Goodyear, steelworkers reach tentative agreement

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A potential strike at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in Fayetteville has been avoided, as the United Steelworkers reached an agreement with the company hours before a deadline.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (http://bit.ly/13oKVXR ) the sides tentatively agreed on a new labor contract at 10 p.m. Saturday. They have been negotiating in Cincinnati since April. Goodyear steelworkers last went on strike in 2006 for three months.

The vice president of the local union chapter says the pending agreement protects the Fayetteville plant from closure for the next four years.

Terry Brewington says 600 union members working an overnight shift were ready to walk out at midnight. The plant employs about 2,500 people.

Union members must still ratify the agreement.

Goodyear says it would cover about 8,000 employees at six plants.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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