Union Leaders Say Strike Is A Fight For American Manufacturing - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

10/8/06-Tyler

Union Leaders Say Strike Is A Fight For American Manufacturing

It's day four of the nationwide Goodyear strike, and local union officials say they are no closer to resuming negotiations with the company.

The strike started Thursday when Goodyear's last and final proposal included the closing of the Tyler plant, something the union says they will not let happen. Today union workers continued walking the picket line just like they've done 24 hours a day since the strike began.

Goodyear says they could not accept the union's proposal because it put them at a competitive disadvantage in the global economy. Local union leaders say this is "America's Fight," a battle they say will determine the future of American manufacturing.

"This is the Steelworkers Union saying to a big, American company that you don't have to do some of the things that you're proposing, including plant closures, in order to make money and we're not going to let you," said  USW Local 746 President Jim Wansley.  "That hasn't happened before. Other people have not taken the fight, but we'll take it all the way. This is about not taking our jobs to China and elsewhere."

If the plant were to close, it would mean a billion-dollar blow to the statewide economy with most of that being felt in the Tyler area.

Lindsay Wilcox, Reporting. lwilcox@kltv.com

 

 

Powered by Frankly