HILTON HEAD, S.C.—United Steelworkers union representatives, protesting alleged illegal strike-breaking activities at Continental General Tire's Charlotte, N.C., plant, disrupted a tire conference here sponsored by Clemson University. About 125 demonstrators burst into the conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on March 4, startling attendees and confronting conference speaker and Continental General executive Chris Dickson with accusations of ``lawless strike breaking'' activities by the Charlotte-based company.
Protesters, led by Earl Propst, president of striking Local 850, challenged Mr. Dickson concerning what they called the company's refusal to meet with union representatives, its hiring of 700 replacement workers, ``bad faith bargaining'' and other alleged unfair labor practices.
Demonstrators handed out leaflets alleging company violations of the National Labor Relations Act and concluded their protest by singing the labor anthem, ``Solidarity Forever.''
Hassan Behery, professor of textiles at the university, said Clemson will press charges against the union for trespassing and disturbing the peace.
He said union officials had told Clemson and hotel officials beforehand that pickets would be present but would not disrupt the gathering.