Goodyear Retirees Rally To Maintain Retirement Benefits - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

10/17/06-Tyler

Goodyear Retirees Rally To Maintain Retirement Benefits

As a hearty breakfast menu sizzles on the fire an assembly line of Goodyear retirees is hoping the benefits they currently receive are not at stake.

"Our co-pay would be more. We probably wouldn't have any insurance," says USW Retiree Club President Burnis Manoy.

"A promise made to retirees should be a promise kept," says Tyler Senator Kevin Eltife to a room of retirees at a rally following the breakfast. It was followed by an applause.

Officials at the rally reiterated their steadfast position to keep the Tyler facility open.

Something Charles Jones, who put in 37 years at the plant, says they deserve to see.

"To Goodyear we're just a number. We bailed them out in 2003 and it seems like they have a short memory," says Jones.

"At least give us respect for all those years we put in and made Goodyear a multi-million dollar company--over the 30 something years I was involved I know," adds retiree Sylvester Robinson.

Gale Nixon says his 28 years at the plant helped raise a family. His fear is that the Goodyear employees on strike will not be able to do the same.

"I feel for the guys that work. I go to church with one and he's looking for a job because he has a family to feed. I get very concerned for those guys," says a tearful Nixon.

As the Goodyear strike reaches its day 13 mark, step by step, current and former workers are in it for the long haul.

"We're not going to back up and we're not going to stop," says Tyler USW President Jim Wansley.

Wansley says negotiations going on right now involve, mostly, benefits for current workers.

Until that is settled it's hard to say exactly how retiree benefits will be affected if there is a plant closure.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

  • NewsMore>>

  • Marshall hires Claude Mathis as new Head Football Coach

    Marshall hires Claude Mathis as new Head Football Coach

    Thursday, March 30 2017 2:28 PM EDT2017-03-30 18:28:23 GMT
    SMU Football RB coach headed to MarshallSMU Football RB coach headed to Marshall

    This afternoon Marshall Independent School District approved Claude Mathis as the Mavericks' new head football coach, replacing Clint Harper who left to be the athletic director at Duncanville High School in February.   Mathis joins the Mavericks after two seasons as SMU’s running backs coach, but most recently became the program’s director of high school relations when former Gilmer coach Jeff Traylor was hired as the Pony's assistant head coach and r...

    More >>

    This afternoon Marshall Independent School District approved Claude Mathis as the Mavericks' new head football coach, replacing Clint Harper who left to be the athletic director at Duncanville High School in February.   Mathis joins the Mavericks after two seasons as SMU’s running backs coach, but most recently became the program’s director of high school relations when former Gilmer coach Jeff Traylor was hired as the Pony's assistant head coach and r...

    More >>
  • Police searching South Tyler for man who ran from police

    Police searching South Tyler for man who ran from police

    Thursday, March 30 2017 2:22 PM EDT2017-03-30 18:22:36 GMT

    Tyler police is currently assisting Sulphur Springs on the search for a man who ran from police

    More >>

    Tyler police is currently assisting Sulphur Springs on the search for a man who ran from police

    More >>
  • Lesson continues for man accused in burglary of Tyler teacher’s home

    Lesson continues for man accused in burglary of Tyler teacher’s home

    Thursday, March 30 2017 2:10 PM EDT2017-03-30 18:10:34 GMT

    Cedric Stewart has been charged with the burglary of a Jones Elementary teacher. His bond is now at $100,000. 

    More >>

    Cedric Stewart has been charged with the burglary of a Jones Elementary teacher. His bond is now at $100,000. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly