Strike at Michelin tyre plant in Ontario

From Rubber & Plastics News

Kitchener, Ontario-About 1000 production workers staffing Michelin North America (Canada) Inc.’s Goodrich tyre unit in Kitchener went on strike at midnight 31 May.

The company is asking for concessions in numerous areas, according to Wayne Fraser, director of United Steelworkers of America District 6, which covers Ontario and several other Atlantic provinces.

Michelin wants its workers to contribute to health care benefits-something they haven’t done before-accept job subcontracting, a two-tiered wage system and lifetime caps on health benefits for future retirees, and…

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