MAYFIELD, Ky. (Oct. 5)—Continental Tire North America Inc. said the National Labor Relations Board has dismissed unfair labor practice charges brought by the United Steelworkers of America concerning Conti´s decision to close the Mayfield plant.
"As we have repeatedly said, the company's decision to suspend tire production in Mayfield was based upon the high cost of producing tires at the plant," said Nick Fletcher, vice president of human resources at Conti. "The NLRB's decision confirms that the CTNA took this action for legitimate, business-related reasons."
Conti announced on June 29 that it would indefinitely suspend tire production at the plant.
On July 9, the union filed unfair labor practice charges, claiming the tire maker announced its decision to scare workers scheduled to vote on union representation at its Mount Vernon, Ill., factory.
According to the tire maker, the NLRB said the union presented "insufficient evidence to establish a violation." The union has 14 days to file an appeal.