ALBANY, Ga. (June 9) — Hourly employees at Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.´s Albany tire plant have voted down a unionization attempt by the United Steelworkers.
The vote was 755 against the union and 465 for, with seven challenges, according to USW Organizer Lugertha Sharpley, who led the campaign in Albany. Workers voted in sessions June 7-8 at the Cooper facility.
Organizers must wait one year to hold another election for the Albany workers, but the USW can start a new campaign whenever it wants, she said.
The USW—then the United Steelworkers of America—previously made an attempt to run a campaign in 2002, but not enough people were interested, Sharpley said. This time, a group of workers called the union back in October and the campaign started in February.
Two of Cooper´s four U.S. tire plants—located in Findlay and Texarkana, Ark.—are USW-organized facilities. The company´s Tupelo, Miss., factory is non-union. The Albany factory previously was organized under the United Rubber Workers when the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co owned the site.