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Steelworkers reach agreement with Firestone

By The Associated Press

This article was published July 28, 2013 at 1:08 p.m.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Work will continue at Firestone's tire manufacturing plants in Iowa, Arkansas, Illinois and Tennessee thanks to a tentative contract agreement.

Steelworkers at the Des Moines Firestone tire manufacturing plant have reached a tentative contract agreement, averting a strike.

The Des Moines Register reports that steelworkers reached a tentative agreement with Firestone and its Bridgestone parent company on Friday. But details of the contract weren't expected to be available before Monday.

Dan Kelley with the union's Des Moines-based Local 310 says it's a relief to have an agreement in place.

But a majority of the roughly 3,500 workers covered by the new contract will have to approve it before it takes effect.

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