Happy Holidays Questionable for Locked Out Cooper Tires workers

Rally Saturday December 17 Planned

Occupy Detroit is rallying in support of workers from USW 207L whom have been locked out from Cooper Tires. This lock-out comes at a tough time for many families, during the holiday season. It affects the economy of Findlay Ohio by limiting the ability for these workers to celebrate the holidays as they normally do with family, friends and neighbors. 1,050 men and women are affected by this executive decision by Cooper Tires management.

Website Link for Support – donations & petition signing are encouraged

Metro Detroit Caravan Scheduled

Carpools from around metro Detroit are encouraged to bring friends, families, and neighbors in a rally of support being held at Dorney Plaza at the Hancock County Courthouse in Findlay Ohio on Saturday, December 17. The caravan is gathering at 9:45am at USW Sub-District 2 HQ, 13233 Hancock Dr, Taylor MI 48180. Drivers and riders are encouraged to connect through Facebook events linked [here] and [here]. Write on the walls and connect please, there are drivers seeking riders coming from around metro Detroit.

Press Release

The following press release was issued November 28, 2011 by the West Central Ohio Labor Council of the AFL-CIO.

Steelworkers Locked-Out at Findlay Cooper Plant

Pittsburgh – The United Steelworkers (USW) today condemned Cooper Tire and Rubber Company’s decision to lock-out 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 that he expects the union to pursue unlawful bargaining charges against Cooper with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and added that 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 determina-tion 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 longstanding relationships with Cooper’s loyal customers,” said Rod Nelson, USW Local 207L president “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, rang-ing 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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