Union: Goodyear contract protects Gadsden plant

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - Members of the United Steelworkers Union say a new Goodyear contract being considered would protect the Gadsden plant and five others.

Local 12 members were briefed on the details of the contract this week and voting on the four-year agreement will begin Tuesday.

Under the agreement, Goodyear agrees to invest a total of $600 million in plants at Akron, Ohio; Buffalo, N.Y.; Topeka, Kan.; Danville, Va.; Fayetteville, N.C. and Gadsden during the contract.

The company would also agree to maintain staffing levels of 90 percent of the work force at the protected plants. The current contract covers about 10,300 workers.

Goodyear agreed to invest $125 million in the Gadsden plant as part of the previous three-year agreement. The agreement also calls for 200 buyouts at the Buffalo plant and 400 additional buyouts at the other protected plants.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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