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Goodyear Resolution?

By: Paige Lambrecht
By: Paige Lambrecht

A temporary shed with a microwave, hot coffee, and temperatures hovering around 40 degrees is a home away from home for Donna Sanchez and Garry Gundrum.

Garry says, "It's more of a club house. "Yeah! That's a good word to use for it," jokes Donna.

The couple live and work together, and now, they're on strike together at the Goodyear plant in Sun Prairie.
With Donna's two kids in college, she says money is tight.

"Fewer gifts, not like our Christmases in the past, but we got our health and family together, that's the most important thing."

It seems the strike, now entering day 75, has not stripped away Christmas cheer.

"I think the mood is really good for what the families have gone through and at this time of year," says 34-year Goodyear employee Judy LaMarche.

This is not the first time Judy has gone on strike.

"No, it's not. I went on strike in '76 for 4 1/2 months. I had three small children and building a new home and yeah, it was not fun."

While workers grow weary and cold, there's new hope for resolution, as labor talks resumed Monday.

"We're hopeful that something will come out of it because honestly everyone's tired of it," says Garry.

As the sun sets, temperatures cool and Christmas funds dwindle, but Garry and Donna still see a positive perspective peek out from behind the picket line.

"It brings us back to basics, what Christmas is for, family and the spirit of the season, what it's supposed to be rather than the material protion of it so in that way it's good."

We spoke with a representative of Goodyear Monday.

He says what the company has offered workers is fair and necessary for the company to stay competitive, and they're hopeing to reach an agreement by the end of this week.

They're open about what they've offered employees and have posted it on the website, www.goodyearnegotiations.com


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