Tuesday, September 9, 2003

Most Goodyear locals approve new contract

The Associated Press

AKRON - Nine of 14 union locals representing Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. employees have ratified a proposed three-year contract, all by wide margins, a union spokesman said Monday.

Having a majority of the 14 United Steelworkers locals approve the contract is one requirement for ratification.

The other is a majority of the total votes cast.

In western Ohio, where Goodyear workers in St. Marys voted Sunday by an 82 percent margin for the proposed contract, Local 200 president Gary Glass said the contract appeared headed for companywide approval.

With nine locals already approving the contract, "It has to be getting awful close," he said.

Voting continues on a staggered schedule through Friday at locals in Union City, Tenn.; Gadsden, Ala.; Freeport, Ill.; Topeka, Kan.; and Danville, Va.

The union expects to announce official results next week, spokesman Wayne Ranick said.

The agreement was reached after five months of negotiations. The contract would replace one that expired April 19.

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