UPDATE: Goodyear says it's prepared to keep its plants open and take care of its customers, but so far the company hasn't said how it plans to do that.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Workers at 16 Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plants in 10 states went on strike Thursday after the company and the union failed to agree on a new labor contract.
"The company left us with no option," said Ron Hoover, executive vice president of the United Steelworkers of America, which represents the Goodyear workers. "We cannot allow additional plant closures after the sacrifices we made three years ago to help this company survive."
The old contract expired July 22 and both sides agreed to an indefinite day-to-day extension. The Steelworkers issued a 72-hour notice on Monday and said they would terminate the contract at midday Thursday if an agreement wasn't reached.
The company said it was prepared to keep its plants open and take care of its customers but did not immediately say how it planned to do that.