Cooper Findlay talks break down – again
Recently resumed talks over a new contract for Cooper Tire & Rubber’s Findlay plant in Ohio have already stalled, local media sources report. Representatives from the tyre maker and the United Steelworkers union only began negotiations again on 6 February, yet a union official told the Coshcoton Tribune that they’ve already stalled.
Rod Nelson, president of the local USW chapter, told the newspaper the recent informal discussions with Cooper had failed to lead to an agreement, and no further talks are scheduled this week. Nelson did not share details about Cooper’s proposed terms, however he described the tyre maker’s latest offer as being “a lot less” than that recently given to workers in the contract for Cooper’s Texarkana plant.
Findlay based television station WFIN quoted Nelson as saying Cooper “wants a piece of our ass” and repeated his claim that the tyre maker said Texarkana was much easier to work with than Findlay’s USW leaders.