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Topeka: Goodyear Workers Approve New Contract, End Strike

After a strike lasting nearly 3 months, 14,000 members of the United Steelworkers union who work for Goodyear Tire & Rubber have approved a new contract with the company by a 2-1 margin. The workers have been concerned about the retiree health program and the possible closing of a plant in Tyler, Texas. The company wanted a deal which will help it cut costs and remain “competitive” in the global economy.

Goodyear will put $1 billion into the retirement program to cover medical costs for union members, but this was only half of what the union had demanded from the company. The company will drop its plan to close its plant in Tyler, Texas.

1,300 workers at Goodyear's tire plant in Topeka, Kansas participated in the strike. On December 16, 2006, as part of a national day of solidarity actions for the striking workers, a group of activists from Lawrence, Kansas traveled to Topeka to join the picket lines, where they were warmly welcomed by Goodyear workers and members of their families.

Part of the Topeka tire plant manufactures tires for the U.S. military. Lawrence activists talked to strikers about the war and found that many of them opposed it.



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