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- Union leaders support approval of new
- Oxford approves road projects for plant
- Talladega County rebounding from Avondale
- St. Clair holds final commission meeting of
Union leaders support approval of new Goodyear
Union Workers at the Goodyear tire plant in
Gadsden will vote Thursday on the tentative labor agreement reached by
the company and the United Steelworkers. Union officials say that the
Voting will take place from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the union hall on Hoke
Street in Gadsden. Union members were given details Tuesday about the
tentative agreement on a new three-year labor contract which was
reached late Friday. The new contract must be approved by a majority
of the 12 Steelworkers locals covered by the labor contract and a
majority of the overall membership. If the contract is ratified
during Thursdays vote, union leaders say they will shut down the
picket line. Workers also learned Tuesday that the Local 12 executive
board unanimously supports the membership ratifying the tentative
agreement as the new contract. The tentative agreement, calls for
union members at the affected tire plants to put $1 for every hour
worked into the Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association to fund
current and future retirees' health care costs. The tentative deal
also requires the company to drop plans to close the plant in Tyler,
Texas, immediately in return for an offer of a retirement buyout. That
plant employs 1,100 workers and would close after Dec. 31, 2007, under
the agreement. The plant in Gadsden at one time was mentioned for
possible closure but an as-yet-undisclosed incentive package from the
state of Alabama persuaded company officials to keep the plant open.
Oxford approves road project for plant expansion
While National Gypsum in Oxford is celebrating
it’s 50th anniversary in the city, The Oxford Mayor and
Council Tuesday night approved two major road projects increasing
access to the companies plant on U.S. 78. Included is the resurfacing
of coldwater road from airport road to Wilson Willingham road.
Mayor Leon Smith said the projects are funded by a 381 thousand
dollar grant from the Alabama Industrial Access Road and Bridge
Corporation. National Gypsum announced earlier this year an expansion
of the Oxford plant which will include at least 15 additional jobs.
Talladega County rebounding from Avondale
Talladega County has begun to rebound from the
closing of the Avondale mills earlier this year. The latest
unemployment figures show the counties unemployment rate dropped a
full percentage point from October to November with a November rate of
3.7%. Talladega County still sports the highest rate in the area,
just behind Etowah and Calhoun counties whose rates were 3.5% in
November. Cherokee county reported a 3% rate while Cleburne and St
Clair counties reported the lowest rates in the area at 2.8%. The
states unemployment rate of 3.2% remains lower than the national rate
St. Clair holds final commission meeting of year
St. Clair County will now charge $50 each for
copies of audio recordings of 911 emergency calls under a new policy
enacted Tuesday by the County Commission. Chairman Stan Batemon said
that without a policy in place, the county could not charge for the
audio tapes. He said most requests for the tapes come from lawyers.
The commission also increased from $10 to $25 the
hourly charge for research needed to fill some requests for public
records. The commission Tuesday approved a contract with Roth McHugh
and Associates, LLC, to administer a $200,000 Community Development
Block Grant to help with the expansion of Yachiyo Manufacturing of
Alabama's plant in Steele, a $28 million project that will create at
least 42 jobs. And the commissioners also Approved a resolution
proclaiming 2007 as the Year of Lee, in honor of Confederate Gen.
Robert E. Lee, who was born Jan. 19, 1807.
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