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Union Votes to End Kelly-Springfield Strike

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FAYETTEVILLE — The strike against the FayettevilleKelly-Springfield tire plant is over. United Steel Workers members votedto accept a contract proposed earlier this week. The 2,000 strikingworkers had been out for two weeks.

Workers met Wednesday afternoon at the Cumberland County Civic Centerto hear details of the contract. After the meeting, the moodwas upbeat and many said they thought the tentative agreement would beaccepted. They began voting at midnight Wednesday.

This is the first time there has ever been a walkout at theFayetteville plant, and many were concerned that the strike would go onlong enough to hurt workers and the community financially.

The contract gives workers a little more pay andbetter benefits. It is 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 ended at noon Thursday.

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