Goodyear Workers Vote On Contract In Alabama

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) -- Members of Local 12 of the United Steelworkers union in Gadsden begin voting Tuesday on a proposed new four-year contract with Goodyear.

The proposed contract gives "protected" status, which means minimum staffing levels are guaranteed for the life of the agreement, to six Goodyear plants, including Gadsden.

Union officials said workers at Goodyear's Buffalo, N.Y.; Union City, Tenn.; Topeka, Kan.; and Akron, Ohio, plants already have ratified the contract. The local in Danville, Va., turned down the contract.

Workers in Gadsden and Fayetteville, N.C., will be voting this week.

The union represents about 1,350 workers in Gadsden.

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