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NLRB hearing officer urges certification of Steelworkers election at Kumho Tire

By staff |
November 16, 2020
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Macon, GA - A hearing officer with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recommended certifying Kumho Tire workers’ organizing victory with the United Steelworkers (USW) and dismissing the company’s objections “in their entirety.”

After workers at the Macon plant last year overcame Kumho’s oppressive anti-union campaign and voted to join the USW, the company filed several groundless objections in an effort to overturn the election.

The NLRB regional director dismissed some of those objections months ago, citing the lack of evidence.

In a report issued November 10, NLRB Hearing Officer Brenna C. Schertz discredited the remaining objections. She determined that one company witness fabricated testimony and scolded Kumho for presenting “nonsensical” evidence and making allegations that were “wholly without merit.”

Schertz recommended overruling all of Kumho’s objections and certifying the workers’ election. The decision now rests with the NLRB regional director.

“Since the start of the organizing campaign, Kumho has employed every underhanded tactic possible to thwart the election, break the will of its workers and silence them,” said USW District 9 Director Daniel Flippo.