Temps Move Into Sun Prairie Goodyear Plant

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

"Go home ... go home!" shouted a striking Goodyear worker.

"Scabs!" shouted another.

The attitude toward the replacement workers at the Sun Prairie Goodyear plant was hostile Monday night and earlier in the afternoon.

"Totally uncalled for," said Carol Longseth, 35-year Goodyear employee. "We really don't want people to do this. It's hurting all the American people when they do this."

Well-liked or not, temporary replacement workers began filling in for the striking workers Monday morning.

But the presence of back-ups taking their positions didn't seem to discourage these workers from staying on the picket line, away from the plant.

"Until the deal gets done. I don't care if I'm out here until January, February," said Dan Maxwell, on strike against Goodyear. "I will be here until we settle this."

Union leaders say the employees are not asking for a raise.

They just want to make sure they have job security and they don't lose any parts of their health-care or pension plans.

"As of right now they are not willing to move on any of the issues we have," said Tom Angell, union president.

Angell says Goodyear doesn't appear to be ready to negotiate yet.

No one from the company was available at the plant and our calls to Goodyear's corporate headquarters were not returned.

But Angell says the company is already starting to feel pressure from the strike and is having a hard time keeping up with tire orders.

And he says it won't be long until the company's leaders start talking.

"I think they're smarter than to run the company into the ground," said Angell, "and that's how long we'd last."

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