The Cooper Tire Lockout

Indian tire maker Apollo set to buy Cooper Tire

By Shannon Jones, 24 October 2012

The India tire maker Apollo Tyres is set to buy Cooper Tire, raising a new threat to the jobs and pensions of workers involved earlier this year in a three-month lockout

Lessons of the Cooper Tire struggle

By Andre Damon, 2 March 2012

On Monday, the more than 1000 locked-out workers at Cooper Tire in Findlay, Ohio voted to accept the company’s demands for wage cuts, ending a three-month-long lockout.

Amidst widespread discontent, Cooper Tire workers vote for concessions contract

By our reporter, 28 February 2012

The vote on the contract Monday expressed a lack of confidence in the United Steel Workers, which told workers that they had no choice but to sign the contract.

Union pushes concessions contract at Cooper Tire

By Andre Damon, 27 February 2012

The United Steel Workers union has agreed to nearly all of the company's demands in a tentative contract agreement presented to locked-out Cooper Tire workers in Findlay, Ohio on Saturday.

Union announces tentative settlement in Cooper Tire lockout

By Shannon Jones, 25 February 2012

The announcement of a tentative settlement comes two weeks after a union meeting at which United Steelworkers officials indicated Cooper workers might not get everything they were seeking and would have to make “tough decisions.”

SEP presidential candidate gives press conference, speaks to workers in Findlay, Ohio

By James Brewer, 16 February 2012

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White received a warm response from locked-out Cooper Tire workers in Findlay, Ohio. He held a noon press conference on the picket line Wednesday that was attended by the local media.

Union officials prepare ground for sellout of locked-out Cooper Tire workers

By James Brewer, 14 February 2012

Hundreds of Cooper Tire workers attended a local union meeting in Findlay, Ohio Saturday as the lockout of 1,050 workers entered its twelfth week.

Kucinich pushes anti-Chinese chauvinism in visit to Cooper Tire lockout

By Jerry White, 7 February 2012

The United Steelworkers (USW) invited US Congressman Dennis Kucinich to Findlay, Ohio, providing the long-time Democratic Party politician with a platform to posture as a friend of the locked out Cooper Tire workers.

Locked-out Ohio workers defy Cooper Tire as negotiations resume

By Jerry White and James Brewer, 3 February 2012

After waiting for the United Steelworkers to prevent a strike in Arkansas, management is preparing to resume negotiations with the USW to end to the two-month lockout in Ohio.

Cooper Tire workers in UK express solidarity with Ohio struggle

By Richard Duckworth, 28 January 2012

The WSWS spoke to workers at Cooper Tire’s European HQ at Melksham, Wiltshire, UK on the lockout of their colleagues at the Cooper Tire plant in Ohio.

Arkansas Cooper Tire local ratifies contract

By James Brewer, 28 January 2012

With the help of the United Steelworkers union, Cooper Tire managed to defuse rank-and-file opposition to concessions in Texarkana, Arkansas and push through a sellout contract.

The Cooper Tire lockout and the lowering of US wages

By Jerry White, 27 January 2012

On the picket lines in Findlay, Ohio, important political questions are emerging as Cooper Tire workers grapple with the issues posed by their nearly two-month struggle.

Unions isolate Cooper Tire workers in Ohio

By Lawrence Porter, 25 January 2012

The struggle by Cooper Tire workers in Findlay, Ohio is being deliberately isolated by the United Steelworkers union.

The unions and the lockouts at Cooper Tire and Caterpillar

By Joseph Kishore, 24 January 2012

As the lockouts of Cooper Tire workers in Ohio and Caterpillar workers in Ontario enter their ninth and fourth weeks, the unions are working deliberately to isolate the struggles and ensure defeat.

Texarkana Cooper Tire local to vote on settlement while Findlay workers remain locked out

By James Brewer, 21 January 2012

Cooper Tire management and union officials announced a tentative settlement in Texarkana, Arkansas.

“It’s going back to the 1930s”

Cooper Tire workers speak on struggle

By Jerry White, 13 January 2012

Cooper Tire workers in Findlay, Ohio discussed with the World Socialist Web Site the issues raised by their struggle.

“We need a revolution”

Six weeks into battle, Cooper Tire workers remain determined

By Jerry White, 6 January 2012

Cooper Tire workers in Findlay, Ohio remain steadfast nearly six weeks after being locked out for opposing wage cuts of up to 40 percent.

The ISO and the Cooper Tire lockout

By Barry Grey and Charles Bogle, 31 December 2011

In the face of the treachery by the United Steel Workers at Cooper Tire, the International Socialist Organization (ISO) is doing its best to disorient and confuse the rank and file and give a boost to the union leadership.

Cooper Tire lockout in second month

By James Brewer, 31 December 2011

Locked out Copper Tire workers will remain on the picket line into the new year. Negotiations will not resume until at least next week.

Cooper Tire struggle at the crossroads

By Jerry White and Charles Bogle, 20 December 2011

With the lockout of 1,050 workers at the Cooper Tire factory in Findlay, Ohio entering its fourth week, the determined fight by workers against the company’s wage-cutting demands must find a new way forward.

On the picket lines at Cooper Tire

By Andre Damon, 20 December 2011

As the lockout of 1,050 workers at Cooper Tire in Findlay, Ohio ended its third week, the World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers on the picket lines and at a support rally Saturday.

Mobilize the working class behind the Cooper Tire workers!

By Jerry White, 15 December 2011

A struggle of enormous significance for the working class is being waged in Findlay, Ohio, an industrial town of 41,000 people in the American Midwest.

Cooper Tire workers expose sweatshop conditions at Ohio factory

By Andre Damon and Jerry White, 14 December 2011

The workers now fighting wage and benefit cuts at the Cooper Tire factory in Findlay, Ohio are subjected to back-breaking work, in many cases for poverty wages, under a piecework pay system.

“If we don’t fight we’ll be making slave wages”

Cooper Tire workers in Ohio determined to fight pay cuts

By Jerry White and Andre Damon, 13 December 2011

More than a thousand workers are maintaining their picket lines at the Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. factory in Findlay, Ohio two weeks after being locked out for opposing management’s attack on their wages and working conditions.

Cooper Tire workers fight wage cut demands in northern Ohio

By Jerry White, 9 December 2011

More than 1,000 workers were locked out of their northwest Ohio factory on November 29 shortly after voting to reject the demands of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company for sweeping wage and benefit reductions.