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Rubber workers strike 12 Uniroyal plants
From the Associated Press Uniroyal, the nation's third largest triggering the walkout. that violate the guidelines.
he United Rubber Workers Union tire company, has "pledged to uphold THE UNION contends it had reached Bommarito said Uniroyal, which has
ed 8,200 members out on strike at a the guidelines," company spokesman tentative agreement with Uniroyal on $37 million worth of federal contracts,
en Uniroyal plants yesterday in a James Hill said shortly after the strike new economic terms that would have reneged on its contract agreement with
matic showdown with the big tire began. broken Carter's guidelines; but the the union fter the government
ker over President Carter's anti-in- THE ADMINISTRATION has exer- company backed out of the deal last threatened to stop buying Uniroyal
ion wage guidelines. ted considerable pressure on Uniroyal month because of intense government tires.
he strike is as much against the Car- and other tire companies to resist wage pressure. Uniroyal denies that it ever Affected by the walkout are tire plan-
administration as it is Uniroyal Inc., settlements that exceed the already had an agreement. ts in Detroit, Chicopee Falls, Mass.,
he union seeks a new contract that stretched guidelines. Government sources said the ad- Opelika, Ala., Eau Claire, Wis., and
eeds the president's voluntary Several presidential inflation ad- ministration stepped into the dispute eight non-tire facilities in Chicago,
en per cent annual ceiling on wage visers acknowledged privately they amid reports that Uniroyal and the Mishawaka, Ind., Port Clinton and
fringe benefit increases. were encouraged that Uniroyal was union were on the verge of a settlement Painesville, Ohio, and Naugatuck,
HEY, CARTER, we can't live on willing to take a strike rather than give that would have boosted labor costs by Conn.
peanuts," proclaimed one picket sign
outside a Uniroyal tire plant in Detroit
as 800 day-shift workers walked off the
job in observance of a noon strike
A typical rubber worker now makes a
little more than $8 an hour.
in to a guidelines busting settlement.
Union President Peter Bommarito,
who has dubbed the walkout "Carter's
strike," was unavailable for comment
yesterday at his headquarters in Akron,
Ohio. But he said earlier that the ad-
ministration was responsible for
more than 40 per cent over three years.
Such a settlement would have
devastated the wage guidelines, said
The union also is challenging Carter's
guidelines in the courts. The Rubber
Workers, the AFL-CIO and other unions
contend in a suit pending before a
federal judge in Washington that ad-
ministration efforts to enforce the wage
guidelines are illegal.
THE SUIT argues that Carter lacks
congressional authority to threaten to
deny federal contracts to companies
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IN ADDITION to tires, Uniroyal
makes other rubber products, plastics,
chemicals and footwear.
Uniroyal officials at the company's
New York headquarters said the strike
should not cause any immediate supply
problems but the longer-term outlook
Many of Uniroyal's plants are non-
union and will keep operating, in-
cluding its largest tire plant in Ar-
dmore, Okla., which produces 50 per
cent of the firm's domestic radial tires.
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