Temporary workers operating Cooper Findlay plant
US news sources report Cooper Tire & Rubber has brought in temporary workers to operate its Findlay, Ohio factory. Union member employees have been locked out of the plant since 29 November and local television station WTOL says temporary factory workers were driven in vans into the plant past picketing union workers on 5 December.
WTOL reported Chris Ostrander, Cooper Tire’s president of North American Tire Operations, as saying: “As the workforce starts to ramp up here, the temporary workforce, I am confident we are going to be able to get to full production and put a very good quality product out there.” He added that the plant could return to full capacity within 30 days and that the temporary workers all have relevant manufacturing experience – another local television station, WALB, reports that workers who lost their jobs when Cooper closed its Albany plant in 2009 are amongst the temporary workers now active in Findlay.
“We want our employees back to work as soon as possible,” Ostrander told WTOL. “The temporary employees will be here as long as necessary until we get an agreement in place that makes this facility competitive.”