Union City Goodyear plant closing - 1,900 workers affected

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According to a news release from Goodyear, the company will shut down its Union City, Tenn. Read more
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wondering

Mogadore, OH

#22 Mar 16, 2011
ICU wrote:
<quoted text>I wouldnt dirty my hands at that chicken gut factory. That kind of work is for the unskilled and uneducated like you.
Since your so skilled and educated, what do you do?
Hammer

Cookeville, TN

#23 Mar 16, 2011
CIA...He told already told you, he wouldn't dirty his hands with chickens...He's the night guard at the gate going in...He's a big boy cause they gave him a flashlight, a name badge, a whistle and a uniform...
HillBilly

Anonymous Proxy

#24 Apr 9, 2011
Before the unions and the college eduated idiots destroyed Goodyear, it was a great place to work.
HillBilly

Anonymous Proxy

#25 Apr 9, 2011
Basically it came down to this; you had the shop stewards filing friviolous grievances so they could sit in the office doing nothing while you had to pay someone else to do their job. Then you had the college educated idiots sitting in the office having all the stupid meetings to decide when the next meeting would be. Nothing was ever solved, been there done that!
the judge

Jackson, TN

#26 Apr 9, 2011
ask the teamsters what happens when shut it down comes to play those with 25 yrs or more could have left last aug 2010 with pensions in lock now their going to get half and if the company dont start back contributing they will have nothing this is a fact i work with these idiots and hope they lose it all! greed will break you every time take the cut and keep your jobs an honest days work for an honest days pay seems to be forgotton people that are less than 55 yrs old wont get ssecurity or a pension we just need to keep working hoping to pay our mortgages and survive WAKE UP AMERICA AND ALL OF WEST TN WE HAVE NO JOBS HERE NOW !
guest

Milan, TN

#28 Apr 9, 2011
screw goodyear.There are more workers that drive more than an hour away.There are not that many from this area.I feel bad for the ones that do live in this area that are losing their jobs.I've worked union work in the past and as far as the Goodyear union went it was a big joke.That came from many people I know personally that either have worked there or still do.This community may suffer at first but in the end it will get better.It will bring this community back to a proper level of the cost of living for the rest of us trying to make it.I understand you can't blame Goodyear entirely for the cost of living being so high here.Look at your community leaders and businesses also.They are to blame also.As long as I have a job I will never suffer.
the judge

Jackson, TN

#29 Apr 9, 2011
goodyear is the root problem its workers and its god forsaken union lining their pockets that blows alot of smoke to its members the trickle down affect on the local businesses anf people they hire at a much less salary is what will bring the west tn community down their selfesh over paid and most are past due on their pymts due to needing 12 days a week i know thats far fetched but its true and try going in to get something unloaded or loaded its a nightmare who cares whose job it is just do it and shut up thats why they are leaving better learn chinese folks cause thats where its going
Objective

Newbern, TN

#31 Jul 11, 2011
I've heard about this site from many people and have just recently stumbled across it checking on the Goodyear situation. I am surprised at the comments made in the name of religion and how everyone seems to tie these events to the bible. The next thing you read is people not disagreeing with each other, but calling each other names because of their beliefs.

For those that say they are Christians and are bad mouthing anyone who disagrees with what they say, did you not read in the bible the passage that says "judge ye not lest ye be judged," Matthew 7:1-6.

Everyone has an opinion on what is going on and should have an open mind when others disagree with what you believe.

In my opinion, the union was a good thing in its hayday when workers couldn't get a fair wage. The union stepped in and helped get a good wage and insurance and protections from unfair treatment. What hurt the plant was a misuse of the system and an unwillingness to compromise on both sides on old ways. Neither side could not see what could be a potential growth for the company and it's workers. Both sides could have handled the whole situation better. As a result of this stubborness, the plant had to close.

As for the plant closing early, I believe there may be something brewing on the back burner. Where are all the lobbyiests ranting and raving about a company that employs a great number of people in the Northeast corner of the state? The loss of revenue alone should have the state representatives and the news media all over this story. We should have heard about more follow-ups since this is such a "HOT NEWS STORY!" I think they already have something ready to put in its place.
Objective

Newbern, TN

#32 Jul 11, 2011
I'm sorry,"lobbists" and "Neither side could see what could be a potential growth for the company and its workers."
UNDERDOG Don Jones

Martin, TN

#33 Jul 11, 2011
CHRISTIAN wrote:
Sad for the news about goodyear closing in union city tn. But if you would read your BIBLE it says that any nation that turns thier back on GOD,GOD will turn his bask on that nation.We'll people we are that nation. Our children are not alowed to pray in school, our 10 commandments have been removed and we are not even allowed to say ONE nation under GOD! Please read this comment!
Spes mea in Deo est.
Underdog = Don Jones
How

Mayfield, KY

#34 Jul 11, 2011
God d_amn the $hit hole of Good Year can't even close with out people bring in the God $HIT! God has/Had noting to do with Good Year closing. People get over it and move on. Good Year as far as I see it has done not one d_amn thing to help anything in Union City Tn. or Orbin county Tn.

They cannot close this $hit hole fast enough. They need to make a nuke test site out of the place.
Donut

Martin, TN

#35 Jul 11, 2011
Wow! Sounds like the same people talking about other businesses that have closed - same rhetoric. Sorry for the people who worked there and West TN. This is a hard area to find work, but won't be buying anymore Goodyear products.
Objective

Newbern, TN

#36 Jul 11, 2011
Sorry again, "NORTHWEST"
guest

Union City, TN

#37 Jul 11, 2011
reason not fairy tales wrote:
<quoted text>
Oh for crap's sake give it a rest!
Guess what? This isn't a "christian nation". It is only when people grow up and stop relying on these outdated fairy tales that we'll actually get ahead as a society.
Separation of Church and State is KEY: You can believe what you want, but keep it out of the classrooms and out of our government.
you a dummy
Sarcasm for breakfast

United States

#38 Aug 8, 2012
["CHRISTIAN"]Sad for the news about goodyear closing in union city tn. But if you would read your BIBLE it says that any nation that turns thier back on GOD,GOD will turn his bask on that nation.We'll people we are that nation. Our children are not alowed to pray in school, our 10 commandments have been removed and we are not even allowed to say ONE nation under GOD! Please read this comment!"
Exactly! This is all God's fault. What an A-hole he must be to put 1900 families in financial jeopardy. I bet the union is relieved this isn't on them. I also bet none of those 1900 were honest God fearing, folk and deserved having their livelihoods ripped away by a jealous, magic man who is not pleased with them. Well I guess we better beg for forgiveness or he might take the Titans from us next. That would be a real tragedy.

Since: Jun 12

Martin, TN

#39 Aug 8, 2012
Objective wrote:
I've heard about this site from many people and have just recently stumbled across it checking on the Goodyear situation. I am surprised at the comments made in the name of religion and how everyone seems to tie these events to the bible. The next thing you read is people not disagreeing with each other, but calling each other names because of their beliefs.
For those that say they are Christians and are bad mouthing anyone who disagrees with what they say, did you not read in the bible the passage that says "judge ye not lest ye be judged," Matthew 7:1-6.
Everyone has an opinion on what is going on and should have an open mind when others disagree with what you believe.
In my opinion, the union was a good thing in its hayday when workers couldn't get a fair wage. The union stepped in and helped get a good wage and insurance and protections from unfair treatment. What hurt the plant was a misuse of the system and an unwillingness to compromise on both sides on old ways. Neither side could not see what could be a potential growth for the company and it's workers. Both sides could have handled the whole situation better. As a result of this stubborness, the plant had to close.
As for the plant closing early, I believe there may be something brewing on the back burner. Where are all the lobbyiests ranting and raving about a company that employs a great number of people in the Northeast corner of the state? The loss of revenue alone should have the state representatives and the news media all over this story. We should have heard about more follow-ups since this is such a "HOT NEWS STORY!" I think they already have something ready to put in its place.
That was the truest post on here yet. I have to agree with everything that you have said. I seriously doubt it was a punishment put on us by god but a grudge that some of the upper echelon members had against the plant to begin with. Then fuel it with the high workmans comp rate which a lot of it was due to lack of training on certain jobs, human error and lack of proper maintence needed to keep equipment in proper and a safe working order. Then you toss a great big helping of greed on top of it and you have major share holders making a killing on stock trading after the announcement. It is poor business to close the only us tire plant that was pulling in a profit during that time. This was planned and set into action much longer ago then most believe.

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