FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Union members at Cooper Tire in northwest Ohio are mulling whether to approve a tentative agreement that could end a months-long lockout. In the new proposal newer hires would be compensated differently than veteran workers under the proposed five-year deal. They learned details of the proposal Saturday, and they'll vote on it Monday.
More than 1,000 workers at the plant in Findlay were locked out in November. They had rejected an earlier contract offer, saying they were upset over proposed pay cuts and increased health care costs. The company has said it believes the new proposal addresses the union's concerns but allows the manufacturer to maintain competitive productivity.