
developing country. Currently Goodyear production employees in China are
earning as little as 42 cents an hour!

Goodyear is also working hard to get out of its obligation to retirees. The
company is trying to push its retiree healthcare obligations off its books
by setting up an under funded independent account to administer retiree
healthcare. The fund could run dry as soon as 2013, leaving retirees- some
with as many as 30 years of service- with no health insurance.

On December 16, with the help of the AFL-CIO the United Steelworkers are
planning solidarity actions at Goodyear stores in over 100 cities across the
United States and Canada. Come out on December 16 to join the United
Steelworkers in their struggle for union jobs and healthcare and to help
spread information about the strike!

For more information, check out or email

City State Address Time
Akron OH 1800 Buchholzer Rd./Chapel Hill Mall 10 a.m.
Cincinnati OH 4394 Eastgate Sq. Dr. 10 a.m.
Parma OH 1942 Snow Rd 10 a.m.
Columbus OH 5015 N. High St. 10 a.m.
Dayton OH 8121 Springboro Park 10 a.m.
Marysville OH 703 S. Maple St. 10 a.m.
Niles OH 5320 Youngstown Warren Rd 10 a.m.
Lima OH 409 W. Market St. 10 a.m.
Perrysburg OH 12645 Eckel Junction Rd 10 a.m.
North Randell OH 4740 Warrensville Center Rd 10 a.m.
Bay City/SaginawMI Meet at: 503 N. Euclid 10 a.m.
Benton Harbor MI 1927 Pipestone Rd. 9-11 a.m.
Detroit MI 3075 E. Grand Blvd. 9-11 a.m.
Portage MI 5029 S. Westnedge Ave 9-11 a.m.
Lansing MI 5504 S. Pennsylvania Ave. 9-11 a.m.
Pontiac MI 50300 Woodward Ave. 9-11 a.m.
Madison WI 3773 E. Washington St. noon - 2
W. Allis WI 10757 West National Ave noon - 2
Wethersfield CT 1020 Silas Dean Highway 9-11
Waterbury CT 144 Thomaston Ave 2-4
Dedham MA 805 Providence Hwy 9-11
Worchester MA 981 Grafton St 9-11
Westbrook ME 39 Thomas Dr 9-11
Concord NH 86 S Main St 9-11
Paramus NJ 658 Rte 17 9-11
Edison NJ 40 Parsonage Rd 9-11
Cherry Hill NJ 408 Haddonfield Rd 9-11
Albany NY 4648 Wolf Rd. 9-11
Dunkirk NY 1170 Central Ave 9-11
Kenmore NY 1795 Sheridan Dr 9-11
Hamburg NY 5566 Camp Rd 9-11
Farmingdale NY 525 Main St. 9-11
Tonawanda NY 1280 Niagara Falls Blvd 9-11
Rochester NY 2040 W. Ridge Rd. 9-11
Corning NY 20 Dennison Pkwy E 9-11
Liverpool NY 7608 Oswego Rd STE 1 9-11
Syracuse NY 3136 Erie Blvd E. 9-11
East Providence RI 520 Taunton Ave 9-11
Bloomington Ind 1507 E. Vernon Ave. 10am- noon
Bridgeview Ill. 8000 S. Harlem Ave. 9-11 a.m.
Granite City Ill 2248 Madison Ave. 10-noon
Joliet Ill 1719 W. Jefferson St. 9-11 a.m.
Moline Ill. 4119 Avenue of the Cities 9-11 a.m.
Evansville Ind 1167 S. Green River Rd. 10am- noon
Hobart Ind 1997 E. 37th Ave. (Ridge & 51) TBA
Greenwood Ind. 1298 N. Madison Ave 10am- noon
Laporte Ind 1405 Lincoln Way 10am- noon
South Bend Ind 406 E. Monroe at Lincolnway 10am- noon
Terre Haute Ind 1474 Fort Harrison Rd 10am- noon
Rockville MD 12103 Rockville Pike 9-11 a.m.
Frankfort KY 1265 US 127 South 9-11 a.m.
Louisville KY 3006 Bardstown Rd. 9-11 a.m.
Lexington KY 396 Southland Dr. 9-11 a.m.
Ashland KY 2721 Greenup Ave. 10-12am
Baltimore Md 1400 Eastern Blvd. 9-11 a.m.
Baltimore Md 5619 Harford Rd. 9-11 a.m.
Baltimore Md 9200 Baltimore National Pike 9-11 a.m.
Baltimore Md 11906 Reisterstown Rd 9-11 a.m.
Baltimore Md 8667 Philadelphia Rd 9-11 a.m.
Arlington VA 650 N. Gleebe Rd. 9-11 a.m.
Danville VA 450 Mt. Cross Rd. 9-11 a.m.
Danville VA 1281 Piney Forest Red. 9-11 a.m.
Williamsburg VA 1501 Richmond Rd 9-11 a.m.
Richmond VA 1222 Bentley St 9-11 a.m.
Richmond VA 7004 3 Chopt Rd. 9-11
Richmond VA 7501 Midlothian Turnpike 9-11 a.m.
Salem VA 1612 Main St 9-11 a.m.
Huntington WVA 4th Ave. & 12th St. 9-11 a.m.
Wheeling WVA 16th & Jacobs St. 9-11 a.m.
Birmingham AL 1623 Montgomery Hwy 9-11am
Jacksonville FL 5825 Beach Blvd 9-11am
Miami FL 20390 S. Dixie Hwy 9-11am
Orlando FL 6000 S. Orange Blossom Trail 9-11am
Mobile AL 3255 Airport Blvd 9-11am
West Palm Beach FL 3110 45th St. 9-11am
Brandon FL 214 E. Brandon Blvd 9-11am
Atlanta GA 4300 Ashford Dunwoody Rd 9-11am
Concord NC 910 Concord Pkwy 9-11am
Memphis TN 8529 U.S. Hwy 64 9-11am
Nashville TN 405 Harding Pl 9-11am
Jackson TN 1982 N. Highland Ave 9-11am
Whitehall Pa 1141 MacArthur Rd 10am- noon
Thorndale PA 3151 E. Lincoln Hwy. 10am- noon
Erie PA 5535 Peach St. 10am- noon
Greensburg PA Route 30 West 10am- noon
Harrisburg PA 4305 Jonestown Rd 10am- noon
Philadelphia PA 1815 W. Oregon Ave. 10am- noon
Feasterville Pa 224 East Center St. 9-11
Monroeville Pa 678 Monroeville Mall noon- 2
JOHNSTON IA 3935 Merle Hay Rd 9-11 a.m.
Topeka KS 5140 SW 21st St 9-11 a.m.
Duluth MN 308 E. Central 9-11 a.m.
Minneapolis MN 1221 Washington Ave. South 9-11 a.m.
St. Paul MN 1671 University Ave. 9-11 a.m.
Kansas City MO 2699 NE 52nd Terr 9-11 a.m.
St. Ann MO 10993 St. Charles Rock Rd. 9-11 a.m.
Lincoln NE 6400 "O" Street 9-11 a.m.
Omaha NE 4901 L St. 9-11 a.m.
Phoenix AZ 9624 North Metro, Building #2 11 a.m.
Tucson AZ 210 W. McGee Rd. 10 a.m.
Antioch CA 63 East 18th St. 11 a.m.
Concord CA 625 Contra Costa Blvd. 11 a.m.
Fontana CA 17067 Foothill Blvd. 11 a.m.
Riverside CA 5760 Mission Blvd. 11 a.m.
Fresno CA 4119 W. Shaw Ave. 11 a.m.
Montebello CA 617 Whittier Blvd. 11 a.m.
Merced CA 1635 T St. 11 a.m.
Long Beach CA 3800 Cherry Ave. 10 a.m.
Upland CA 913 Foothill Blvd. 11 a.m.
San Leandro CA 15498 E. 14th St. 11 a.m.
Aurora CO 3301 North Tower Rd. 11 a.m.
Pueblo CO 3031 W. Northern Ave. 11 a.m.
Albuquerque NM 6201 Montgomery Blvd. NE 11 a.m.
Las Vegas NV 3590 E. Tropicana 11 a.m.
Portland OR 12121 SE Division St. 11 a.m.
Salt Lake City UT 2269 South St. 10:30 a.m.
Mount Vernon WA 1621 Riverside Dr. 11 a.m.
Pasco WA 3306 N. Commercial Ave. 11 a.m.
Seattle WA 1619 3rd Ave. South 11 a.m.
Silverdale WA 10726 Silverdale Way 11 a.m.
Spokane WA 4423 North Division St. 11 a.m.
Dallas TX 13331 Montfort Dr. 9-11a.m.
Fort Worth TX 6743 Rufe Snow Dr. 9-11a.m.
Rockwall TX 630 I-30 East 9-11 a.m.
Texarkana TX 720 Statline Ave. 9-11am

Anonymous said...

Let the Election Begin!

Vote now in the sixth annual online Grinch of the Year election to determine the national figure who does the most harm to working families. The candidates are:
SMITHFIELD Tar Heel Division CEO Joseph Luter III
GOODYEAR Tire & Rubber Company
OR Write in your own candidate


Why Vote for Goodyear?
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company forced 15,000 USW members out on strike at 16 plants across North America on October 5, 2006. Despite concessions given by United Steelworkers (USW) members and retirees in 2003 to insure that Goodyear remained in business, Goodyear is now insisting on additional plant closings and even deeper concession in this round of bargaining.


USW concessions in 2003 contributed to a billion dollar turnaround at Goodyear;
Goodyear wants to turn their backs on the USW retirees who built their company;
Goodyear is now recruiting and using scabs to staff their plants even though experts say that tires built by scabs contributed to the 271 deaths associated with rollovers of Ford Explorers;
Goodyear wants to outsource more American jobs to China where Goodyear workers earn only 42 cents an hour;
Goodyear is abandoning America’s workers, retirees and communities;

Goodyear deserves to be awarded the “Grinch of the Year” award, reserved for the most despicable company in North America.