PITTSBURGH (Oct. 2)—The USWA balked at a $240 million federal racketeering lawsuit filed Sept. 29 against the organization and more than 100 individuals, calling it "another in a long line of ludicrous assertions by a misguided CEO." The lawsuit filed by Titan International Inc. alleges that the USWA and the named individuals, most of them union members, broke laws during long ongoing strikes at two company tire facilities. Maurice Taylor Jr., Titan CEO and president, also called for changes in strike voting procedures through a proposed "Workers´ Bill of Rights." Union officials said they vigorously will defend the complaint, and said Taylor´s voting changes are "unique in their commitment to turning back the rights of workers to 19th century standards."
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