NEW GLASGOW, Nova Scotia-The most recent attempt to unionize Michelin North America's three Canadian tire plants-all in Nova Scotia-failed to get the 40 percent support from the plants' 3,000 hourly workers necessary to bring the matter to a vote. Meanwhile, the Canadian AutoWorkers union, which had been attempting to organize the factories, is challenging the count.
``They are saying some of the people on (Michelin's employment roster) do not work there any longer or are in management and are no longer hourly employees,'' said Ken Horne, CEO of the Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board.
The board has submitted to Michelin a list of the employees the AutoWorkers have questioned, and the tire maker is working on verifying the hourly employment of each, Mr. Horne said.
If the workers in question are discounted, the number supporting the union would rise to more than 40 percent, he said. A decision is expected by mid-August.
This campaign was the ninth attempt by a union-and the third by the Canadian AutoWorkers-to organize Michelin's Nova Scotia plants in their 25-year history. WASHINGTON-A tire recall by Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. was among 10 safety recalls of motor vehicles and equipment singled out July 18 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as having a particularly low response rate.
NHTSA issued the list to draw attention to the matter and to urge the public not to ignore recall notices, but to have the free repairs made as soon as possible.
Acting NHTSA Administrator Christopher A. Hart blamed consumers for the low response, not the companies, who had notified all purchasers as required by law.
The Kelly recall, announced in November 1992, involved 2,127 P165/80R13 tires made between June and August 1992 and sold under the Reliant and Star brand names. Bent serial number plates used for those tires damaged the sidewalls, Kelly said.
Of the recalled tires, the company got back only 329, or 15.5 percent of the total. All the recalls singled out by NHTSA had response rates of less than 20 percent after six months or more. AKRON-Goodyear is closing the Atlanta headquarters of Air Treads Inc. and merging the operations of the aircraft tire subsidiary into its regional units.
Goodyear's aircraft tire business now will be handled through regional units in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America.
A company spokeswoman said the restructuring was a logical move in the wake of last year's sale of Air Treads' aircraft wheel and brake refurbishing business, which left the unit with only tires.
``There is no longer a need for a separate (aircraft tire) organization,'' said Goodyear President Hoyt M. Wells.
The reorganization, effective Aug. 1, will take several months to implement, but won't affect the company's manufacturing or retreading of aircraft tires, the spokeswoman said.
Of the 60 people affected by the headquarters closing, 30 management, sales and technical personnel will transfer to Goodyear's Akron headquarters or its Atlanta aircraft tire retreading plant.