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GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A United Steelworkers official says Goodyear workers in Gadsden voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new four-year contract, which has won national ratification.

Local 12 President David Hayes says 63.7 percent of union members in Gadsden voted in favor of the proposed contract, joining other union locals that supported ratification.

Hayes said about 70 percent of the union membership voted in sessions held last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

National union leaders say approval of the contract will prevent the potential closing of a half-dozen plants in the next four years.

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