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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Voting on the current contract will continue through noon Thursday.