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12/23/06-Tyler

Union Members In Positive Mood After Announcement Of Tentative Agreement

The news of the tentative agreement that could end the 11 week strike between the United Steelworkers and Goodyear has spread through the union. The agreement would keep the Tyler plant open another year, and during that period, workers would be able to take advantage of sizeable retirement buyouts.  

Union members got up this morning and joined the picket line with a feeling they haven't had in a while. They say everyone is more upbeat and they are looking forward to seeing what Goodyear has to offer.  "We don't know what it is until we see it on paper, but it sounds good," said  United Steelworker Steve Davis. "We are just glad to have something, but yeah everybody's positive and just kind of looking forward to finding out more about the deal and see if we like it our not."

"A little more upbeat and everything because you know we have a contract," said United Steelworker Gene Paradise. "We have to ratify it and stuff, but it's like you finally see the light at the end of the tunnel."  

Local officials say the longer the plant stays open the better it is for the local economy. Tom Mullins of the Tyler Economic Development Council says the extra year gives the community a chance to prepare for a possible plant closing.  "It depends on what the company wants to do," said Mullins. "We don't know yet what the plans are for the plant. If they are just going to keep it open one more year then there's not much more we can do, but if they are going to keep it open and look at options for investing in it, then there is a lot we can. " 

The union says next week the tentative deal will go before all 12 unions across the country, including the one here in Tyler, for members to vote on.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@klt.vcom

 

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