PITTSBURGH (Aug. 8, 2006) — The United Steelworkers (USW) union has filed a complaint with the U.S. State Department over its continuing fight with Continental Tire North America Inc. over the tire maker's decision to close its Charlotte, N.C., plant.
The State Department serves as the “national contact point” for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)'s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The guidelines are non-binding principles and standards for business relations between signatory countries, including the U.S. and Germany. Conti's parent, Continental A.G., is based in Hanover, Germany.
The USW also filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). A trial is set for that complaint for Aug. 22, the union said.
The union said its complaints focus on Conti's demands for $32 million in cost cuts to save the Charlotte plant while the union claims Conti did not provide sufficient information to aid the union's bargaining.
A Conti spokesman could not be reached immediately for comment.