Cooper, USW give Texarkana deal the thumbs up
The new four-year contract for unionised employees at Cooper Tire & Rubber’s Texarkana plant in Arkansas, USA has been ratified by both the tyre maker and the United Steelworkers union. The agreement, which affects approximately 1,500 union members, received a 1,006 to 141 vote endorsement. The new deal includes wage and benefit changes, which will be implemented over the course of the four-year accord, plus plans for additional plant investment – a measure Cooper says was “applauded” by both salaried and hourly employees.
In announcing this vote of approval, Cooper says representatives from both the company and union “expressed their appreciation for the high level of professionalism and efficiency that extended beyond the negotiating teams to the entire workforce at the Texarkana plant.” Cooper adds that all parties involved are “equally consistent in their optimism” for the future of the Texarkana facility and the ability of the plant employees to be even more productive under the terms of the new contract.