FINDLAY, Ohio (Dec. 4, 2008) — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has reached a tentative agreement with United Steelworkers Local 207L, ending weeks of negotiations following the Oct. 31 expiration of the previous contract.
Work continued at the tire maker's Findlay factory during negotiations for the new contract, which is set to expire in three years.
The agreement comes as the tire maker conducts a 90-day capacity study, initiated as a result of soft demand for tires. The study, the company said, will likely result in the closing of one of its four U.S. plants.
Jack Hamilton, Cooper's Findlay plant manager, said if the agreement is approved it will “position the Findlay plant in a competitive manner, which is especially important while we are finalizing the network capacity study.”
The USW Local 207L will hold an informational meeting Dec. 5 for workers to discuss voting instructions.