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USW seeks Labor Secretary’s help in dispute with Korean tire company

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA - The United Steelworkers (USW) union is calling on the U.S. Secretary of Labor to use the labor chapter of the U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement in a dispute with Kumho Tire, a Korean company. In a letter to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, USW International President Leo W. Gerard said that “illegal tactics by the company have effectively limited the freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining for the U.S. workers at the Kumho facility” in Macon, GA. The union wrote to Acosta to request a formal consultation with the Korean government under the labor chapter of the trade agreement. The USW narrowly lost an election at Kumho Tire in Macon in October. The union filed complaints with the National Labor Relations Board, accusing the company of illegal conduct during the election, including the firing of a union supporter. The union representing Kumho Tire’s three plants in Korea sent messages of support to the workers at the Georgia facility. Kumho Tire’s $450 million plant in Georgia, which supplies nearby Hyundai, Kia and Chrysler auto plants, opened in 2016. The company, which has experienced economic difficulties, is currently controlled by a committee of creditors led by the Korean Development Bank, a Korean government entity. - * Email

This Weeks Headlines - Past 7 Days

Friday, November 17, 2017
Myanmar rubber exports set to rise
Global carbon black market forecast to grow at a CAGR of 4.8 percent through 2024
Lanxess to purchase Solvay's U.S. based phosphorus unit
Continental to invest more than $9 million in its textile reinforcement business in Georgia
Book of the Day - Resistance and Stability of Polymers

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Trinseo starts up new production line at Zhangjiagang, China plant
Registration for the 19th Annual AMAP Conference & Workshop is now open

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Call for abstracts issued, registration open for the International Conference on Plastics and Rubber Technology Spring 2018
Global silicone defoamers market forecast to reach $16.8 billion by 2025
Dow Chemical announces Evolv3D platform for high-performance 3D printing materials
FDA warns about illegal use of injectable silicone for body contouring and associated health risks
Thai farmers demand all board members of Thai Rubber Authority be dismissed

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Falken chosen as OEM for the VW Polo
ChemSpec announces exclusive distribution agreement with M&B GreenUS
USW seeks Labor Secretary’s help in dispute with Korean tire company
Fluoroelastomers market forecast to reach $1.64 billion by 2022
Malaysia's natural rubber production fell 12.6 percent in September

Monday, November 13, 2017
Rubber farmers to protest in Bangkok over falling rubber prices
Global rubber machinery market forecast to reach $5.6 billion by 2021
Bridgestone’s foamed rubber technology behind Blizzak studless tire success
TechnoBiz holds Tire Technology training program in Bangkok in December
Songwon Industrial Group releases third quarter results

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