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1,000 United Steelworkers Locked-Out By Management At Ohio Cooper Tire & Rubber Plant/Union Expects To Pursue Unlawful Bargaining Charges With NLRB

Published Tuesday, November 29, 2011 11:00 am
by USW National News

(FINDLAY, OHIO) – The United Steelworkers (USW) are condemning Cooper Tire and Rubber Company’s decision to lock-out Union-Represented Workers at the company’s profitable Findlay, Ohio Production Facility, despite the Union’s good faith offer to keep working while negotiations toward a new Labor Contract proceeded.

USW District 1 Director Dave McCall said he expects the Union to pursue Unlawful Bargaining Charges against Cooper with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), adding the Union is still committed to negotiating a fair contract in Findlay.

“These negotiations have been hindered considerably by Cooper’s behavior at the bargaining table and the company’s determination to instigate a Labor Dispute,” said USW District 1 Sub-Director Patrick Gallagher. “Cooper’s intent to test our solidarity became clear the moment the company refused our offer to continue working until we reached a new contract.”

“Our Members are proud of their long-standing relationships with Cooper’s loyal customers,” USW Local 207L President Rod Nelson said.  “We urge Cooper management to return to negotiations at once so that these relationships are not strained.”

USW Local 207L represents more than 1,000 Hourly Workers in Findlay, while USW Local 752L represents Cooper employees in Texarkana, Texas.

The USW represents about 850,000 Working Men and Women in the United States and Canada in a wide variety of industries, ranging from Glass Making to Mining, Paper, Steel, Tire and Rubber and other manufacturing environments to the Public Sector, Service and Health Care Industries.

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