HUNTSVILLE, Ala.-Saying the company was asking for more concessions than they could give, some 1,500 union workers at Dunlop Tire Corp.'s Huntsville factory went on strike June 21. Dunlop said the main issues deal with cost and productivity improvements necessary for profitability.
``We expect that the work stoppage will not be prolonged, and with our existing product inventory any inconvenience or disruption to our customers will be minimal,'' said P. David Campbell, Dunlop senior vice president for corporate administration.
Dunlop's other U.S. tire plant near Buffalo, N.Y., is unaffected by the strike.
Members of United Rubber Workers Local 915 say the walkout could last some time because the subsidiary of Japan's Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. has shown no flexibility in its bargaining.
The union claims contract changes include moving from 12-hour shifts to an eight-hour schedule; redoing the seniority system; making workers pay a portion of their benefits; and tying the cost-of-living allowance to plant performance.