Michelin's Kitchener plant carries on despite strike

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Michelin North America Inc.'s (MNA) Kitchener, Ontario, Uniroyal Goodrich plant is "continuing limited operations with salaried employees," according to a Michelin spokesperson.

Approximately 1,000 production workers at the factory went on strike June 1 in response to MNA's labor contract offer.

MNA officials declined to disclose the issues in dispute, but Steelworkers claim that the tiremaker "is demanding that workers pay a portion of benefits, the annual amount the company wants to limit. A lifetime cap on health care benefits for future retirees is also part of (Michelin's) position."

MNA believes the Kitchener plant will be able to make enough tires to meet demand as the strike continues.

Both parties say they are ready to resume talks but no date has been set for a return to the bargaining table.

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