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Steelworkers OK four-year Goodyear deal
Members join those at Bridgestone in ratifying contract with boosts in pay, and job/retirement security
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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The contract covers some 8,500 workers including those who make race car tires at a plant in Akron.
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The United Steelworkers have now approved two of three contracts with major tire companies.

The union announced today that its members OK’d a new four-year deal with Goodyear Tire and Rubber by a margin of 3-1. The Steelworkers represent about 8,500 workers at six U.S. plants, including the one in Akron that produces race-car tires.

The new deal includes a cost-of-living adjustment that now applies to all of the unionized workers. The USW says the contract also increases flexibility for Steelworkers to move among jobs and increases retirement and job security.

Two weeks ago, rank-and-file members of the USW at Bridgestone-Firestone approved a similar four-year contract, but those at BF Goodrich turned down a three-year deal.

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