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11/10/06-Tyler

Goodyear Plant Asks Union To Come Back To Negotiation Table

For the first time, since the Union Steelworkers went on strike, Goodyear is ready to talk.   The union has been on strike for more than five weeks now, and many steelworkers say they want to see an end. From the beginning, Goodyear has said it will close the Tyler plant, but the union has not backed down.

"That's one thing the steelworkers have said," said Joe Wyatt, Contract Action Team Coordinator for USW Local 746. "We are not giving up on shutting this plant down."  Yesterday, Goodyear added its latest proposal to its website and asked the union to come back to the negotiation table next week.   Some of its proposals include, preserving the current wage structure, maintaining or improve benefit packages and protect all USW plants except Tyler. That last proposal, is why many in Tyler are not optimistic.

"Not at this point," said Wyatt. "It just all depends on what movement they make. There may be trade offs. We just don't think there is going to be much moveemnt right now." State Senator Kevin Eltife agrees.

"We hope that they will change their minds and keep Tyler open, but at this point I think that's a slim chance," said State Senator Kevin Eltife. Those on the picket line today say they are just glad to hear something is going to happen.

"Everbody is ready," said Jimmy Claussen, USW Local 746. "Get is said and done, be done with it one way or another, so everybody can get on with their lives." The negotiations will begin Tuesday morning in Cincinnatti. Local union president Jim Wansley says he will be attending. If you would like to see a complete list of Goodyear's proposals go to our homepage and click on the Know More on 7 link.  There you will find Goodyear Proposals.

Reported by Molly Reuter: mreuter@kltv.com

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