Kelly Springfield Negotiations

By: Nichole Vrsansky
By: Nichole Vrsansky

Contract talks continue between Kelly Springfield workers and the company hoping to buy the Freeport plant.

Titan Tires is offering to buy the plant from Goodyear, but the deal needs the okay of United Steelworkers members at the plant.

Union leaders traveled to Titan's Des Moines, Iowa tire plant last week. Local 745 president Steve Vanderheyden says the manufacturing process at the Des Moines plant is completely different from what workers are used to in Freeport. Vanderheyden says it makes contract talks more complex because sides are talking about two different processes.

Two more negotiating sessions have been planned for later this month.

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