USWA breaks off Mayfield talks with Conti

MAYFIELD, Ky. (Nov. 22)–The United Steelworkers of America Local 665 broke off bargaining with Continental Tire North America Inc. over the severance package for employees to be laid off with the upcoming cessation of tire production at the Mayfield plant.

“We are very disappointed by the union´s decision to break off negotiations at this time,” said Nick Fletcher, Conti vice president of human resources.

Conti said its new proposal–presented during negotiations Nov. 18-19–increased the severance payments to $8,000 for all hourly employees with one or more years…

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