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      Cooper Tire denies union's allegation of canceled meeting

      A meeting between Cooper Tire and union negotiators was suddenly cancelled.

      After negotiations between Cooper Tire and the United Steelworkers Union stalled in December but were promised to continue in the new year, a meeting with a federal negotiator that was supposedly scheduled for Jan. 12 has been canceled unexpectedly.

      USW Local 207L President Rodney Nelson confirmed to WNWO that Cooper Tire backed out of the meeting on Wednesday without giving a reason. But Cooper Tire spokesperson Michelle Zeisloft wrote in an email that they did not cancel "any negotiation sessions for the 12th or any day next week."

      "We last met with USW Local 207L on December 13, and there have been no sessions scheduled since then. The Company did, however, offer the opportunity for the locked out employees to return to work via a contract extension right after Christmas. The union did not respond to that offer." she wrote.

      The company locked out about 1,000 workers at its Findlay plant on Nov. 28, one day after union members rejected a tentative three-year agreement.

      Neither side has confirmed whether or not a meeting is scheduled in the near future.