Journey For Justice Showing Results -- Cooper Tires Reaches Agreement With USW

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The labor-led "Journey for Justice" is already having results. Started as a response to lockouts at Cooper Tires and American Crystal Sugar, the journey is crossing six states in six days and is a joint venture of the United Steelworkers and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers International Union.

The journey isn't even over yet, and already one of the targets of the event has settled -- Cooper Tires has reached and agreement with the United Steel Workers to end the lockout. USW is scheduled to vote on the agreement Monday.

A union official says a tentative agreement has been reached with Cooper Tire to end a lockout in northwest Ohio that began in November.

Steelworkers local union President Rod Nelson says the agreement reached Thursday will be outlined for 1,000 members on Saturday. They will vote Monday at the union hall in Findlay.

He says the union won't disclose terms until members see the tentative agreement.

There was no immediate comment from the company. Messages were left at company offices.

In November, workers rejected a contract offer and said they were upset over proposed pay cuts and increased health care costs.

Workers from American Crystal Sugar, which have been locked out longer, have still not been offered a agreeable settlement.


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