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10/9/06

Goodyear Union and Political Leaders: We're In This Together

As Goodyear emloyees nationwide continue their strike, local union and political leaders say they are united in their efforts to keep the Tyler plant open.

Union workers continue picketing for the fifth day in a row. The strike started on Thursday after six months of failed negotiations. Union workers rejected Goodyear's last proposal which included, among other things, the closing of the Tyler plant.  The company says the union's proposal put them at a competitive disadvantage in the global economy.

At a press conference today, Senator Kevin Eltife, (R) Tyler, and the local union president Jim Wansley say that would be bad for everyone in East Texas.

"We all have one common goal, and that is to keep the Tyler plant open. They're [the union] doing what they think is best to keep this plant open. We'll continue to work on the city and the Tyler Economic Development Commitee and the governor's office to do what we can to keep this plant open," says Eltife.

Jim Wansley says, "We're kind of operating in separate arenas now, but we're still very much together. We're not going to let that happen to this community, and we're not going to let that happen to our folks."

The union says they will continue to strike until Goodyear is ready to back off their final offer.  

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

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