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Vote Could End 2-Week-Old Strike by Kelly Workers

Posted May 7, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Striking workers could soon be back at work in Fayetteville, now that there is a tentative agreement on the table. The 2,000 striking workers walked off the job two weeks ago at the Kelly-Springfield tire plant.

Wednesday afternoon, there was a meeting of the striking United Steel Workers at the Cumberland County Civic Center. After the meeting, the mood was upbeat and many said they thought the tentative agreement would be accepted. They were to begin voting at midnight Wednesday.

This is the first time there has ever been a walkout at the Fayetteville plant. Striker George Burns said he didn't think workers would be very happy when they heard the details of the agreement.

Striker Andy Burney said he thinks the plan is acceptable to most workers.

Striker Rick Wiggins said, for the most part, he like what he heard in the meeting

The contract, if approved, will give the workers a little more pay and better benefits. It will also be aligned with contracts at two other Kelly-Springfield plants. In the year 2003, all three of the contracts will come due at the same time.

Voting on the current contract will continue through noon Thursday.