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10/25/03 - Tyler

Local Steelworkers Union Holds Chili Cookoff/Turkey Shoot

It was all about family Saturday out at the local chapter of the United Steelworkers Union in Tyler.

The union represents hundreds of workers at the Kelly Springfield Plant. Those workers have had to deal with a lot this year including months of negotiations over job cuts and benefits. But earlier this month the union came to an agreement.

It's parent company, Goodyear, agreed to keep the plant open but 200 jobs have to be cut before Thanksgiving.

Saturday, workers weren't thinking about a new contract or those cuts, they were thinking about chili.

The steelworkers union held it's 19th annual chili cookoff and turkey shoot benefiting their scholarship fund. The event raised about $10,000.

Last year the union handed out 61 scholarships ranging from $700 to $15,000.

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