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Agreement deadline looms for Goodyear, USWA

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Steelworkers at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s North American plants could go on strike if the union does not reach a tentative contract agreement with the tiremaker by this Friday.

Negotiators for both sides are "working hard" to hammer out an agreement, according to a Goodyear spokesman.

They have been meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, since April, when contracts at 11 Goodyear plants throughout North American expired.

Workers at the factories have been operating on a day-to-day basis ever since.

"At this point, all parties would like closure and settlement so we can focus our energies on turning Goodyear around."

Goodyear officials also say that United Steelworkers of America officials have announced plans to perform informational picketing at several plants, in addition to Goodyear's Akron, Ohio, headquarters.

However, informational picketing does not constitute an official strike action or work stoppage, says a company spokesman.

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