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United Steelworkers of America apparently have reached an agreement with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, averting a strike that would have affected hundreds of local workers.

The company released a statement on its website late Saturday night that said it has reached a new contract agreement with the steelworkers union, covering about 8,000 employees at six U.S. plants.

Ratification votes will be scheduled at the facilities in the near future, the company said.

The contract affects the 950 hourly workers at the Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America plant in the Town of Tonawanda, who faced a strike if an agreement hadn’t been reached by the end of Saturday.

Thomas O’Shei, president of Steelworkers Local 135 in Buffalo, posted one line on the local’s web site late Saturday: “Tentative agreement reached.”

No other details were available.