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Goodrich workers join Goodyear, Bridgestone in approving new contracts
Contract was renegotiated after initial rejection two weeks ago
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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The United Steelworkers have now approved all three of the contracts with the tire makers who got their start in Akron. 

The rank-and-file members who work at BF Goodrich plants in Alabama and Fort Wayne, Indiana, changed their vote of two weeks ago, and have now approved a three-year contract. It covers about 2,400 workers.

The approval follows ratification of four-year deals at Bridgestone-Firestone and Goodyear Tire and Rubber, both of which have major operations in Akron.

In a statement today, Goodyear says the new contract Steelworkers approved Aug. 22 builds on progress in the 2003, 2006 and 2009 contracts. It gives Goodyear the right to freeze its traditional pension plans and replaces it with  a defined contribution plan. It also cuts profit-sharing.That contract covers some 8,000 people. The union has said the deal improves wages and worker flexibility.

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