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Continental Charged by NLRB

(Akron/Tire Review) Just before the Fourth of July holiday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint against Continental Tire North America Inc. for engaging in unfair labor practices in labor negotiations with the United Steelworkers representing workers at its Charlotte, N.C., tire plant.

The complaint covers talks between CTNA and the USW dating back to last October when Continental insisted on cost reductions totaling $32 million per year.

According to the NLRB, Continental "failed and refused and continues to fail and refuse" to give USW Local 850 necessary information the union insists it needs to effectively negotiate. A hearing on the NLRB complaint has been scheduled for Aug. 22.

Meanwhile, as of July 7, all tire production at the Charlotte will cease. CTNA had previously said it would shutter production at the plant in the fall, but moved the shutdown earlier due to what it said were declining market conditions.

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