Cooper Tire Workers Vote on Ohio Deal, Could End Lock-out

Feb 27, 2012

Union members at Cooper Tire in northwest Ohio are set to vote Monday on a tentative five-year agreement with the company that could end a months-long lockout.

More than 1,000 workers at the plant in Findlay were locked out in November. They had rejected an earlier contract offer, saying they were upset over proposed pay cuts and increased health care costs.

Multiple media outlets have reported that newer hires would be compensated differently than veteran workers under the proposed agreement.

The company has said it believes the new proposal addresses the union's concerns but allows the manufacturer to maintain competitive productivity.