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Goodyear, USWA agree to day-to-day contract extension

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) have agreed to extend their contract on a day-to-day basis.

The contract, which covers USWA members at 11 Goodyear plants, was due to expire at midnight on Saturday, April 19. The contracts at Goodyear's three Kelly-Springfield tire plants are scheduled to expire in July.

Either side can end the day-to-day agreement with 72-hour notification, according to Goodyear.

Jim Allen, Goodyear's director of global labor relations, and Andrew Palm, USWA vice president of administration, said the extension gives negotiators an opportunity to further consider and discuss proposals in this particularly challenging set of talks.

Goodyear and union negotiators have been meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, since March 13. On April 7, the USWA selected Goodyear as the target for rubber industry bargaining.

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