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Goodyear, Steelworkers Reach Tentative Agreement


FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and United Steelworkers have reached a tentative agreement on workers at six plants, avoiding a strike just two hours before a deadline. Both sides sent out statements after reaching a compromise on a new labor contract at 10 pm Saturday. They have been negotiating in Cincinnati since April. Goodyear steelworkers last went on strike in 2006 for three months. A majority of union members still must ratify the agreement. The union says it would cover about 8,500 employees at six plants, including the one in Topeka. Others are in Buffalo, New York; Fayetteville, North Carolina; Danville, Virginia; Gadsden, Alabama; and Akron, Ohio.

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