PIITSBURGH (Sept. 5)—Three of the 14 United Steelworkers of America locals covered by the union's pending master contract agreement with Goodyear have approved the pact, with seven more scheduled to vote during the weekend of Sept. 5-7. Workers at the Goodyear's Sun Prairie, Wis., hose products plant were the first to approve the new deal Sept. 2, with 77 percent of the voters supporting it. Seventy-eight percent of the workers at the Kelly-Springfield passenger and light truck tire facility in Fayetteville, N.C., OK'd the contract Sept. 4, as did 90 percent of the union members at the Kelly passenger tire plant in Tyler, Texas. If the agreement is ratified, the Tyler plant will have "partial" protection from closing during the three-year pact, gaining full protection when certain undisclosed goals are attained. The other covered facilities have protection except for the Dunlop tire factory in Huntsville, Ala., which will close by the end of the year. Local votes will be held through Sept. 12. A majority of the union locals representing a majority of the workers must approve the contract for it to be ratified. Negotiators for Goodyear and the USWA reached a tentative agreement on the master contract Aug. 20.
3 USWA locals approve Goodyear contract
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