Colo. Wal-Mart workers vote no
LOVELAND, Colo.-Tire and Lube Express workers at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s Loveland store voted 17-1 against union representation Feb. 25.
The vote, a secret-ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), marked the second time during February that Tire and Lube Express workers elected not to join the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union. On Feb. 11, tire and automotive service employees at a New Castle, Pa., Wal-Mart store unanimously voted against UFCW representation.
Local 7, the Denver-based UFCW chapter, filed an objection to the vote with the NLRB March 11, according to spokesman Dave Minshall. He told Tire Business no union member was allowed to observe the election and claimed Wal-Mart added employees to the unit to dilute the strength of union supporters.
Rollier nominee for Michelin partner
CLERMONT-FERRAND, France-Group Michelin is proposing Michel Rollier, its chief financial officer since 1999, be elected a managing partner, to replace Rene Zingraff when he retires.
Mr. Rollier, 60, has been with Michelin since 1996, serving duties in the legal and finance departments before advancing to CFO in October 1999. His replacement will be Jean-Dominique Senard, who will join Michelin March 15 in advance of becoming CFO at year-end, the tire maker said.
Mr. Zingraff, 68, has served as managing partner since 1986.
TIA will host truck tire forum
BOWIE, Md.-The Tire Industry Association (TIA) will host an open forum during its World Tire Expo dubbed ``The Commercial Truck Tire Industry: Here and Now.''
The forum-moderated by David Zielasko, editor and vice president/publisher of Tire Business-will be part of the Commercial Tire Executive Summit April 20 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky. The open forum will focus on current issues and their impact on the commercial tire industry.
Participating on the panel will be: Art Campagnoni, director of sales, Bridgestone/Firestone; Marc Laferriere, vice president of marketing, Michelin Americas Truck Tires; Tom Roydhouse, senior vice president of the commercial tire group, Continental Tire North America Inc.; Don Kramer, director of commercial tire marketing, Goodyear; and Ed Reading, vice president of retread products and international sales, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.
For more information, visit www.worldtireexpo.org.
NLRB certifies Conti workers' vote
MOUNT VERNON, Ill.-The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has certified the results of last July's representation election at the Continental Tire North America Inc. plant in Mount Vernon in which workers voted against union representation.
Production and maintenance workers voted 807-747 against having the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) as its bargaining agent, with the 41 challenged ballots not enough to change the outcome. The USWA objected to the conduct of the election, claiming Conti tried to coerce workers with its announcement just prior to the vote that it would curtail production at its Mayfield, Ky., plant.
Last October, an NLRB regional director recommended the objections be overruled and on Feb. 23 the NLRB agreed with the report and certified the election, Conti said.
Michelin to boost OTR tire capacity
CLERMONT-FERRAND, France-Ad-dressing a worldwide shortage of off-the-road tires, Group Michelin plans to increase production capacity of earthmover tires at its plants in Lexington, S.C., and Vitoria, Spain.
Michelin did not disclose any details of the expansions, which it is undertaking to address what it calls ``unprecedented growth of the surface mining industry.'' The boost in capacity will complete measures the tire maker took in 2003 and 2004 to expand capacity, Michelin said, and will protect its market position.
Michelin's Lexington plant was built in 1996-97 at a cost of $280 million and expanded in 1998-99. The Vitoria plant was opened in 1966 and also produces passenger tires. Michelin also produces OTR tires at plants in Waterville, Nova Scotia, and Clermont Ferrand, Le Puy and Montceau, France.
Goodyear raises tread rubber prices
AKRON-Goodyear has boosted the price of its precure tread rubber and cushion gum by up to 6 percent along with other increases.
Goodyear's strip and slab rubber prices will rise by up to 5 percent. Under the Ultima brand, precure tread rubber will rise up to 8 percent and strip and slab rubber will increase up to 7 percent.