Fayetteville Goodyear plant protected from closure

September 9, 2009 7:38:05 AM PDT
The United Steelworkers says the union's tentative contract with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. protects six U.S. tire plants from closing for the next four years - including the factory in Fayetteville.Union members on Tuesday received a summary of the deal reached with the Akron, Ohio-based tire maker on Aug. 30. The union says a ratification vote is expected to be completed by Sept. 18.

According to the Steelworkers, the contract maintains minimum staffing levels at plants in Fayetteville, Akron; Buffalo, N.Y.; Danville, Va.; Gadsden, Ala.; and Topeka, Kan.

The union did not list a seventh factory, in Union City, Tenn. But a union official told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that workers at that plant may negotiate their own guarantee.

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