Editorial (United Rubber Workers Union to join super union; government investigates tire industry price fixing)(Editorial)
This may be troublesome for the industry in the near future. The URW and the rubber manufacturers had a good relationship. Work stoppages were minimal during the past two decades. The Bridgestone impasse came after the company refused the pattern contract.
In its near-60 years of existence, the URW seemed to place worker safety as a top priority, hopefully the USW will do the same. The URW was a positive force in the rubber industry that should be recognized as being responsible for many of your job related benefits. The URW move into the USW and the planned super union formation will certainly affect this industry. Here's hoping the affects are positive.
Just as labor affects industry, the government does more so. It's not enough that the regulators in Washington keep companies burdened with various compliances, every so often they throw something else at us. This time it's an investigation of possible price fixing by the tire manufacturers. This isn't the first time this charge has been leveled and what should be funny is the fact that the prices on tires have moved little in that almost 20 year span. What triggered this investigation? Price fixing is supposed to benefit the fixers. the only price fixing on tires that I'm aware of comes from Detroit. If the government's claim that it's investigatin anti-competitive practices is really true, they could go into the consulting business and sell their study to all the rubber industry. We've been trying to eliminate anti-competitive practices for decades.
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|Author:||Smith, Don R.|
|Date:||Sep 1, 1995|
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