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Steelworkers approve labor agreement with BFGoodrich

Workers at the BFGoodrich tire plants in Woodburn and Tuscaloosa, Ala., have approved a three-year labor agreement.

BFGoodrich and the workers’ union, United Steelworkers, started negotiating in June to replace the contract that expired July 27.

On July 29, leaders announced that BFGoodrich and United Steelworkers had reached a tentative agreement, but union members later voted to reject it.

Over the weekend, the company announced the approved contract, which covers 2,450 workers in Woodburn and Tuscaloosa.

“The company is pleased this agreement was reached in a very cost competitive and challenging environment,” BFGoodrich’s parent company, Michelin North America, said in a statement released Saturday night.

United Steelworkers, which represents about 850,000 members, includes workers in the metals, mining, rubber, oil refining and health care industries, among others. Hourly workers at the BFGoodrich tire plant in Woodburn are members of United Steelworkers Local 715.

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