Goodyear union workers cast ballots

August 16, 2013 7:51:15 PM PDT
Union workers at Fayetteville's Goodyear Tire Plant have cast their votes for their future.

Late last month, the United Steel Workers reached a tentative agreement with Goodyear to prevent a strike at the plant, narrowly avoiding a strike.

On Thursday and Friday, a steady stream of workers casted ballots at the Union Hall, just down the street from the plant on Ramsey Street.

Earlier this week, union workers went behind closed doors to hear details of the new agreement.

The vote affects about 2,000 workers at the Fayetteville plant. The plant is one of Cumberland County's largest civilian employers. Workers at the plant turn out over 30,000 tires each day.

Local union president Darryl Jackson said Fayetteville is one of six plants across the country where workers are voting on the contract. The contract has to be ratified by a majority of nearly 8,000 union workers at the plants.

"We have to wait until all the locations tally up their votes. Gaston, Alabama doesn't vote until next Thursday, so we have to keep quiet until after Gaston gets through with their voting process,'' Jackson said.

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