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      Strike avoided after Goodyear, steelworkers reach tentative agreement

      The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and United Steelworkers have reached a tentative agreement on workers at six plants, avoiding a strike just two hours before a deadline. (FILE, AP Photo)

      FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and United Steelworkers have reached a tentative agreement on workers at six plants, avoiding a strike just two hours before a deadline.

      Both sides sent out statements after reaching a compromise 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 in Fayetteville says 600 employees on an overnight shift were ready to walk out at midnight. The plant employs 2,500 people.

      A majority of union members still must ratify the agreement.

      The union says it would cover about 8,500 employees at six plants. Others are in Buffalo, N.Y.; Topeka, Kan.; Danville, Va.; Gadsden, Ala.; and Akron, Ohio.

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