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12/10/06-Tyler

USW Leaders Come To Brief Union On Goodyear Negotiations

Several hundred union workers gathered today to get an update on negotiations between the United Steelworkers and Goodyear. The workers have been on strike for more than two months, since the company announced plans to shut the Tyler plant down and cut back healthcare and retirement benefits.

Today, workers heard from the leaders of the national union, who have been at the bargaining table with Goodyear. They are making the rounds to all the local unions, telling them what Goodyear's current position is. They say the union has not moved much from where they were when the strike started.

"The want to leave the retirees behind that built this company," said Union vice president Ron Hoover.  "They want to leave them without adequate healthcare and they want to continue to shut down North American plants and ship our product overseas. We're not going to vote on a proposal until we have the correct proposal to put in front of membership."

Talks have been stalled between he union and Goodyear since they met in Cincinnati three weeks ago.  Both sides offered plans to help with retiree healthcare but Goodyear says it still plans to shutdown the Tyler plant.

Lindsay Wilcox, Reporting.  lwilcox@ktlv.com

 

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