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Kumho Tire Macon Employees Vote Against Joining USW

Employees at the Kumho Tire plant in Macon, Ga., voted 164 to 136 against representation by the United Steelworkers union. The USW plans to file objections with the national labor relations board.

Employees at the Kumho Tire plant in Macon, Ga., voted 164 to 136 against representation by the United Steelworkers union, according to a report in The Telegraph

A USW representative told the newspaper the union plans to file objections with the national labor relations board because “we believe the employer committed many unfair labor practices.”

The vote by secret ballot was held on Oct. 12 and 13 at the Kumho plant in the Sofkee Industrial Park. The U.S. National Labor Relations Board handled and oversaw the paper ballot voting process.

The $450 million plant, which opened in May 2016, is the tiremaker’s third overseas production base and will manufacture 17-inch or larger tires for passenger cars and ultra-high performance tires. Kumho said 80 percent of the tires produced at the Macon facility are expected to be sold as OE tires to global automakers in North America.

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