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8/20/03 - Tyler

Kelly Springfield and Union Reach Tentative Labor Agreement

Late this afternoon, we received word Kelly Springfield's parent company, Goodyear and the company's union,  United Steelworkers have reached a tentative three-year agreement. This comes after 5 months of negotiations.

The latest agreement was presented by Goodyear last Friday. Union members have been reviewing the contract around the clock since then. Today's news means the more than eleven-hundred Kelly Springfield employees will keep their jobs.

The union says they will soon provide the terms and details of the agreement to Kelly employees.

Tom Mullins with the Tyler Economic Development Council says without the community pledging money, union concessions and Kelly management cutting costs in Tyler, the plant probably would have closed.

Local union spokesman, Ed Moore says this is not only important for their workers, but the entire economy.

The contract will now be reviewed by all 14 union plants and possibly ratified by the union.

Kelly Springfield is Tyler's seventh largest employer and the highest paying manufacturer in town

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