DES MOINES, Iowa-Union workers at Titan Tire Corp.'s plant in Des Moines have agreed to go back to work-at least for now-under terms of their previous contract. United Rubber Workers Local 164 approved the temporary pact-based on its 1991 contract with previous owner Pirelli Armstrong Tire Corp.-by a 354-74 vote, said John Peno, Local 164 vice president.
Negotiations on a permanent agreement began Sept. 6.
The local's Sept. 1 vote ended a strike that began July 15 when workers walked out of the Des Moines farm tire plant, at that time still owned by Pirelli Armstrong. Titan bought the facility less than a week after the strike began.
Neither Mr. Peno nor Russell Ash, who is supervising the plant for Titan Tire parent Titan Wheel International Inc., would predict when a permanent contract might be reached.
``Both sides are working very diligently,'' Ash said.
The temporary agreement will last 45 days, with an option to renew it for another 45 days, Mr. Peno said.
``If we reach an impasse, we'll do what we have to do then,'' he said, adding the possibility of another strike couldn't be ruled out.