GADSDEN, Ala. (Sept. 12, 2003)—United Steelworkers of America Local 12 members at the Goodyear tire plant in Gadsden voted by a 75-percent margin to ratify the master contract in voting completed Sept. 11, assuring ratification of the agreement.
USWA officials will wait until Sept. 15 to announce final vote tallies, but with 12 of 13 locals already having approved the contract, it is assured of ratification, according to the union's own rules.
Local 831 in Danville, Va., will cast its ballots today, becoming the last location to vote on the tentative master pact. Thus far, only Local 878 at the Union City, Tenn., tire factory turned down the contract, with 52 percent of its members opting to reject the agreement.
Under union rules, the contract has to be approved by a majority of the 14 locals, and those locations voting in favor have to represent a majority of the 20,000 USWA members covered by the pact.