Deadline Looms On Goodyear Contract Talks

(WIBW) - The day before their contract expires, talks continue between Goodyear and its United Steelworkers Union.

Goodyear's four-year contract with Steelworkers Union members expires at 11 pm Topeka time Saturday. It covers some 8,000 workers at six North American plants, including Topeka.

Union and company leaders are negotiating issues including pension, benefits and wages. Topeka USWA Local 307 vice president Jody Juarez told 13 News Friday he had no comment other than to say talks were continuing.

In an update posted to the local's web site this week, though, the union says health benefits are a major issue. They say company proposes more than doubling the workers' health care costs and drastically increasing their prescription copays.

The 2009 talks met the deadline, but disagreements in 2006 led to an 84-day strike.


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