Case 99: The Give Back: A Case of Union Busting 1 Page 280: Three years ago, Local 974 of the Union Tireworkers of America made significant contract concessions to the North American Tire Plant in Bailey, Georgia. The Union concessions were made for the company’s economic survival and for the plant to remain open. Now, as the U.S. economy was struggling to recover from what some had called the worst recession since the Great Depression, North American Tire and its union was back at the bargaining table. While the U.S. economy had shown some signs of recovery, the union was not looking to give back again but to recover some of what was given up in previous negotiations. The union’s position was that its previous concessions had facilitated North American Tire’s survival and that it had already done its part to ensure the company’s viability. However, the company had other goals for negotiations. The company’s initial proposals did not satisfy the union’s negotiating team, a strike resulted, and both sides indicated
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