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Goodyear, Striking Workers Reach Tentative Deal on New Contract

Posted December 22, 2006

— Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and 15,000 union workers in the United States and Canada tentatively agreed Friday to a new contract that would end a two-month strike over health care for retirees and Goodyear's plan to close a tire factory in Texas, the union said.

The third-largest tiremaker and the United Steelworkers union settled after both sides resumed talks in Pittsburgh this week. The strike began Oct. 5 and included about 2,000 workers at a plant in Fayetteville.

The union said the deal would require Goodyear to drop plans to close the plant in Tyler, Texas, immediately in return for an offer of a retirement buyout. That plant employs 1,100 workers.

Mike Price, spokesman for Local 959 in Fayetteville, said the local members will go over details of the contract at 2 p.m. next Wednesday at the Cumberland County Memorial Auditorium before scheduling a Thursday vote at the union headquarters near the Fayetteville plant.


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  • str8-line Dec 23, 2006

    I'm sure there are 15000 people who would love to have the union workers jobs. Fire everyone of them and hire the unemployed who would give anything for a decent job. Think about it...If you owned a company and a group of people got together and told you, the owner of the company, how to run your own business. This group of people told You, the company owner, how much their raise was going to be. This is nuts.

  • mywayofthinking Dec 23, 2006

    Well its about time