MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (July 26)—Employees at Continental Tire North America Inc.'s Mount Vernon plant narrowly voted against union representation by a margin of 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent, the tire maker said.
The United Steelworkers of America had petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to represent production and maintenance employees at the plant. In balloting July 22-24, 807 voted against union representation and 747 in favor, according to Continental. A total of 41 ballots were challenged, not enough to change the final results.
"We are pleased with the outcome of the election," Nick Fletcher, vice president of human resources for Continental, said in a statement. "We hope that the Steelworkers will respect our employees' choice."
The USWA has seven days to file objections with the NLRB. The union earlier filed a charge with the labor board claiming that Continental had announced curtailment of tire production at its Mayfield, Ky., tire plant to "scare" workers in Mount Vernon from voting for union representation.