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Fayetteville Goodyear plant faces possibility of employee strike

Posted July 25, 2013

— About 2,500 employees of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in Fayetteville could go on strike if the company can't agree on a new contract by midnight Saturday with the United Steelworkers of America.

Darryl Jackson, president of the Local 959, on Thursday declined to say how talks are going but said that the union is still in negotiations with the tire manufacturer and that workers were put on notice about the possibility of a strike in case an agreement can't be reached.

The two sides have been in negotiations since April.

"We'll see how it plays out," Jackson said from Cincinnati, where talks are underway. "Hopefully, we can reach an agreement. We're trying as hard as we can."

A flier given to union members on Tuesday says little progress has been made concerning wages and that Goodyear wants to more than double health care costs and "drastically increase" co-pays for prescription drugs.

Other sticking points involve pension plans and vacation time.

The handout goes on to say: "Our members should start to prepare for the financial struggles that may lie ahead."

Goodyear spokesman Ed Markey on Thursday also declined to comment on negotiations but said the company is "committed to working with the Steelworkers to develop a mutually beneficial agreement."

In the Fayetteville plant's 40-year history, workers have gone on strike twice – the last time for about three months in 2006 over a contract dispute regarding health care for retirees and plans to close a factory in Texas.

In 2009, workers came close to another walkout, but the union and Goodyear reached a contract deal three hours before the midnight deadline.

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  • TWAL Jul 29, 8:22 a.m.

    Watch what you ask for the textile business is gone and the tire business can go to, then you will be asking the Gov. for more uemployment benefits.THINK HOW GOOD YOU HAVE IT NOW!

  • TWAL Jul 29, 8:20 a.m.

    Union! We seen what the unions did to the car industry. My insurance double last year 36 single 100 family 1500 ded., Tire people cry and go to work and vote for Obama! Your tires are to high anyway!

  • sunshine1040 Jul 26, 6:46 p.m.

    But that has been the life of a union person since the 1950's I remember my mother saying its a great job but I had to remember to put aside enough to get us through the strikes whach resumed as soon as the war was over.

  • bking87 Jul 26, 6:45 p.m.

    This is for mdamon, My boyfriend has been at the plant for almost 30 years. I don't get into what he makes an hour because it's none of my business. He complains all the time about how much his co=pay is. I myself work 12 days and have medical insurance because the company that I work for isn't big enough to get medical insurance. The company I work for before had medical and my premium was 200 a month. I have no pension at my job, but I will survive. I have heard he say that some of the guys he works with goes out and buys new houses and buys new vehicles every year. Kinda sounds like to me that ya'll are trying to living beyond your means and not looking out for what may come. And anyhow I have done some research into Goodyear and have found that ya'll have only went on strike 2 times in the last 40 years. Like my commit earlier welcome to the real world.

  • mautry Jul 26, 9:51 a.m.

    AND WHO DO YOU THINK WE HAVE TO THANK FOR ALL OF THIS. OBAMA CARE IS GOING TO FINISH OFF THE AVERAGE AMERICAN. FOLKS I DON'T THINK WE HAVE SEEN ANYTHING YET. AFTER ALL THERE IS A LOT MORE TO READ.

  • mdamon1123 Jul 26, 8:59 a.m.

    In response to the uninformed assumptions imposed by the 'Fuquay Resident' below, my health care costs will go from $64 a month to $128. That's really beside the point though. What's important to remember are the individuals who have been working at the plant for the last 30 or so years. Aside from the 'co-pay', as the uninformed might put it, they'll also be losing their pensions. Kinda sucks to have that dropped on you when you're 67 and planning to retire from a manual labor job. Oh, right, and the new hires won't have pensions when they're 67. In fact, they're pay will also be cut in half from $22 per hour to $10 or so. For all the 12 hour shifts of hard labor, at that pay rate they'd be better off getting a job at Walmart with 'Fuquay Resident'.

  • Fuquay Resident Jul 25, 7:17 p.m.

    I bet by double health care costs and "drastically increase" co-pays for prescription drugs means them paying $20 per month for insurance rather than $10 per month and the co-pays for drugs from $5 to $15.

  • bking87 Jul 25, 7:11 p.m.

    Welcome to the real world. Ya'll crying about wages, vacation and health care. You should be glad u got a job to go to unlike thousands of people that don't have a job.