Donald Trump comments; Goodyear issues statement
A Goodyear employee at a plant in Topeka, Kansas shared a slide listing acceptable and unacceptable things in the workplace of the tire manufacture.
Acceptable: Black Lives Matter (BLM), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride (LGBT).
Unacceptable: Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, MAGA and politically affiliated slogans or material.
Goodyear is the longstanding tire supplier of NASCAR.
On Wednesday the President tweeted, “Don’t buy GOODYEAR TIRES – They announced a BAN ON MAGA HATS. Get better tires for far less! (This is what the Radical Left Democrats do. Two can play the same game, and we have to start playing it now!).”
The photo of a presentation listed the items under a zero tolerance policy.
Goodyear issues statement
Following the above tweet from Donald Trump, Goodyear issued a statement:
“Yesterday, Goodyear became the focus of a conversation that created some misconceptions about our policies and our company. For those not aware, a widely circulated image sparked a strong reaction, and we wanted to take the opportunity to provide some important context to the visual and our policies.”
“First, the visual in question was not created or distributed by Goodyear corporate, nor was it part of a diversity training class. To be clear on our longstanding corporate policy, Goodyear has zero tolerance for any forms of harassment or discrimination.”
“To enable a work environment free of those, we ask that associates refrain from workplace expressions in support of political campaigning for any candidate or politcal party, as well as similar forms of advocacy that fall outside the scope of racial justice and equity issues.”
“Second, we appreciate the diverse viewpoints of all our more than 60,000 associates, which are at the heart of many of the policies we establish. Fostering an inclusive, respectful workplace is important to establish teamwork and build culture, which is another reason we ask associates not to engage in political campaigning of any kind in the workplace – for any candidate, party or political organization.”
“Third and finally, Goodyear has always wholeheartedly supported both equality and law enforcement and will continue to do so. These are not mutually exclusive. We have heard from some of you that believe Goodyear is anti-police after reacting to the visual.”
“Nothing could be further from the truth, and we have the upmost appreciation for the vital work police do on behalf of our shared communities. This can’t be said strongly enough.”